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BBC News: Education

Oxbridge uncovered: More elitist than we thought

The extent to which the Home Counties professional classes dominate Oxbridge admissions is revealed.

10 fines at the dentist... that weren't fine

Getting a £100 fine at the dentist is distressing, particularly if it is believed to be in error, say patients.

Wales school cash reserves drop 'should ring alarm bells'

New figures suggest schools are using cash reserves to "plug" funding shortfalls, a union warns.

Grammar school A-level row head suspended

The head of a school where some pupils were stopped from taking A-levels, is suspended.

'He hid in a cupboard - we just couldn't get him to school'

When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special needs were not immediately apparent.

Cambridge Uni students get Shakespeare trigger warnings

Cambridge University students are given "trigger alerts" that they might be upset by some text.

'Go to the dentist and get fined £100'

Dentists warn that thousands of vulnerable people are wrongly being fined over dental treatment.

'I found a job I love through battling depression'

Catherine says becoming ill at university inspired a career in mental health social work.

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Department for Education

National Statistics: GCSE and equivalent results: 2016 to 2017 (provisional)

Updated: Amended EBacc English explanation in section 6 of the main text document.

Young people’s achievements in:

GCSE examinations equivalent qualifications

It typically describes those starting that academic year aged 15.

The information is from data collated for the 2017 secondary school performance tables (key stage 4).

Attainment statistics team

Telephone: Kathryn Kenney 01325 340620

Research and analysis: Employer ownership pilot round 2: process evaluation

The report evaluates the effectiveness of the processes in procurement and monitoring of the employer ownership pilot round 2.

The ‘Employer ownership of skills pilot round 1: first report’ is also available.

Research and analysis: Right to Request Time to Train regulations evaluation

The Right to Request Time to Train policy, gives employees of large businesses the right to request time off for study or training.

The research examined:

how employers in different sectors and of different sizes understand the right how many people have used the right the processes and procedures followed by employees and employers to make and respond to requests the perceived effect on employers’ investment in training and on employees’ ability to access it potential effects of the policy if applied to small and medium sized enterprises

Guidance: Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme grant

Updated: Added October's letter

These letters set out:

how much funding local authorities are getting as part of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme the purpose of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme grant

The Secretary of State for Education makes grant determinations under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.

Collection: Professional development for school leaders

Updated: Added 'National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)'.

Detailed guide: National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership ...

Apply

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) supports the professional development of aspiring and serving executive headteachers and multi-academy trust (MAT) chief executive officers (CEOs).

Apply with one of the providers accredited to offer this qualification. Contact your preferred provider, or visit their website, to find out more about the qualification.

Providers

The Department for Education accredited providers to design, deliver and assess one or more of the national professional qualifications (NPQs). You can only take an NPQ with an accredited provider.

To ensure that your NPQ is accessible, high quality and nationally consistent, your provider’s programme must meet the requirements of the:

NPQ content and assessment framework, which sets out the knowledge and skills that providers must teach as part of each NPQ, and the tasks and criteria against which providers will be required to assess their candidates NPQ quality framework, which sets out the standards of provision that providers must meet to retain their accreditation Who can apply

You should be, or aspire to be, an executive headteacher or CEO of a MAT with responsibility for leading across several schools.

What’s involved

Study can last between 2 academic terms and 18 months, depending on your provider.

During this time you will:

develop knowledge and skills across 6 content areas, which set out what an effective executive leader should know and be able to do have the opportunity to develop up to 7 important leadership behaviours, which set out how an effective leader should operate complete a final assessment that evaluates your capability against the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas Content areas

The 6 content areas across which you will develop your executive leadership knowledge and skills are:

strategy and improvement teaching and curriculum excellence leading with impact working in partnership managing resources and risks increasing capability Leadership behaviours

The 7 leadership behaviours that you will have the opportunity to develop are:

commitment collaboration personal drive resilience awareness integrity respect Structure and teaching methods

The structure of the NPQEL and teaching methods will vary between providers, but will include:

on-the-job leadership training challenge and support – through a coach and/or mentor access to high-quality resources, drawing on up-to-date research and evidence professional development from and with credible peers opportunities for structured reflection Final assessment

You will:

design a sustainable business development strategy for your organisation, analysing the benefits, costs and risks of different options lead a project to improve progress and attainment in several schools

Through these 2 projects, you will need to demonstrate your competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas.

