These January 2017 FrontFoot news updates cover a range of educational areas of interest including matters of policy, media and research. This report includes studies on young carers, news about term-time holidays and the new Ofsted chief and policy guidance on SEN funding, computer equipment and more. Click the links below to go to specific categories of interest; when there, the headings link to the full article.
10 January 2017 Multi-million pound investment to support children and families with special educational needs and disabilities.
9 January 2017 Theresa May announces a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in our schools, workplaces and communities. In relation to this Schools Week is reporting: PM pledges free mental health training for secondary school teachers.
6 January 2017 DfE offers schools the chance to save on tablets, laptops and desktop devices.
30 December 2016 Congratulations to Diane Croston, Chair of Governors, Morgans Primary School and Nursery, Hertford, on the award of the British Empire Medal in the New Year 2017 Honours list.
12 January 2017 Updated: Added the ‘Competency framework for governance’. Also updated the ‘Governance handbook’ – the January 2017 version is structured around the 6 main features of effective governance.
11 January 2017 The TES is reporting that Department for Education officials are seeking the views of academics and thinktanks, amid calls for changes to the appeals process.
9 January 2017 The TES is reporting that a new £2.5 million fund is to test the effectiveness of theatre trips and museum visits on schoolchildren’s attainment.
9 January 2017 The Guardian is reporting that in her first interview as chief inspector of England’s schools, Amanda Spielman says she will start by examining the very purpose of Ofsted.
3 January 2017 Schools Week is reporting that fraudsters posing as government officials are contacting schools in attempts to hold important computer files to ransom, police have said.
Research & Good Practice
12 January 2017 Updated: Added reports ‘The lives of young carers in England omnibus: January 2017’ and ‘The lives of young carers in England omnibus: appendices January 2017’.