What’s been in the news lately?
- If you want to understand the issues behind the rise in youth homelessness better, then see this from think tank LKMCo which says.
Many of the factors that contribute to young people becoming homeless also make it difficult for them to succeed in education. This is particularly the case where pupils are moving between schools frequently. Meanwhile, homelessness itself forces many young people out of education, even where they are keen to persist
- According to Dr Julian Murphy, headteacher at Loughborough Amherst School, school reports are a waste of time as teachers are no longer honest for fear of upsetting pushy parents.
- Some say that headteachers should spend more time in the classroom. Well, some head teachers in north Wales have just half a day a week to run their schools after spending most of their time in class.
- Ofsted is considering a new assessment to ensure schools are looking after pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Now they are concerned about happiness – something I have already blogged about.
- Ofsted win an appeal against a ruling that a damning inspection report was unfair.
- Ofsted inspectors will not look at a school’s internal performance data under the watchdog’s planned new inspection regime because it is unreliable.
- Tes person of 2018 is is funding campaigner Jules White.
- The Educational Institute of Scotland says that music education across Scotland is under threat due to budget cutbacks and a fall in the number of specialist instrumental music teachers employed in some local authority areas. This is a nationwide problem. Join their campaign.