Costs

Costs vary between providers. You should contact a provider for full details of their costs.

Funding

Ten million pounds is available to support teachers and leaders working in opportunity areas and category 5 and category 6 areas to take the new NPQs.

This funding will cover full course costs, and all teachers and leaders in these areas are eligible for this funding (provided they have not already studied for the NPQ for which they are applying). You should contact a provider for further details on how to access this funding.

Detailed guide: National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Updated: Updated qualification description following national professional qualifications (NPQs) reforms.

Apply

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) supports the professional development of aspiring and serving headteachers.

Apply with one of the providers accredited to offer this qualification. Contact your preferred provider, or visit their website, to find out more about the qualification.

Providers

The Department for Education accredited providers to design, deliver and assess one or more of the national professional qualifications (NPQs). You can only take an NPQ with an accredited provider.

To ensure that your NPQ is accessible, high quality and nationally consistent, your provider’s programme must meet the requirements of the:

NPQ content and assessment framework, which sets out the knowledge and skills that providers must teach as part of each NPQ, and the tasks and criteria against which providers will be required to assess their candidates NPQ quality framework, which sets out the standards of provision that providers must meet to retain their accreditation Who can apply

You should be, or aspire to be, a headteacher or head of school.

This includes headteachers or heads of schools with roles across schools, for example, national leaders of education.

What’s involved

Study can last between 2 academic terms and 18 months, depending on your provider.

During this time you will:

develop knowledge and skills across 6 content areas, which set out what an effective headteacher or head of school should know and be able to do have the opportunity to develop up to 7 important leadership behaviours, which set out how an effective leader should operate undertake a placement at a school, in a different context from your own, for a minimum of 9 days complete a final assessment that evaluates your capability against the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas Content areas

The 6 content areas across which you will develop your senior leadership knowledge and skills are:

strategy and improvement teaching and curriculum excellence leading with impact working in partnership managing resources and risks increasing capability Leadership behaviours

The 7 leadership behaviours that you will have the opportunity to develop are:

commitment collaboration personal drive resilience awareness integrity respect Structure and teaching methods

The structure of the NPQH and teaching methods will vary between providers, but will include:

on-the-job leadership training challenge and support - through a coach and/or mentor access to high-quality resources, drawing on up-to-date research and evidence professional development from and with credible peers opportunities for structured reflection Final assessment

You will:

lead a school change programme, lasting at least 2 terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment design an action plan to meet your placement school’s resourcing and capability needs

Through these 2 projects, you will need to demonstrate your competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas.

Costs

Costs vary between providers. You should contact a provider for full details of their costs.

Funding

Ten million pounds is available to support teachers and leaders working in opportunity areas and category 5 and category 6 areas to take the new NPQs.

This funding will cover full course costs, and all teachers and leaders in these areas are eligible for this funding (provided they have not already studied for the NPQ for which they are applying). You should contact a provider for further details on how to access this funding.

Detailed guide: National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NP...

Updated: Updated qualification description following national professional qualifications (NPQs) reforms.

Apply

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) supports the professional development of aspiring and serving senior leaders.

Apply with one of the providers accredited to offer this qualification. Contact your preferred provider, or visit their website, to find out more about the qualification.

Providers

The Department for Education accredited providers to design, deliver and assess one or more of the national professional qualifications (NPQs). You can only take an NPQ with an accredited providers.

To ensure that your NPQ is accessible, high quality and nationally consistent, your provider’s programme must meet the requirements of the:

NPQ content and assessment framework, which sets out the knowledge and skills that providers must teach as part of each NPQ, and the tasks and criteria against which providers will be required to assess their candidates NPQ quality framework, which sets out the standards of provision that providers must meet to retain their accreditation Who can apply

You should be, or aspire to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, for example:

an experienced middle leader a deputy headteacher an assistant headteacher other senior staff

This includes senior leaders working across more than one school, for example, directors of teaching school alliances.

