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Cutting "unnecessary" workload.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has pledged to help school leaders cut “unnecessary” workload and support teachers to focus their energies in the classroom.

In a joint letter sent to all school leaders today (Monday 5 November), co-signed by multiple organisations including Ofsted and the Confederation of Schools Trusts, the Education Secretary reiterated his commitment to clamp down on teachers’ workload.

The letter cites research which shows that more than half of teachers’ time is spent on non-teaching tasks, including planning, marking and admin, and that workload is one of the most common reasons for teachers leaving the profession.

This coincides with the publication of a report from the Workload Advisory Group – led by education expert, Professor Becky Allen – that Mr Hinds set up to look at this issue as part of his commitment to champion the profession.

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New help for underperforming schools.

Underperforming schools in England are set to receive extra support under Government plans to raise standards in classrooms across the country.

Following a pledge by the Secretary of State to simplify the school accountability system, giving teachers freedom to get on with their job without interference, Schools Minister Lord Agnew has today (9 November) set out how the department will support schools that are underperforming and how they will be identified.

From today, the following measures will be used to identify schools that need additional support. They include:

  • the floor and coasting standards being used as ways to identify schools that need help, rather than as triggers for intervention ahead of an academy conversion;
  • where a school is struggling it will receive support from a high-performing school leader, as well as access to up to £16,000 for the small number of schools judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ in their last two Ofsted inspections; and
  • the ‘coasting’ measure will no longer be used as the starting point of a formal intervention – this was a key pledge by the Education Secretary during a speech to school leaders earlier this year.

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Criticism of Government Relationships and Sex Education by Church of England.

The Government risks “ghettoising” faith perspectives by not including them in plans for relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education, the Church of England has warned.

According to the CoE, the lack of encouragement for non-faith schools to teach religious perspectives on relationships could create prejudice.

It raised the concerns as it published its response to the Government’s consultation on draft guidance for RSE.

The Department for Education’s 16-week consultation closed on Wednesday, receiving more than 8,000 responses.

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Private schools must share with state schools.

Private schools have been told to share teachers with local state schools, amid mounting pressure on them to justify their charitable status.

The Department for Education (DfE) published new guidance on ways in which fee-paying schools should collaborate with their neighbouring state schools.

Independent schools could allow state educated pupils to join their classes in subjects such as languages and Classics, it suggests.

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Child Protection Services in crisis.

A steep rise in vulnerable children needing protection over the past 10 years is pushing council children's services in England into crisis, suggests research.

There has been a substantial increase in calls from the public and professionals worried about a child, according to a study for the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

The number of investigations where a child is believed to be at risk of significant harm has also more than doubled.

Over the past year, almost 2.4 million people contacted children's services because they were worried about a child - a 78% increase on 10 years ago, while serious investigations over concerns of significant harm are up from just under 77,000 in 2008 to almost 200,000 last year - a rise of 159%.

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