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Nov
13

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has announced the appointment of Anne Longfield as the next Children’s Commissioner for England. Anne Longfield is the chief executive of 4Children, which is a national charity which works to support children, young people and families. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-childrens-commissioner-appointed

Nov
11

An extra £22.5 million is now available to help disadvantaged primary schools so that their pupils do not fall behind their peers in other schools. This extra money will provide additional resources that will help teachers to support the most disadvantaged pupils from the outset. Visit the gov.uk site to find out more.

Nov
04

Planting Promise has been operating in Sierra Leone since 2008 to provide free education of the highest quality to as many under-privileged children as possible. They believe in sustainable solutions and have therefore been determined to fund schools through ethical and empowering businesses that provide employment for local people and help feed the country. Their community farms grow rice, cassava, sesame, groundnut and pigeon pea.

Nov
03

Ofsted has recently published information to schools to try to dispel some of the myths about inspection with the aim of reducing stress and unnecessary workload in schools. But the recent changes to the Inspection Framework continue to cause understandable anxieties.

Nov
03

EYFSP statistics are showing that too few infants and toddlers are ready for school. Nurseries are now being urged to take action.

To combat this, the government is introducing a number of initiatives to support those children who are falling behind:

Nov
03

Absence rates in schools have decreased from 5.3% in autumn 2012 and spring 2013 to 4.4% in autumn 2013 and spring 2014, which is the lowest percentage since 2006. This is in line with the government’s initiatives to encourage increased attendance in school. This includes pushing schools to deal with continuous absence from the outset, for which the threshold has been reduced from 20% to 15%.

Read more about this topic on the GOV.UK website.

Nov
03

Even though Britain is in a period of Economic Growth, this alone does not impact upon reducing child poverty rates - The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has published its second annual State of the Nation 2014 Report – Read more about it on the GOV.UK website.

Nov
03

Ofsted recently undertook a survey of 22 schools that had previously been identified as performing well in the Subject of PE. This survey was to measure the effectiveness of the Primary PE and Sport premium which was introduced by the government in 2013 to compliment the Olympic Legacy Funding.

Nov
03

A free school to school support programme funded by the Greater London Authority has just launched its programme of autumn and spring events. The programme, which is school-led, is free to attend for all schools across London. Details can be found on their website.

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