What’s involved

Study can last between 2 academic terms and 18 months, depending on your provider.

During this time you will:

develop knowledge and skills across 6 content areas, which set out what an effective senior leader should know and be able to do have the opportunity to develop up to 7 key leadership behaviours, which set out how an effective leader should operate complete a final assessment that evaluates your capability against the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas Content areas

The 6 content areas across which you will develop your senior leadership knowledge and skills are:

strategy and improvement teaching and curriculum excellence leading with impact working in partnership managing resources and risks increasing capability Leadership behaviours

The 7 leadership behaviours that you will have the opportunity to develop are:

commitment collaboration personal drive resilience awareness integrity respect Structure and teaching methods

The structure of the NPQSL and the teaching methods will vary between providers, but will include:

on-the-job leadership training challenge and support - through a coach and/or mentor access to high-quality resources, drawing on up-to-date research and evidence professional development from and with credible peers opportunities for structured reflection Final assessment

You will complete a school improvement project within your team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at reducing variation in pupil progress and attainment, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

Through this project, you will need to demonstrate your competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas.

Costs

Costs vary between providers. You should contact a provider for full details of their costs.

Funding

Ten million pounds is available to support teachers and leaders working in opportunity areas and category 5 and category 6 areas to take the new NPQs.

This funding will cover full course costs, and all teachers and leaders in these areas are eligible for this funding (provided they have not already studied for the NPQ for which they are applying). You should contact a provider for further details on how to access this funding.

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Education Guardian

Want your child to be an engineer? Give them a falcon or go stargazing

Hobbies such as beekeeping or model building are the key to a technical career, study finds

A childhood brush with beekeeping, a foray into falconry or a fossil-hunting trip could inspire a new generation of much-needed engineers, scientists and mathematicians, new research suggests.

Schools are being urged to consider introducing children to a ho...

Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse

In Thennamadevi young daughters are forging a new destiny beyond their alcoholic fathers and human traffickers

Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tam...

Oxbridge bashing is an empty ritual if we ignore wider social inequities | Pr...

David Lammy is right to attack the lack of diversity at elite bodies, but the problems are far more deep seated

The numbers are clearly unacceptable. Several colleges in both Oxford and Cambridge frequently admit cohorts with no black students in them at all. Roughly 1.5% of total offers are made to black British applicants and more than 80% of o...

Collapsing academy trust ‘asset-stripped its schools of millions’

Furious parents demand answers after transfer of funds by Wakefield City Academies Trust leaves pupils forced to recycle old exercise books

“I want my children to have the education I didn’t get,” says Josie Farrar, 46, who has two children at Freeston Academy in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

Her children had been back at school for two days at the s...

'Every year we continue to exist, it’s a surprise': is your job on the endang...

With so many traditional industries under threat, from DVD rentals and black cabs to British wool – how does it feel to know your job might not exist in five years’ time?

It’s been a long time since a job for life was on the horizon for many; now even a job for five years can seem like a stretch. It’s not just because more of us are choosing port...

Teachers: is your school doing enough to tackle sexual harassment?

As #MeToo shines a light on sexual harassment – and with reports of sexual assaults by under-18s on the rise – tell us what your school is doing about it

Are you a teacher who has witnessed sexual harassment taking place between students at your school? Did you know how to handle the situation? Do you feel your school is doing enough to educate a...

Secret Teacher: we need to look at the lack of rigour in exam marking

My experience marking papers this year has convinced me we must do more to guard against inaccuracies. These are children’s futures we’re talking about

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Like most schools across the country, my school requests that many of the exam papers sat by GCSE students are re-marked by a senior examiner if they are just a fe...

Oxbridge 'failing to address diversity', David Lammy says

MP says universities put pressure on journalists to change stories about lack of black students getting places rather than addressing concerns

Oxford and Cambridge have been accused of failing to engage in serious debate over their lack of diversity by the former education minister David Lammy, who first highlighted the issue with data obtained b...

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