A look at the events and articles to be aware of in the education and SEND world from the last week before Parliament breaks for summer recess.
The official twitter account of the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom MP has just announced there is to be an “update on schools” from Justine Greening.
One Government statement today in the @HouseofCommons:
Justine Greening – Schools update
— Leader's Office (@CommonsLeader) July 17, 2017
According to TES the statement will be “good news” on school funding matters… see below for timings and how to follow the statement.
Research Schools announced by Department for Education
In the latest announcement by Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, 12 new schools are to become research schools as part of a major education upheaval in the selected opportunity areas. The selected schools will share a pot of £2 million receiving £200,000 each. This will allow them to become “focal points of evidence-based practice” in their regions over the next three years.
Ark Blacklands Primary School in Hastings is one of the schools to be selected, Driver Youth Trust is delighted to announce we supported Ark Blacklands application, having worked closely with them over the last couple of years. Find out more here.
Robert Halfon elected as Chair of Education Committee
Robert Halfon, the former minister for apprentices and skills, has been elected to chair the Education Select Committee, find out more about Halfon here. Labour has confirmed it’s members of the committee, including former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell and Emma Hardy, a former teacher and NUT activist.
3:30pm Room N, Portcullis House:
Inaugural meeting of the APPG for Education.
2:30pm House of Lords, Oral questions:
Reforming Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon.
Ensuring that local authorities put an action in place for all children in need.
4:15pm House of Commons, Statement on Schools
Secretary of State, Justine Greening is expected to make a statement on a schools update at 4:15pm.
12:30 pm – Speakers House:
APPG for Autism – Speaker’s House Reception and Photocall: Autism Friendly Award.
4pm – Committee Room 19:
APPG for Autism – Parliamentary Reception and Photocall: Autism Friendly Award.
9:30am Room T, Portcullis House:
APPG Financial Education for Young People – AGM.
12pm – House of Commons:
Prime Minister’s Question Time
2pm – Committee Room 7:
APPG for FE and lifelong learning
4pm Committee Room 15:
APPG for Music Education – AGM.
There is no relevant business on Thursday or Friday.
Outstanding relevant bills in House of Lords:
Both Houses of Parliament will return from summer recess on Tuesday 5th September.
Note to APPGs:
Any group that was on the Register of APPGs published on 2 May 2017 has until 15 September 2017 to hold an Inaugural Meeting (at which its officers must be elected) then renew its registration by completing the Registration Form for APPGs. If the group fails to submit the form by 15 September it loses its status as a registered group then.
Sub-regional improvement boards set up to advise RSCs
Schools Week reports that local authorities will advise the government on how to improve struggling schools in their area. Read the full piece here.
Number of children under 7 being excluded is on the rise, expert says
Amanda Spielman of Ofsted warns about impact of new GCSEs
The Sunday Times reports that schools facing tougher GCSE exams, taken for the first time this summer by about 700,000 pupils, are threatening children’s chances of getting a “broad and balanced education”, the chief inspector of schools warns today.
‘We shouldn’t define children with SEND by their diagnoses, but we must be informed by them’
Jarlath O’Brien writes for TES arguing that there are positives and negatives to how labels are used to identify children with SEND – read the full piece here.