What’s been happening in the world of education just lately?
- Members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) called on the Department for Education (DfE) to offer clearer guidance on LGBT+ relationships education.
- Schools must be held accountable for the results of excluded children.
- The Independent reports that the number of schools that have failed to recruit ‘heads of schools’ has risen to the highest level in four years, a new survey suggests. More than a quarter (27 per cent) of schools could not fill top positions at all last year – a rise from 12 per cent in 2017 – and fewer were able to fill senior special educational needs roles.
- Children find foreign languages so stressful they are being signed off by a GP. Yes you actually read that.
- A study of 12,000 UK adolescents suggests that the effects of social media use on teenage life satisfaction are limited and probably “tiny”.
- The Guardian reports that families are seeking a judicial review against UK government as funding cuts force headteachers to limit SEN admissions.
- Harry Hill reckons that comedians could inspect teachers from the back of the class.
- And here is the craziest bit of education news that you will come across this year: 15 sheep have been enrolled at a French primary school after parents feared that some classes could close due to lack of pupils. Yes, you actually read that too. Will this pull the wool over the French authorities’ eyes?