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.
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.
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.
New GCSE reforms affects grades throughout England with mounting pressures on schools and students to perform
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
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.
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.
SCHOOLS NorthEast is calling on Chancellor Phillip Hammond to use his first Budget to tackle the funding crisis within schools.
Ofsted has downgraded 56.41% of section 5 inspections in North East schools conducted and published in the autumn term.
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.
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.