Education Update - Thursday 10 April 2014

Periodically the Education Communications Team receives information which may be helpful to colleagues. Please see below several Government annoucements which may assist you in your area of work.

Children, Families and Education


National Audit Office Work in Progress: Intervention and support for schools

This study will assess the consistency with which underperforming schools are identified and the effectiveness of support and challenge offered to schools at risk of failure. More information here.

Ofsted: First Early Years report highlights importance of teaching and learning in pre-school settings

Pre-school children from poorer backgrounds need the support of professionally trained teaching staff to stop them falling behind as soon as they reach school age, Ofsted reports. In its first stand-alone Early Years Annual Report, the inspectorate argues that the pre-Reception age settings best equipped to help break 'the cycle of disadvantage' are those focused on helping children to learn at the earliest age. More information here.

Ofqual: GCSE shake-up- Ultra-high grade for top performers

A new top-level GCSE grade will be awarded to the most talented 20,000 pupils each year, in proposals for a shake-up of England's exam grades. The Ofqual exam regulator has launched a consultation on a grading system that will rank from nine at the very top down to one for the lowest performers. Consultation deadline is 30 June. More information here.

University of Sheffield event: Child Neglect: Everybody's Business? 5 June 2014, 5.30pm–8pm. Sheffield

This event is hosted by The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth and The Department of Sociological Studies, The University of Sheffield. It will be discussing child neglect in 2014, supporting parents where child neglect is an issue, child protection and the MA in Integrated Professional Practise. More information here.


Published: 10/04/2014
Audience: ALL
Contact: Communications Team

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