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. Continue reading →
2 November 2016 – Updated to reflect the 2016 amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. This guidance will help you maintain high levels of school attendance and plan school hours, term and holiday dates. It provides information about interventions to address pupils’ poor attendance and behaviour at school. Continue reading →
The Spring 2016 round of Hertfordshire Headteacher Updates will be taking place throughout March 2016; there is an evening session for Governors and Headteachers to attend together on Tuesday 8th March between 6 – 8pm (Light refreshments will be served). Continue reading →
Herts Primary PE & Sport Conference – January 2015
HASG was invited to participate in this event by the Herts Sports Partnership (Sport Performance & Development Centre, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU www.sportinherts.org.uk), the following report is from David Royle who attended:
Key Messages from the Conference
High-quality physical education (PE) and school sport can make a difference to the lives of young people and the development of the whole child; whole-school improvement can be led by PE.
The £150m p.a. ring-fenced Primary PE and Sport Premium is guaranteed to 2020 (if the present government is re-elected): most money goes on coaches but important not to swap coaches for teachers in terms of generating self-sustaining solutions (especially if funding stops); website statement required on impact and allocation of Premium. Governors have a role in monitoring and evaluating effective expenditure. Youth Sports Trust has an impact template, a self-review tool and a factsheet on Ofsted-related accountability measures; see below). The Association for Physical Education also has advice on the use of the Premium.
The Youth Sports Trust survey of PE and sport indicated that the average time spent on PE is less than two hours a week; there is no DfE minimum (or maximum); some EU countries specify 5 hours; however quality is most important; there is a potential dividend in taking time ‘away’ from other subjects as PE can contribute to whole-school improvement.
The new National Curriculum for PE is short on detail but the purpose of PE is made clear with key words like