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Full Education Committee line-up confirmed

Full Education Committee line-up confirmed (15th September, 2017)

Five Conservative MPs, five Labour MPs and one Scottish National Party MP will serve alongside chair Robert Halfon, the former Skills Minister, on the new Education Committee, it has been announced. The Education Committee is responsible for holding the Government and  regulators, such as Ofsted and Ofqual, to account in areas including policy and spending.

Increase in number of children ‘not ready’ to start school

Increase in number of children ‘not ready’ to start school (8th September, 2017)

New statistics released this week suggest that children starting school are more than ever before likely to lack basic skills such as speaking effectively or even using the toilet.

Schools open doors to ‘more unfilled teacher posts’

Schools open doors to ‘more unfilled teacher posts’ (8th September, 2017)

Leading specialist recruiters are reporting that schools are beginning the term with rising numbers of teaching vacancies – up a quarter on two years ago. Education recruiter Eteach reported seeing a rise of 15% over two years at the end of August.

GCSE TURMOIL AFFECTS GRADES NATIONWIDE

GCSE TURMOIL AFFECTS GRADES NATIONWIDE (24th August, 2017)

New GCSE reforms affects grades throughout England with mounting pressures on schools and students to perform

NORTH EAST RECORDS FASTEST RISE IN TOP GRADES

NORTH EAST RECORDS FASTEST RISE IN TOP GRADES (17th August, 2017)

A Level pupils in the North East achieved the highest increase in top grades in the past 5 years, outperforming all other regions in the country

Disadvantaged pupils in the UK are at higher risk of poor mental health

Disadvantaged pupils in the UK are at higher risk of poor mental health (19th April, 2017)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Pisa survey of student wellbeing questioned 540,000 pupils at around the age of 15. It found that bullying levels in the UK are significantly higher than the global average, with almost a quarter of pupils reporting having been bullied a few times a month.

National Funding Formula: stage 2 - SCHOOLS NorthEast response

National Funding Formula: stage 2 - SCHOOLS NorthEast response (22nd March, 2017)

In December 2016, the Department for Education announced it was seeking views on the detailed design of the schools national funding formula, as part of the second stage of its consultation. 

On behalf of Head Teachers across the region, SCHOOLS NorthEast submitted the following response.

Hammond must use first Budget to fill funding blackhole in schools

Hammond must use first Budget to fill funding blackhole in schools (6th March, 2017)

SCHOOLS NorthEast is calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to use his first Budget to tackle the funding crisis within schools.

Ofsted downgrades more than half of North East schools during section 5 inspections this academic year

Ofsted downgrades more than half of North East schools during section 5 inspections this academic year (27th January, 2017)

Ofsted has downgraded 56.41% of section 5 inspections in North East schools conducted and published in the autumn term.

SCHOOLS NorthEast written evidence to inquiry into children and young people's mental health: role of education

SCHOOLS NorthEast written evidence to inquiry into children and young people's mental health: role of education (25th January, 2017)

School leaders in the North East are reporting a worrying increase in mental health issues among children and young people and recognise that schools have an important role to play in addressing this problem.

First school-led mental health commission launches in North East

First school-led mental health commission launches in North East (20th January, 2017)

The commission, titled Healthy MindED, brings together a representative group of school leaders along with influential practitioners working within and alongside the education system to consider how best to tackle growing problems with children’s emotional wellbeing.