On 25th February 2019, the DfE announced that from September 2020 all Primary and Secondary school children will be taught about mental wellbeing – with a clear focus on the link between physical and mental health.
To ensure a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing is being taken, the DfE is offering funding training for senior mental health leads.
On 16th January 2019, the DfE launched a consultation on proposals on how Ofsted inspects schools to take effect from September 2019. The new framework proposes to rebalance inspections to ensure children are receiving a rich and broad curriculum at every stage of their education from early years to higher education.
revised framework to focus inspections on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data
proposals will call time on the culture of ‘teaching to the test’
introduction of a new behaviour judgement to give parents reassurance that behaviour is good
On 15th October 2018, the DfE announced the removal of KS2 teacher assessment judgements for English reading and mathematics and revised science teacher assessment frameworks.
Removal of teacher assessment for English reading and mathematics
The DfE state that this change has been made in response to the public consultation on Primary Assessment in 2017, and aims to reduce assessment burdens on schools. Test results in English reading and mathematics will continue to be used in school performance measures.
Between December 2017 and March 2018 the Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care held a public consultation on ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’. The consultation received 2,700 responses and on 25th July 2018 the DfE published a green paper focusing on earlier intervention and prevention in schools.
On the 26th July, the DfE published the latest statistics on pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
1. More pupils with SEN – For the second consecutive year, the proportion of pupils with SEN has risen from 14.4% of pupils (1,244,255) in January 2017 to 14.6% of pupils (1,276,215) in January 2018.
2. More pupils with a statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan – The number of pupils with a statement or EHC plan increased by 11,495 pupils between January 2017 and January 2018. The percentage of pupils with a statement or EHC plan has risen to 2.9% after remaining constant for 10 years (2007-2017). Continue reading →
On 21st July 2018, the DfE released advice and tools to help school leaders and teachers review and reduce workload.
Background – The workload challenge
In October 2014 the DfE launched the workload challenge, where teachers were asked to share their views on how to reduce unnecessary workload. Over 44,000 people responded to the survey, highlighting 3 main areas that can cause unnecessary workload – marking, planning and data management.