Parliament returns today from the Easter break and the Education Committee resume their inquiry into Alternative Provision, where DYT’s Jules Daulby will be on the panel on Tuesday. Elsewhere, today families across the country will find out which primary schools their children will start in September. All this and more below…
Adjournment Debate on the effect of cyber-bullying on young people’s mental health
Where: House of Commons Chamber
Led by: Alex Chalk MP
Short debate on developing a sustainable lifelong learning culture in England.
Where: House of Lords Chamber
Led by: Baroness Garden of Frognal
Event: International Festival of Learning
Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman are the top names at the first International Festival of Learning, which has already attracted more than a thousand teachers and education professionals to West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.
Education Committee hearing on alternative provision
Time: 9:45 am
Where: Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Driver Youth Trust’s Director of Education, Jules Daulby will give evidence to the Education Select Committee to help form their inquiry on Alternative Provision. The session will focus on how school exclusions can be avoided through early interventions in mainstream schools. In DYT’s written evidence we argued: “Prevention rather than reaction should always be the priority and permanent exclusion leading to an AP setting should always be the last resort.”
Jules will be joined on the panel by Dr Louise Gazely, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex and Dr Marion Gillooly, Head of Strategic Development & Innovation, Includem.
The Education committee hearing on quality of apprenticeships and skills training will follow at 10:35 am.
Watch the session live here.
New Reception Baseline Assessment to be delivered by NFER
The Department for Education announced that the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been selected to develop the new Reception Baseline Assessment. The new test will be rolled out by the end of 2020 at a cost of around £9.8 million. Read more.
Government announces a consultation on home education
On April 10 the DfE opened a call for evidence for anyone involved in elective home education to gather comments, evidence and suggestions about the registration of children who are home educated and the monitoring of home education by local authorities. They are also asking for, and wish to promptly analyse, comments on revised guidance about home education for LAs and parents in order to implement changes to these. The deadline for all consultation responses is 2 July 2018.
New funding for the arts
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb announced £96 million to support talented music, drama and dance pupils kick-start their career in the arts.
NEU: Vulnerable special needs pupils at risk of exclusion due to funding cuts
According to a National Education Union survey, children with special educational needs or disabilities are not getting the support they need and are at risk of being permanently excluded from school because of funding cuts.
New Fact Sheets on new GCSEs
The DfE released information about the new GCSE grades for parents, employers and further and higher education providers.
Why primary schools need to embrace picture books to boost literacy – Read here.
Simon Smith, a headteacher at East Whitby Academy, offers some tips on using picture books in the classroom
John Harris writes in the Guardian: Policies that seek to push these children out of mainstream schools are turning back the clock to a nastier age.
Following the launch of the Bercow: Ten Years On report I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists have just published a review of provision in England for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. They have a new petition calling on the Government to implement its recommendations and MPs to support the review’s findings.
Spotlight on DYT:
Free event: Supporting SEND learners in the classroom – join us for our second York cluster event to explore practical strategies on how best to support children with SEND in the classroom.
Date: Thu 19 April 2018
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 BST
New Blog: Notes from the Field #2 – Planning. Jules blogs based on a 1:1 clinic I held at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), mainstream secondary school teachers in various subjects gave me issues which affect students with literacy difficulties and SEND.