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Ofsted’s North East Report: A Snapshot

Ofsted’s North East Report: A Snapshot (3rd October, 2017)

‘The one constant in your life is change’ – those were the words of Cathy Kirby, Regional Director of Ofsted for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber at the SCHOOLS NorthEast Ofsted event this week at Boldon.

DfE’s Chief Scientific Adviser Leaves to Work with Gove

DfE’s Chief Scientific Adviser Leaves to Work with Gove (3rd October, 2017)

It has been announced this week that Tim Leunig, Chief Science Adviser for the DfE, is leaving the department to work for Michael Gove’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Sharing lessons from North East career benchmarks pilot with Spain

Sharing lessons from North East career benchmarks pilot with Spain (3rd October, 2017)

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) region is the first in the country to pilot the eight National Career Benchmarks identified by Sir John Holman and the Gatsby Foundation.

Proportion of students taking arts subjects falls to lowest in decade

Proportion of students taking arts subjects falls to lowest in decade (3rd October, 2017)

New figures suggest that the number of 15-16 year olds studying arts subjects in England, such as drama and music, has fallen to the lowest level in a decade as a result of government policies.

BBC Learning Launch Mental Health Video Campaign

BBC Learning Launch Mental Health Video Campaign (3rd October, 2017)

A set of free videos introducing the issue of mental health to primary school has been released by BBC Learning.

New Ofsted system would see schools graded ‘good-ish’, headteachers warn

New Ofsted system would see schools graded ‘good-ish’, headteachers warn (3rd October, 2017)

Head Teachers have warned that the proposed new one-day Ofsted school inspections could see schools graded as ‘good-ish’ and confuse parents as to what this means.

Ofsted boss ‘tears her hair out’ over schools that still grade individual lessons

Ofsted boss ‘tears her hair out’ over schools that still grade individual lessons (15th September, 2017)

Amanda Spielman has raised concerns about a lack of curriculum expertise in schools at this week’s ResearchED annual conference, held at Chobham Academy in Stratford, East London.

One in five parents ‘do not spend any time reading with their children’

One in five parents ‘do not spend any time reading with their children’ (15th September, 2017)

New research has found that a fifth of parents with primary school-aged children do not spend time reading with them.

Workload and government policy forcing teachers out, DfE research finds

Workload and government policy forcing teachers out, DfE research finds (15th September, 2017)

Research by the Department for Education (DfE) has found that workload is the ‘most important factor’ for teachers leaving the profession, with factors such as government initiatives and being undervalued by the Senior Leadership Team as close contributing reasons.

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.