Trainee teachers don’t understand safeguarding role, says Ofsted | schoolsnortheast

Inspectors find that trainees are unclear about their safeguarding responsibilities toward children.

Trainee teachers are not being made fully aware of their future role in safeguarding children, Ofsted warned today.

Understanding safeguarding was one of the areas for improvement flagged up from the first stage inspections of initial teacher education this summer, Angela Milner, Ofsted’s specialist HMI for initial teacher education, told a conference this week.

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‘Alarming’ number of schools accused of unofficially excluding SEND pupils | schoolsnortheast

In an Ofsted report released this week, figures show that an ‘alarming’ number of schools are using unofficial exclusions as a way to deal with pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Ofsted findings also report that pupils with SEND have a much poorer experience of education than their peers.

The inspectorate says that the illegal exclusions are being used as a behaviour-management policy, in addition to fixed term exclusions.

In the report, Ofsted said: “School leaders have used unofficial exclusions too readily to cope with children and young people who…

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Exam pressure fuels rise in Childline calls about mental health | schoolsnortheast

In the Childline annual review released this week, figures show that more than a fifth – 22 per cent – of the almost 300,000 young people whom it counselled in 2016-2017 were primarily concerned about their mental and emotional health. This was an increase from 8 per cent in 2015-2016.

According to the report, exam pressures have contributed to a near tripling in the proportion of Childline callers whose main concerns relate to their mental wellbeing.

Speaking to Tes, Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive said: “These issues reflect the pressure to conform and do well in exams.

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Teacher apprentices will be paid on unqualified scale | schoolsnortheast

Trainee teachers on a new postgraduate teaching apprenticeship will be guaranteed an unqualified teacher’s salary, the government has announced.

The Department for Education says schools will not be allowed to pay apprentice teachers the apprentice minimum wage, which is currently £3.50 per hour.

Instead, they will be paid a salary in line with the unqualified teachers’ pay scale, which starts at £16,626 for those working outside London.

Unions had expressed fears that the introduction of a teaching apprenticeship would allow schools to pay new recruits less than current trainees….

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Unauthorised absences up despite government crackdown | schoolsnortheast

Unauthorised absences have risen across primary and secondary schools, despite attempts by the Government to crack down on attendance.

According to recently released figures, pupils taking days off schools without an authorised reason rose from 0.9% in 2015-16 to 1.1% in the autumn-spring terms in 2017.

The main driver of the rise in unauthorised absences has been unauthorised family holidays, according to the report published by the Department for Education.

In the most recent data, 86.6 per cent of pupils had a least one session of absence, compared to just 85.4 per cent the year…

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English school budgets facing ‘breaking point’, warn Head Teachers  | schoolsnortheast

Head Teachers are to warn MPs that school budgets in England are facing “breaking point” after a combined £2.8bn in cuts and costs imposed upon them by the government.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is writing to all Westminster MPs to highlight the plight of state schools in England suffering from funding shortages, in which it tells the politicians that standards are at risk.

The letter contains a blunt plea from Paul Whiteman, the NAHT’s general secretary, for MPs to lobby Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and ask for more resources for schools ahead of next month’s…

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Trainee teachers don’t understand safeguarding role, says Ofsted | schoolsnortheast

Inspectors find that trainees are unclear about their safeguarding responsibilities toward children.

Trainee teachers are not being made fully aware of their future role in safeguarding children, Ofsted warned today.

Understanding safeguarding was one of the areas for improvement flagged up from the first stage inspections of initial teacher education this summer, Angela Milner, Ofsted’s specialist HMI for initial teacher education, told a conference this week.

Read the full Tes article here

 

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