Month: March 2019

Primary schools will deliver LGBT lessons

Despite growing protests from parents around the country, MPs have backed reforms to enable primary and secondary schools to deliver LGBT lessons as part of their curriculum. The move means that from September 2020, health and relationships education will be compulsory in all primary schools and secondary schools under RSE – Relationships and Sex Education. In addition, in all secondary schools, sex education will now be mandatory. However, growing numbers of schools are facing protests from parents at their school gates following the ‘No Outsiders’ programme being suspended at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham. Project teaches LGBT relationships to...

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77% of re-inspected ‘Outstanding’ schools degraded

A surprising 77% of schools rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted were downgraded after being re-inspected last year. This means that fewer than one in four of the outstanding schools inspected by Ofsted retained their top grade. The news comes after the Department for Education removed the bar that meant outstanding schools were not routinely inspected every year by the school inspectorate. The report published today is the first since the organisation stepped up its inspection criteria and of the 117 schools that were previously exempt and were inspected between April and December 2018, one in three were rated as...

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£5.4bn funding shortfall hits schools

Despite extra money being provided to help cover teacher pay rises, unions warn that schools have had to deal with a £5.4 billion funding shortfall since 2015. The School Cuts coalition has published an analysis based on school funding figures from 2015 to this year. The coalition, which includes the National Education Union, the ASCL and the NAHT, says its figures take into account the extra funding provided by government to help pay teacher salary rises. There’s also been a consideration of the pupil premium and the education funding for 16 to 19-year-olds. The unions then compared the funding...

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Teachers call for car ban outside schools

Teachers are calling on the government to take urgent action to ban cars outside schools in the UK to help improve air quality. And one survey has found that around two in three teachers would give their support for schools having car-free roads during pick-up and drop-off times. Around half of teachers say the government now needs to promise urgent action to boost the air quality near schools. The survey by Sustrans, the cycling and walking charity, found that 43% of teachers say idling car engines near the school gates is a concern and 63% say air pollution is...

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Absence rates in schools continuing to rise

Government data has revealed that in English schools, the rate of absence rose in 2017/18 with unauthorised absences from schools now reaching a record high. The Department for Education says that the rate of unauthorised absences has risen from 2016’s figure of 1.3% to 1.4% last year. That’s the highest level of school absences in England since records began. Also, the rate of authorised absences has risen to 3.5% last year, from 3.4% in the year before. The overall rate of absence in state-funded schools This means that the overall rate of absence in state-funded special, primary and secondary...

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