Education in the media: Friday 20 April | Media Officer

Today’s blog looks at how the Department has been helping schools and teachers ahead of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into effect and apprenticeships at the Hilton Hotel Group.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR)

In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into effect, which, for schools, will mean that they will need to have more robust processes and controls in place regarding data protection.

To help schools prepare for this we have put together a series of blogs, posted on the Information Commissioner’s Office website and…

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Education in the Media: 19 April 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at work to improve young people’s vocabularies and student loan interest rates.

WORD GAP

Today, Thursday 19 April, The Guardian, Telegraph, BBC Online and BBC Breakfast carry pieces on a report commissioned by the Oxford University Press which claims a large number of pupils across primary and secondary schools are suffering from a ‘vocabulary deficiency’, also known as the ‘word gap’.

The Government is taking steps to address the word gap, and set out a raft of measures to target this in the social mobility action plan, Unlocking Talent,…

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Education in the media: Wednesday 18 April 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at siblings in care and the work that teachers do to teach democracy, law, mutual respect and tolerance in schools.

SIBLINGS IN CARE

Today, Wednesday 18 April, BBC online and BBC Victoria Derbyshire Show have run a feature piece about children in care who have been split from their siblings.

All councils have a duty to make sure a child is able to live with their sibling, where it is in the best interest of the children.

Government reforms to children’s social care aim to encourage local authorities to meet the needs of the children and…

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Education in the media: Tuesday 17 April 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the Guardian’s comment on the proposed ‎boycott of SATs by the campaign group ‘Let Kids Be Kids’.

Today, Tuesday 17 April, the Guardian published an editorial piece on SATs and the boycott proposed by the campaign group, Let Kids Be Kids. The campaign was reported on exclusively by The Independent last week.

Today’s Guardian editorial piece asks: who can blame parents for boycotting SATs?  and while it does acknowledge that SATs can help secondary schools accurately assess a child’s ability and track performance of disadvantaged students,…

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Education in the media: Monday 16 April | Media Officer

 

Today’s blog looks at national primary school offer day.

Today, Monday 16 April, parents who have applied for a primary school place for their child will find out what school their child will go to in September. This was covered by the Sun, Guardian, Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

The statistics for this year aren’t available yet but last year 90 per cent of pupils received their first choice nationally and 97.2 per cent were offered one of their top three primary schools.

Parents now have more good or outstanding schools to choose from than in previous years. Overall, nine in…

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Education in the media: Friday 13 April 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the quality of apprenticeships and the work underway to create apprenticeships in a wide range of professions.

APPRENTICESHIPS

Today, Friday 13 April, the think-tank Reform has published a report on apprenticeships.

This has been reported widely, including by BBC Breakfast, Radio 4, Financial Times, Times , BBC Online, FE Week and TES. One of the angles the media has picked up on is that Reform has suggested some apprenticeships run by fast food chains and coffee shops may not be of a high standard.

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Education in the media: Thursday 12 April 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at a parents’ right to withdraw their children from religious education, and the latest figures on the uptake of 30 hours free childcare.
Religious Education

Yesterday, Wednesday 11 April, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ called on the government to stop parents from withdrawing their children from religious education in schools.

Parents do have the right to remove their children from part of or all of their religious education lessons if they feel that teaching conflicts with their values or beliefs.

The government firmly believes in…

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