News 2021: 10 items (Education)

30/09/2022: The school fines lottery for parents with absent children

Parents in England whose children miss school face harsher penalties depending on where they live, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Fines, which begin at £60, but rise if not paid promptly, totalled more than £8.6m in the past school year. But some local councils told us no penalties had been issued, while other authorities handed out thousands.

Read: BBC

29/09/2022: How social workers can help schools address harmful sexual behaviour

Social workers are often expected to be the experts in responding to harmful sexual behaviour by children, but their training can often make them feel powerless to act. A new guide from The CSA Centre seeks to help.

Read: Community Care

29/09/2022: Behaviour adviser urges English schools to crack down on pupils’ vaping

The government’s school behaviour adviser has called on headteachers to crack down on vaping among pupils, calling it “a huge health hazard” and an “enormous distraction”, amid reports that more children are using the devices, including some of primary age.

Read: Guardian

28/09/2022: Just one in five teachers confident in delivering lessons to tackle sexual harassment

Most teachers lack the confidence to deliver lessons around countering harmful sexual behaviour and sexual harassment, a report is warning. Among secondary school teachers, just 19 per cent said they were confident enough to advise pupils on these subjects within sex and relationships education (SRE) lessons.

Read: Children and Young People Now

28/09/2022: DfE merges schools and children’s social care responsibilities under new minister

Kelly Tolhurst becomes sixth children’s social care minister in four years, but appointment sees role upgraded in status from junior to mid-ranking ministerial level.

Read: Community Care

27/09/2022: DfE names Kelly Tolhurst as minister for schools and childhood

Kelly Tolhurst has been named as the Department for Education’s new minister for schools and childhood. Tolhurst, MP for Rochester and Strood, who was deputy chief whip at the Treasury, will take on responsibilities previously shared between the roles of children’s minister and schools minister.

Read: Children and Young People Now

26/09/2022: Ofsted raises concerns over use of restraints on pupils in special needs school

Concerns over the use of physical restraint on pupils with complex special educational needs at a school in Suffolk have been raised by inspectors in a highly critical report.

Read: Guardian

25/09/2022: Schools in England warn of crisis of ‘heartbreaking’ rise in hungry children

Headteachers and food aid charities say they are struggling to cope with growing demand from families unable to afford food. Children are so hungry that they are eating rubbers or hiding in the playground because they can’t afford lunch, according to reports from headteachers across England.

Read: Guardian

23/09/2022: Kwarteng pledges to ‘move forward’ with controversial childcare reforms

Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng has announced plans to “bring forward reforms to improve access to affordable, flexible childcare”, in his first mini budget.

Read: Children and Young People Now

22/09/2022: Cost of living: Students struggling with impact of soaring prices

Students are facing financial and mental health concerns as soaring prices take a toll on their wellbeing, a survey has suggested. More than eight in 10 of those asked said they worried about making ends meet, with the average maintenance loan falling short of living costs.

Read: BBC

17/09/2022: Schools urge parents to help plug funding gaps as costs soar

Days into the new academic year, headteachers have raised the alarm about a looming funding crisis in schools, with some parents urged to make donations and parent-teacher associations on standby to plug funding gaps for classroom essentials.

Read: Guardian

12/09/2022: Delay launch of new SEND inspection framework say children’s services leaders

The development and introduction of a new inspection framework for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services should be paused until after policy reforms for the sector have been finalised, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

Read: Children and Young People Now

10/09/2022: ‘Devastated’ UK students forced to live in neighbouring cities in university accommodation crisis

When 18-year-old Jessie Smith netted the top grades she needed last month to study at Manchester University she was delighted. She didn’t know then that all the university’s student halls would be full, and she would be forced to accept accommodation in Liverpool.

Read: Guardian

08/09/2022: Universities call for return of maintenance grants for students in England

Vice-chancellors have called for maintenance grants to be brought back for undergraduates in England, warning that otherwise there will be a “significant” impact on student health and wellbeing as well as their education.

Read: Guardian

08/09/2022: Schools in England risk losing TAs to supermarkets over ‘chronic’ low pay

Schools in England risk “haemorrhaging” vital teaching assistants to better-paid jobs in supermarkets and other places because of the cost of living crisis with recruitment becoming increasingly difficult, according to a report.

Read: Guardian

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