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Keeping children safe in education -September update

Posted: May 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This is updated guidance is for governing bodies as well as headteachers, teachers and education. It is dated 5 September 2016 for information only. Until 5 September 2016, schools and colleges must continue to use the current statutory guidance dated July 2015

Detailed list of changes are identified in an annex to the document including expectation of further updates (on children missing from education and child sexual exploitation) before September 2016–2#history


Teacher Workload

Posted: March 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Reports about eliminating unnecessary workload for teachers regarding marking (including principles and recommendations) together with those on Data Management and Planning and Resources were published on Easter Saturday ( during NUT and NASUWT conferences) Click for link

A one page summary is available from ‘School Week’ here


Keep London Schools Great

Posted: March 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Changes planned to the way government funds education will lead to less money for London schools. This campaign wants fair funding to spread the achievements made possible in London around the country but not at the expense of our children.

Click for their website

Schools causing concern

Posted: March 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

New Statutory guidance explaining local authorities’ and regional schools commissioners’ responsibilities relating to schools causing concern from 18 April


This guidance describes how:

  • local authorities and regional schools commissioners (RSCs) will intervene in underperforming local-authority-maintained schools
  • RSCs will intervene in underperforming academies


The guidance is statutory for local authorities.


Governing bodies of maintained schools should also be aware how this guidance affects their schools

The revised statutory guidance, which applies from 18 April 2016, except the section about ‘coasting’ schools, which will apply when DfE publish the 2016 school performance tables.


Local authorities should use this guidance in conjunction with the interim executive board application form, which is available separately. Statutory guidance sets out what local authorities must do to comply with the law- they should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.


A definition of ‘coasting’ is in the government response to the consultation on intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools.

Educational Excellence Everywhere

Posted: March 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The white paper has received considerable publicity, especially its main provision to oblige all existing maintained schools to convert to academy status by 2020, or to have plans in place in 2020 for conversion that will be completed by 2022.


The Schools Minister Nick Gibb wrote to all chairs of governors on 18 March about the white paper. His letter states that the government expects most schools to join Multi-Academy Trusts.


One commentary follows:

The white paper envisages other changes designed to create a schools-led system:

  • replacing Qualified Teacher Status with accreditation based on teachers’ performance in the classroom
  • improving leadership training and encouraging the best teachers to serve in challenging areas
  • transferring responsibility for school improvement from local authorities to schools
  • encouraging successful school leaders to take over underperforming schools
  • a new national funding formulaLocal authorities will be left with responsibility for ensuring every child has a school place, ensuring that the needs of vulnerable children (including those with SEND) are met, and acting as a champion for children and parents.Another proposed change that has been widely publicised is the removal of the requirement on academy trusts to have elected parent members. However, they would still be able to have elected parents if they wished. Accountability to parents will be provided by an expectation that academies put in place mechanisms to seek and respond to the views of parents. (A couple of weeks before the publication of the white paper the DfE said that it had dropped plans to remove the requirement to elect parent governors to maintained school governing bodies.)The white paper envisages strengthening governors’ skills by developing a competency framework that defines the core skills and knowledge needed for governance. It also proposes creating a requirement for new governors to be inducted and for academies to provide training and development for governors. The wording suggests that this will not go as far as making training mandatory.

The Education and Adoption Act

Posted: March 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Education and Adoption Bill passed through parliament at the end of February, and was given Royal Assent on 16 March.


One commentary follows:

During the passage of the Bill very few amendments were agreed, other than one from the government itself to extend the new concept of coasting schools to include academies. Ministers said that this was always their intention, and that the omission was a drafting error.


The Act creates new powers to tackle underperforming and coasting schools. “Coasting schools” are not defined in the Act but a definition will be given in regulations that went out to consultation late last year, the responses to which are currently being assessed by the DfE. The yardstick will be based on the numbers of children making good or better progress and the number reaching set standards in GCSEs or Key Stage 2 tests. Schools will be deemed to be coasting if they do not meet the standards for three years in a row. This assessment will be retrospective as results for the last two years will be included. Some schools may therefore be judged to be coasting this autumn.

Underperforming maintained schools will have to convert to academy status if Ofsted judges them to be inadequate. Previously the Secretary of State had the option of whether to issue an academy conversion order for such schools, but now she is to be obliged to do so. The process of conversion is being streamlined, in order to prevent long campaigns of opposition. The governing body will not be able to consult on the proposal, and if it appears to be dragging its feet the Secretary of State has the power to issue directions with time limits. However, sponsors of new academies must communicate their plans to parents.


The role of Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) is being strengthened. Coasting maintained schools will be required to submit improvement plans to them. If the plans are deemed credible the schools will receive support; if not, they will be converted into academies. Coasting academies must also submit improvement plans to RSCs, and if these are judged insufficient RSCs may transfer the academies to new sponsors.

Schools national funding formula

Posted: March 8th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The government are seeking views on proposals to introduce a national funding formula for schools.


The consultation sets out plans to deliver “a fair, transparent funding system where the amount of funding children attract for their schools is based on need and is consistent across the country.”


This is the first of 2 planned consultations and runs from 7 Mar 2016 to 17 Apr 2016

At this stage they are seeking views on:

  • the principles that underpin the formula
  • the pupil characteristics and school factors in the formula


They are also seeking views on the overall funding system, in particular on proposals to:

  • introduce a school-level national funding formula where the funding each pupil attracts to their school is determined nationally
  • implement the formula from 2017-18, allocating funding to local authorities to distribute for the first 2 years, and then to schools directly from 2019-20
  • create a central schools block for local authorities’ ongoing duties
  • ensure stability for schools through the minimum funding guarantee and by providing practical help, including a restructuring fund


The consultation documents set out a case for change and why the government think the current funding system is unfair. You can also read more about how the current funding system operates.


The consultation is in parallel on proposals to introduce a high needs formula for children and young people with special educational needs.


Video Guides from Ofsted

Posted: March 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Ofsted have published three short video clips on what governors can expect from an Ofsted inspection.


Belita Scott, Ofsted lead on Governance talks about:

  • what governors can expect on inspection
  • what questions governors might be asked by inspectors
  • on what governors can expect in the final feedback session


School Governance Regulations

Posted: March 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

New School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 laid before Parliament on 25 February 2016


(a) Require governors in maintained schools to have an enhanced criminal record certificate

(b) Specify that federations of maintained school must have two elected parent governors


The new regulations on criminal record certificates come into force on the 18 March 2016 and for Federation governing bodies on 1 September 2016


Criminal Record certificates

From 1 April 2016, all maintained school governing bodies must apply for an enhanced criminal records certificate for any newly appointed governor within 21 days of their appointment

For any serving governor who does not have one all maintained school governing bodies must apply for an enhanced criminal records certificate by 1 September 2016

We can expect more detailed advice but DfE have indicated that

  • schools can rely on a copy of an existing certificate
  • as there is no expiry date on the certificate it is up to the governing body to decide if and when if a new one is needed.


Federation constitution

The regulations change the composition of federated governing bodies so that two parents are elected in respect of all schools in the federation. Although not explicit it is assumed that there is a limit of two (as other categories are limited to the number specified) however further advice on the implementation (for example on the Instrument of Government and existing governors) can be hoped for before the regulations apply on 1 September.

English School Extremism

Posted: February 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Professor Danny Dorling of Oxford University comments on English schools in the Guardian