DfE publish interim findings on improving vulnerable children’s well-being | schoolsnortheast

The DfE has published interim findings in its “Improving the educational outcomes of Children in Need of help” review, designed to give teachers and social workers advice to improving vulnerable children’s well-being, behaviour and school attendance.

The interim findings highlight ways to support children in need of help and protection in education such as:
training for professionals to recognise the lasting impact of trauma and adversity on children’s school attendance, learning, behaviour and well-being;
better information sharing and multi-agency working between schools and other local…

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North East primaries improve performance in league tables | schoolsnortheast

Revised Key Stage 2 performance figures released yesterday show continued improvement in the North East – though gender gaps have widened.

The percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics rose from 65% last year to 67% this year in the North East. This is higher than the English average, which rose from 61% to 64%.

The attainment gap in favour of girls continues to widen however, rising from a 7% difference in 2017 to a 9% difference in 2018 in the North East. Similar gaps can be seen across the country.

Looking at pupils working at the higher…

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Ofsted could give schools just 150 minutes’ notice | schoolsnortheast

Schools could get little more than 150 minutes’ notice before Ofsted inspectors arrive under plans for its new inspection framework, it has been suggested this week.

Inspectors would then prepare at the school for a formal inspection which would start the following day.

Ofsted is understood to be keen to ensure that it has an opportunity to see schools as they really are, however the news has angered a teachers’ leader who says schools should have at least 24 hours’ notice before inspectors visit them.

As reported in Tes this week, the new plans would see inspectors contacting a school…

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Young people highly sceptical of social mobility  | schoolsnortheast

Young people are highly sceptical about advancement being a reality, according to a survey from the relaunched Social Mobility Commission.

It found many young adults expected to be worse off than previous generations and believed opportunities depended on social background rather than talent.

The previous commissioners resigned over a lack of progress.

The new chair, Dame Martina Milburn, said she wanted “to create a fair system where people can thrive”.

The commission is being relaunched after the previous chair Alan Milburn and commissioners walked out a year ago, protesting that…

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Pupil nationality data: Collection misses data for more than 1 million pupils | schoolsnortheast

Schools failed to collect pupil nationality and country of birth data for hundreds of thousands of pupils for the second year running following an outcry over the controversial policy and a boycott by parents and schools.

Data released this week by the Department for Education shows that the government failed to obtain nationality data for 17.8% of pupils in this year’s spring census. This equates to more than 1.4 million children.

This data is listed as “not yet obtained” by schools for 15.4% of pupils, while 1.5% of families refused to provide it.

The government is also missing…

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Education Links w/c 10th December 2018 | schoolsnortheast

https://ift.tt/2C8Kf4i – Chronicle Live, Durham councillors to use reserves to help fund gap in finances for special educational needs.

https://ift.tt/2QNbXeJ – Chronicle Live, New project to improve education brings Sunderland children’s services boss on board.

https://ift.tt/2EtTDSu – Darlington & Stockton Times,…

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Ofsted publishes annual report | schoolsnortheast

Ofsted has published the Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of

Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2017/18. The report’s key findings for the North East were:
By the end of August 2018, 85% of schools in the North East were judged good or outstanding at their most recent inspection, compared with 86% nationally. This was a one percentage point decline for the region compared with August 2017.
For primary schools, 90% in the region were judged to be good or outstanding, the same as in August 2017. North Tyneside and Redcar and Cleveland had 95% of their primary schools…

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