All pupils to be taught about mental and physical wellbeing

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.

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Ofsted launches a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework

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.

Key points:

  • 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

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KS1 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements

On 15th October 2018, the DfE announced the modification of KS1 teacher assessment frameworks.

 

Teacher assessment frameworks

  • English Reading, mathematics and science frameworks have been modified for use from the 2018/2019 academic year onwards.
  • English writing frameworks will remain the same as those introduced for the 2017/2018 academic year.
  • The ‘pupil can’ statements have been refined for clarity to ensure they represent the key aspects of the national curriculum and reflect classroom practice.

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KS2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements

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.

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2018 National curriculum assessments at KS2

On 4th September 2018, the DfE published provisional attainment statistics for the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments.

Summary of the 2018 KS2 national curriculum assessments:

  • This year, 64% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared to 61% in 2017.
  • Attainment at the expected standard has increased across all subjects.
    • 75% of pupils reached the expected standard in reading.
    • 76% of pupils reached the expected standard in maths.
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Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: green paper

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.

 

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5 findings from the latest Special Educational Needs statistics

On the 26th July, the DfE published the latest statistics on pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

Summary

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 →

Reducing teacher workload

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.

Read a full summary of the workload challenge here.

 

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KS2 National Test Results 2018

On 10th July 2018, the DfE published the results of the 2018 Key Stage 2 National Tests.

Summary of the 2018 results

  • 64% of pupils reached the expected standard in all of reading, writing and maths (combined).  This has increased from last year but remains below the floor standard of 65%.
  • The raw scores required to reach the expected standard have increased for all subjects.  The largest increase can be seen in maths, increasing from 57 in 2017 to 61 this year.
  • The average scaled score in reading has increased, while the scaled score in maths and GPS remains the same as last year.

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