16/06/2022: Increase in children receiving SEN support, DfE figures show
The number of children receiving support in school for special educational needs (SEN) has increased by 77,000 over the last year, new figures from the Department for Education show. The DfE’s report Special educational needs in England looks at the number of children receiving SEN support both with and without education, health and care plans (EHCP) during the 2021/22 academic year.
15/06/2022: Pupils missing school need more help
Children need more support to get them into school full-time, as mental-health problems surge, a report says. Pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are among those currently being let down in England’s schools, the report by children’s commissioner Rachel de Souza says.
15/06/2022: Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training
We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cyber-security report that looks into how well schools are protected throughout England and Wales. In partnership with the Institute of Cyber Security for Society at the University of Kent and supported by Bitdefender, this report provides an up-to-date review around the current state of cyber-security.
09/06/2022: University students are far lonelier than other adults – study
Almost one in four students are lonely most or all of the time, according to new research. That is four times worse than the one in 20 adults who said they were similarly lonely in the most recent data for the general population. The findings on student wellbeing are part of a wider snapshot of experiences of being at university in the UK.
07/06/2022: Fines for parents rise as schools try to reach absent kids
Parents in England are being hit with an increasing number of fines as schools try to encourage children to stop missing school. The number of non-attendance fines being handed out dropped off during the pandemic, as self-isolation rules and lockdowns led to millions of children learning at home.
19/05/2022: ‘I got fed up with my students ending up in prison or dead’: the teacher fighting to end school exclusions
Appalled by the damage of zero-tolerance behaviour policies that see ever more pupils thrown out of class, and often education, Zahra Bei founded a campaign focusing on racial justice.
18/05/2022: Concern over young children’s development after lockdowns
The proportion of reception age children developing as expected academically, emotionally and in their communication has dropped markedly following Covid-19 lockdowns, new research shows.
13/05/2022: Children’s minister reveals plans to consult on relaxation of childcare ratios
The government will consult on relaxing childcare ratios for two-year-olds to bring England in line with Scotland before the summer, the children’s minister has announced.
12/05/2022: Surge in number of children with EHCPs
The total number of children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) has increased by more than 40,000 over the last year, latest figures from the Department for Education show.
12/05/2022: Government announces extra £7m to train school mental health leads
A multi-million pound extension for the training of school mental health leads had been announced by the government. A further £7 million has been added to the scheme to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (9 to 11 May).
11/05/2022: Our flagship conference shines a spotlight on peer-on-peer sexual abuse as reports increase significantly
Reports to our Helpline about young people experiencing harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) increased significantly last year after an unheard-of number spoke out publicly about abuse in and around schools.
10/05/2022: Queen’s Speech: Prince Charles announces introduction of Schools Bill
Education reforms including a crackdown on absences and new rules allowing councils to run multi-academy trusts are among key priorities for the government unveiled by the Prince of Wales at the state opening of parliament.
09/05/2022: Ofsted to get new powers to tackle illegal unregistered schools in England
New legislation would give the schools regulator powers to crack down on unregistered schools operating illegally in England, ministers say. The government says its Schools Bill will also introduce compulsory registers so children not receiving a full education can be identified. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the bill would ensure “every child has access to an education they deserve”.
05/05/2022: Scores of safeguarding complaints at after-school clubs
Dozens of allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs – including assaults, neglect and sexual abuse – have been uncovered by BBC News. More than 80 referrals have been made about clubs in school grounds in the past five years, according to information requests.
03/05/2022: Sexual harassment among primary school pupils prompts call for ‘proactive’ RSE
An increase in “distressing” reports about sexual harassment among primary school pupils has prompted calls for “proactive” relationships and sex education (RSE) for younger children.