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Replacement for RAISEonline from this April – Friday 17 February 2017

This week I report on the DfE’s announcement that a new service will replace RAISEonline from April, the House of Commons Education Committee remains unconvinced about plans to increase selective education and the Local Government Association has called on the Government to make sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools. 359 more words

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Post Valentine's Day (+mini book reviews)

Love-free zone, guys. Except for love of books, but you don’t need Valentine’s Day to show off your love of books. Come to think of it, why isn’t there a holiday for books? 1,605 more words

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Increasing the number of good and outstanding secondary schools in the North is a top priority identified in a new report– Friday 10 February 2017

This week I highlight the publication of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s first report identifying key priorities to increase the impact and contribution of the North to the UK economy, a new teaching resource aimed at preventing abusive behaviours within young people’s relationships and a request from the DfE for feedback on its current financial benchmarking website. 384 more words

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Plans for a Year 3 phonics re-check in primary schools abandoned – Friday 3 February 2017

This week I report on the Government’s decision to abandon plans for a Year 3 phonics re-check, school governors in West Sussex are threatening to “strike” over the new funding formula and new research published examining good practice in early education. 234 more words

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A Bit Political (+ Book Reviews)

We Tread on a Dangerous Path

It would be incredibly irresponsible of me to write a blog post without at least mentioning the depressing political moves of our newly-inaugurated president. 799 more words

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Tougher Ofsted guidance could be drawn up for better careers advice in schools – Friday 27 January 2017

This week I report on the Government’s plans for a ‘comprehensive careers strategy’, new secondary school resources to help to teach pupils about Brexit and the Article 50 process and new publications from the DfE to support schools to save money on their non-staff spend by improving how they buy goods and services. 289 more words

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Announcement of 6 new ‘opportunity areas’ – Friday 20 January 2017

This week I report on the expansion of the ‘opportunity areas’ programme, the publication of final KS4 figures and performance tables based on last year’s GCSE results, guidance on Progress 8 and Attainment 8 headline measures and confirmation from the DfE for funding for SEND from April this year. 346 more words

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