A look at the events and articles to be aware of in the education and SEND world.
Free schools programme could be scrapped
According to The Times, Ministers are looking at scrapping the programme to build hundreds more free schools in order to fund the Tory manifesto promise to boost education budgets by £4 billion. The budget for creating new free schools currently stands at £1.3 billion.
Justine Greening written statement confirms teachers’ pay will remain capped at 1%
In a written statement the Education Secretary confirmed the School Teachers’ Review Body’s recommendation to keep pay capped at 1%. This means a further real-terms cut in salary for over 500,000 teaching staff. According to Greening, due to “previous reforms, schools already have significant flexibility, within the pay ranges, to set pay for individual teachers, taking account of performance and retention.” Read the full statement and STRB recommendations here.
Catch up with Monday’s House of Lords debate on the state of inclusive education and the First reading of the Learning difficulties bill here.
Westminster Hall 11-11:30am – Role of children’s centres in tackling social inequality, led by the new Lib Dem Education Spokesman, Layla Moran.
1pm – APPG for Autism
APPG for Autism hears from MPs Cheryl Gillan (chair), Huw Merriman and Maria Caulfield.
2:30pm – 4:00pm – Government policies on social mobility. Labour’s Lucy Powell is expected to call for grammar schools that fail to admit higher numbers of of poorer students to face funding cuts. It comes as school census data showed the proportion of pupils claiming free school meals at grammar schools in 2017 was 2.7%.
4:30pm – 5:30pm – Consultation with disabled people on the effect on their services of the UK leaving the EU
Election of new Select Committee Chairs – MPs will elect a new Chair of the education select committee. The candidates are Nick Boles, Rehman Chishti, Robert Halfon, Tim Loughton, Stephen Metcalfe and Dr Dan Poulter.
11-11:30am – In Westminster Hall, there will be a debate on support for Nottingham schools
5-6pm APPG on Speech and Language difficulties
The APPG will hear examples from North Yorkshire County Council’s model for ‘rethinking care for adolescents.’
Follow proceedings using the #APPGSLD hashtag.
From 11am – The House of Lords will question the government, focusing on the root causes of poverty and disadvantage.
No Business scheduled for either House.
EPI: How should we fund England’s schools?
Hosted by the Education Policy Institute in partnership with the Whitehouse Consultancy, the discussion will focus on the Government’s proposed new national funding formula (NFF) for schools.
Read Jules Daulby’s blog reflecting on Ofsted’s new HMI, Amenda Spielman’s speech at the Festival of Education: “Schools are equal, but some more equal than others.”
Catch up with DYT’s presentations at the Festival here.
Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness publishes new report
The Someone cares if I’m not there by Sense focuses on attitudes towards disabled people.
‘Significant proportion’ of SEN teaching is being delivered by TAs
Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have left profession
The Guardian reports that almost a quarter of the teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession, according to official figures, prompting concerns about the pressures on the profession. Read more.
SEN in Secondary Education study
See DYT’s response to this research here.