FFT analysis shows growing hole in provision for pupils with EHCPs | schoolsnortheast

Think tank FFT Education Datalab has recently published analysis of pupils with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) in schools.

Reviewing Department for Education data on SEN provision, Chief Statistician Dave Thomson highlights trends since 2007 showing that children with more complex needs are increasingly attending special schools, rather than secondary schools.

The DfE data illustrates that the percentage of pupils with EHCPs in special schools has increased, while the proportion attending secondary schools has dropped. The percentage of the same category of pupils in primary…

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Schools North East and Social Mobility Commission co-host first regional roundtable | schoolsnortheast

Tuesday 26 February 2019 saw the first regional roundtable co-hosted by Schools North East and the national Social Mobility Commission in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The newly reconstituted Social Mobility Commission has as its aim to improve upwards social mobility across England and focuses on people from disadvantaged communities. The Commission is led by Chairwoman Dame Martina Milburn and comprises twelve commissioners, amongst which is the North East’s Sammy Wright, Vice Principal of Southmoor Academy in Sunderland.

Schools North East has worked with the Commission to bring the national…

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Education Secretary unveils new guidance on launch of compulsory health education | schoolsnortheast

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has set out new plans stating that school pupils of all ages will be taught compulsory health education from September 2020.

Health education classes are to accompany parallel introductions of compulsory relationships education for primary-age pupils and relationships and sex education (RSE) for secondary-age pupils.

Promoting the positive link between mental and physical health and focusing on preparing pupils for the modern world, the intention of the new subjects is to ensure children have relevant knowledge at their fingertips to help them grow up…

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Education Links w/c 25th February 2019 | schoolsnortheast

https://ift.tt/2Ex7Lc4 – Chronicle Live, Former Tory Chancellor George Osborne attacks Government for forgetting about the Northern Powerhouse

https://ift.tt/2Eiggqe – Department for Education, Outstanding Gateshead student awarded Lord Glenamara Prize

https://ift.tt/2RuBPZW – Petitions UK Government & Parliament, Gateshead Heads’ petition nearly at 100,000 signatures…

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Scrap ‘pointless’ GCSEs says Education Select Committee Chair | schoolsnortheast

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Education Select Committee Chair Robert Halfon MP has called for GCSEs to be scrapped and A-Levels replaced by a baccalaureate.

He argues that emphasis on a  “knowledge-rich curriculum”, through performance measures like the EBacc, has pressurised teachers to train to the test. This leads to the focus being on rote learning above skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and team-working, Mr Halfon believes.

A spokesman for the Department for Education said:

“GSCEs are the gold standard qualification at age 16 and a passport to…

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Education Links w/c 11th February 2019 | schoolsnortheast

http://bit.ly/2IbimgW – Chronicle Live, Council bosses ‘quietly optimistic’ over future of Haydon Bridge High School.

http://bit.ly/2N2lWZn – Chronicle Live, Hexham and Seaton Delaval are both set to get new school buildings.

http://bit.ly/2DwSOFk – Chronicle Live, Multi-million pound plans unveiled to expand three Northumberland schools….

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MPs to debate Gateshead Heads’ funding petition | schoolsnortheast

Parliamentary time has been allocated for debate on a school funding petition launched by the Gateshead Heads’ Forum. MPs are set to discuss the matter on 4 March at 4:30PM.

The campaign was spearheaded by Andrew Ramanandi, Head Teacher of St Joseph’s Catholic School in Blaydon. In response to the news Mr Ramanandi said:

“Head Teachers across Gateshead are pleased that the petition they initiated has resulted in a debate in Parliament. 

At the end of November last year, we sent parents a letter to let them know how the lack of sufficient funding was affecting our schools. We encouraged…

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