Education in the Media: Tuesday 17 July 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the recent announcement around Relationship and Sex Education and the Home Office announcement today on knife crime.

Relationship and Sex Education

Today, Tuesday 17 July, there have been several articles on relationship and sex education, following the opinion piece by the Secretary of State at the weekend. The Daily Star, The Sun and the I all wrote follow up pieces, focusing on various aspects of future content for such subjects.

Some pieces have noted that children at the age of four years old will receive lessons in consent; to be…

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Education in the Media: Monday 16 July 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the Secretary of State’s editorial piece in today’s Daily Telegraph ahead of the launch of the consultation on updated Relationships and Sex Education guidance.

Internet safety

This week, we are planning to launch the consultation on the updated guidance for Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary school.

On Sunday 15 July, we announced that young people will be taught how to deal with peer pressure and the importance of consent, in both the virtual and real worlds, as part of the new…

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

Today’s Education in the media looks at the latest pupil projection numbers, and our most recent apprenticeship figures.

Pupil Number Projections

Yesterday, Thursday 12 July, the department published national-level population projections data from the Office for National Statistics, which looks at the pupil populations for all school types over the next decade. The projections showed that the population of all schools is predicted to increase to just over 8.4 million people in 2021, a 4.3 per cent increase. The increase is mainly expected to come from secondary schools, with a minor…

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

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the funding that we have provided to schools as well a report into admissions at St Olave’s school from Bromley Council.
School funding

On Thursday, 12 July, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published a report into school funding.

This was reported by the Today Programme, Guardian, BBC Online and TES, who all reported that the IFS has said that school spending on pupils has fallen.

We are clear that funding is at its highest ever level and standards are rising with 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010….

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Education in the Media: Wednesday 11 July 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the Key Stage 2 SATs results, the Public Accounts Committee report on academy conversion and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s report on early years services.
KS2 SATs

On Tuesday, 10 July, we published the Key Stage 2 assessment results for schools in England. The SATs results showed that more children across the country met the expected standard at the end of primary school this summer in English and mathematics.

The results were covered widely in the media by The Mail, Mirror, The Telegraph, the Guardian, Independent, The Sun,…

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Education in the Media: Tuesday 10 July | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the media blog looks at the National Education Union’s survey on Key Stage 2 SATs tests and comments around IGCSEs.

SATs

Today, Tuesday 10 July, the National Education Union (NEU) published survey findings which claimed that 9 out of 10 teachers think SATs tests have a negative effect on their pupils’ wellbeing. This was reported by PA and The Sun.

We are clear that assessments at primary school are a crucial part of a child’s education, which helps teachers and parents understand where they need additional support.

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Education in the media: Monday 9 July 2018 | Media Officer

Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at the funding that we provide to grammar schools, as well as an article from Minister Nick Gibb about LGBT equality and support for schools and teachers.
Grammar schools funding

Yesterday, Sunday, 8 July, the Sunday Times published an article about grammar schools claiming that they are struggling with funding. This was also reported by the Daily Mail today

School funding is at record levels, with an additional £1.3bn being invested across 2018-19 and 2019-20, including in grammar schools. We have also introduced the National Funding Formula,…

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