As we get into the second week of the election campaign and the last week of the 2015 Parliament, we have rounded up the events and articles to be aware of in the education and SEND world.
What have the parties been campaigning on?
Conservatives: Grammar schools white paper won’t be published until after election (read more)
Labour: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn highlighted analysis by the party which suggests that over half a million children are in ‘super-size’ classes in primary school, with 40,000 pupils in classes of over 36 and over 16,000 in classes with at least 40 children. (Read more). Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has written that education is in crisis for TES.
Lib Dem: John Pugh MP for Southport and Lib Dem spokesman on education is standing down at this election.
|Wednesday 3 May||Dissolution of Parliament|
|Thursday 4 May||
Receipt of writ
|Monday 8 May||
Last day for publication of notice of election
|Thursday 11 May||
Deadline for candidates to deliver nomination papers.
Publication of statement of persons nominated 5pm
|Monday 22 May||
Deadline to register to vote.
|Tuesday 23 May||
Deadline for applying for a postal vote (5pm)
|Monday 29 May||
|Wednesday 31 May||
Deadline for applying for a proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) (5pm)
|Thursday 8 June||
Note: In a written answer Edward Timpson revealed that statistics in ‘Statements of SEN and EHC plans: England: 2017’ will be released on 25th May 2017.
Westminster Hall 4:30pm
A debate, entitled “E-Petition 172405 relating to GCSE English Literature exams” and sponsored by Helen Jones, will take place in Westminster Hall. The debate seeks to authorise open book examinations for GCSE English Literature. Read a briefing on the debate here.
House of Lords 2:30pm
Encouraging school gardening to ensure that every child understands the environment and has an early connection to nature (led by Baroness Benjamin, Lib Dem).
House of Lords 2:30pm
Debate on improving standards of literacy in the workforce.
Technical and Further Education Bill: Consideration of Commons Amendment and Reason
APPG ON ADULT EDUCATION meeting 15:00, Committee Room 8
Westminster Hall 9.30 am
9.30 am – 11.00 am: Debate on School funding in the North East of England (Sharon Hodgson, Lab, Washington and Sunderland West)
4.00 pm – 4.30 pm: Learning outside the classroom (Barry Sheerman, Lab, Huddersfield)
House of Lords (3.00 pm)
Debate on encouraging the study of design subjects in schools.
House of Lords (11.00 am)
Provision of parking spaces, specifically for disabled people who live and work in central London.
Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2017: motion of regret (Lord Clark of Windermere)
The Department for Education is seeking views on planned changes to statutory guidance for local-authority-maintained-schools, academies and pupil referral units.
You can respond to the consultation here.
TES – Schools to be left in funding limbo until new government formed, DfE reveals. Results from the government’s consultations on the National funding formula and grammar schools will not be revealed until after the 8th June. Read more.
Schools Week – Phonics boosts reading accuracy, study finds. Read more.
Special Needs Jungle – Special needs lawyer calls for election pledge to solve SEND disarray. Zach Esdaile, a partner at Bowers Solicitors, says recent government research reports in no way reflect the reality for families. Zach himself struggled with dyslexia and dyspraxia, but says he was lucky to get the right help to enable him to qualify as a solicitor. Read more.
Schools Improvement – Primary assessment loophole for ‘failing’ pupils closed. The government has closed a primary assessment loophole that provided an incentive for schools to enter children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) for tests they were likely to fail. Read more.