Read our response to the government’s Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and improving career Progression for Teachers consultation.
DYT’s position is that QTS needs inclusion to be “built-in, not bolt on.” 8 in 10 SEND learners are in mainstream classrooms. If we are to enable them to prosper we must ensure that teachers can support them.
The Education Secretary will this week announce a review of exclusions, to be led by Edward Timpson, the former children’s minister. DYT welcomes the review, in April, we responded to the government’s consultation on Statutory Guidance for exclusions.
We argued the government must do more to tackle the fact that SEND learners are more than 7x more likely to be excluded. You can read our full response here: DYT response to Exclusions consultation
During their Spring Conference, the Lib Dems published Every Child Empowered: Education for a changing world, a 40-page policy paper that changed their position on a number of issues.
Included within were a commitment to a greater emphasis on SEND by Ofsted and a review of specialist support services available to support mainstream teachers to teach SEND pupils effectively. DYT recommended these measures in our Joining the Dots report.
In a new report, the Think Tank argues that by working in collaboration with respected institutions like the British Museum, the Government should support the creation and take-up of world-leading curriculum materials. Read more.
The Education Secretary spoke to the trade union in Birmingham where he pledged to strip away workload that doesn’t add value in the classroom and give teachers the time to focus on teaching in his first speech to the profession. Read the full transcript.
The government has published guidance for local authorities, health commissioners, parents and young people on a 2-year trial to extend powers of the SEND Tribunal.
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned that Local authorities are struggling to transfer all children with SEND to new EHC plans by the April deadline.
Alison Anderson, Headteacher of Drive for Literacy partner Buckden Church of England Primary School has created a petition to support profoundly dyslexic pupils in their SATs grammar test by being given compensatory marks for spelling.
Philip Hammond will give his update which will “consider longer-term fiscal challenges and start consultations on how they can be addressed”. He is not expected to announce any new policies but it could be worth tuning in to see if schools are in line for an increase in funding.
Location: House of Commons Chamber
Time: 12:30 pm
Date: Tuesday 13th March
The Education Committee hears from Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Children and Families, on fostering and other areas of his brief, including SEND, safeguarding in schools, early years and childcare policy and opportunity areas.
Location: Committee Room 5
Date: Wednesday 14th March
Location: Westminster Hall
Date: Wednesday 14th March
There are two questions in the Lords, on the government’s response to the National Children’s Bureau report ‘Children Missing Education’ and their plans to improve the collection of national-level data on such children and on Outdoor Classroom Day.
Location: House of Lords Chamber
Time: 11 am
Date: Thursday 15th March