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Councils 'not confident' school admission rules are legal
Eight local councils are not confident that schools in their area have lawful admissions arrangements, according to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. In her annual report, Shan...
Government confirms free school meals eligibility under universal credit
The government will proceed with its plans to change the threshold for free school meals eligibility under universal credit, children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced. It means a...
Questions over training and pay for school mental health leads
Schools are still none the wiser on the new mental health “leads” after it emerged the government is yet to decide how much training they will receive or...
Performance data on EAL pupils is 'profoundly misleading', warns EPI
Attainment scores for children with English as an additional language (EAL) are “profoundly misleading” and “distorted”, according to a new report. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) and the...
Ministers under pressure on funding for PSHE lessons
Ministers are under increasing pressure to say whether they will make personal, social, health and economics (PSHE) lessons compulsory, amid apprehension about the extra resources schools will need...
Zero-tolerance behaviour policies exclude more vulnerable children, MPs told
Increases in exclusions are being driven by “shaming” school behaviour policies backed by the Department for Education, experts have warned MPs. Jane Pickthall, chair of the National Association...
SENCO forum is back up - but only for some
The National SENCO Forum has been partially restored nearly three months after it was taken offline by the Department for Education – but eight other special needs advice...
LKMCo: 'Give schools £10k per vulnerable pupil to stop exclusions'
Schools should get a large cash windfall to help them support pupils at risk of exclusion, a leading education think-tank has said. In its evidence to a parliamentary...
Access arrangements for SEND pupils 'too strict and confusing', say exam officers
Schools find exam access arrangements increasingly strict and confusing, according to the body that represents exams officers. Many schools want “much clearer” guidance on access, as well as...
Primary MATs have the widest gender pay gap
Primary school academy trusts have the largest pay gaps between men and women according to new national data – and senior figures are pointing to the high numbers...
Ofsted rejects plans to monitor schools via social media
Ofsted will not use information posted on social media by pupils and parents to identify schools in need of intervention, to the relief of opponents of the plans....