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BBC News: Education

Four in 10 parents 'asked to give to school funds'

Schools are asking parents to dip into to their pockets to boost their funds, a survey says.

Students in Wales taking out loans to afford 'luxury' flats

They are taking out pay day loans to live in luxury flats instead of substandard housing, it is claimed.

Loneliness: The cost of the 'last taboo'

Loneliness costs £6,000 per person in ill-health, says a study, with calls to end the "stigma".

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy: Parents remove children

Parents say 20 children have left Charter Academy over concerns about its teaching methods.

Transgender pupils 'leaving schools over rights breaches'

Families are starting to take transgender children out of schools over human rights, it is claimed.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls 'have signs of depression'

The findings come from 10,000 young people's views and make worrying reading, say UK researchers.

Young people 'face debt epidemic'

A quarter of 18- to 30-year olds in England and Wales borrow to make ends meet, a survey suggests.

Domestic abuse: Focus more on children, says Ofsted

Schools must educate children about healthy relationships, say inspectors.

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Department for Education

Guidance: Performance tables: approved qualifications and discount codes

Updated: Added newly approved vocational qualifications to 'Key stage 4 qualifications and discount codes: 2014 to 2019 performance tables'. Merged '16 to 18 qualifications and discount codes: 2018 performance tables' and '16 to 18 qualifications and discount codes: 2019 performance tables' into one document.

This information is for:

awarding organisations schools colleges

We use discount codes to group qualifications with similar content together in the school performance tables. This is so that we don’t credit schools twice for 2 similar qualifications.

Also read the:

guidance about calculating performance points 2016 performance point scores for key stage 4 and 16 to 18 2015 performance point scores for key stage 4 and 16 to 18

Guidance: English Baccalaureate: eligible qualifications

Updated: Updated with accredited qualifications for September 2017.

In the school and college performance tables, the EBacc is a measure of entry and attainment at key stage 4 in:

English maths science a language history or geography

Collection: Improvement notices and directions

Updated: Added revised direction for Worcestershire council and moved the original notice to 'closed directions'.

These notices and directions are issued to councils due to ‘poor’ or ‘inadequate’ performance.

Official Statistics: Planned LA and school expenditure: 2017 to 2018 financia...

Local authorities are required under Section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 to submit education and children’s social care budget statements. The statements contain details of local authorities’ funding plans for the coming financial year.

Pupil and school finance data team

Telephone: Rose Paul 0114 274 2650

Collection: Statistics: local authority and school finance

Updated: Added 'Planned LA and school expenditure: 2017 to 2018 financial year'.

Statistics from May 2010 onwards are available on GOV.UK. You can find our archived statistics on the National Archives. Note: the search function is not available on archived content so please use the filters on the left of each page.

News story: Deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

The second in a series of bulk buying deals (sometimes referred to as ‘aggregated deals’) for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices has now started. Schools could save thousands of pounds by using a deal developed by DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS).

To take part, schools will need to submit their requirements for new devices to CCS at: by 6 October 2017. A video explains the process in more detail.

CCS will then work with suppliers to get the best price and notify schools after they award the contract on 10 November 2017. Schools will be able to place their orders for delivery in summer and arrange payment at the agreed price.

We have scheduled future buying opportunities for spring 2018 and we will announce the actual dates later.

Read more about ordering hardware for schools.

Guidance: School census 2017 to 2018: duplicate reports in COLLECT

These guides explain how schools and local authorities completing the school census should use the duplicate UPN reports in COLLECT - our centralised data collection and management system.

Detailed guide: School census: guide to submitting data

Updated: Added link to 'School census 2017 to 2018: funding report guides' and 'School census 2017 to 2018: duplicate reports in COLLECT'.

The school census is a statutory census that takes place during the autumn, spring, and summer terms. You must complete statutory censuses by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

The census collects information about individual pupils and about the schools themselves.

The following schools take part in the census:

all local-authority-maintained schools, including: nursery schools primary schools, including middle-deemed-primary schools secondary schools, including middle-deemed-secondary schools special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities), including hospital schools pupil referral units (PRUs - for children who can’t go to a mainstream school) community, foundation, voluntary-aided, and voluntary-controlled schools some schools not maintained by the local authority, including: academies, including alternative provision (AP) academies (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school) free schools, including AP free schools (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school) studio schools university technical colleges (UTCs) non-maintained special schools (schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)

Schools for service children overseas take part in this census on a voluntary basis.

Important dates

Autumn 2017 census dates:

census day: Thursday 5 October 2017 deadline for submitting data: Wednesday 1 November 2017 Submit your data

You should use COLLECT, our centralised data collection and management system, when you submit school census data to the Department for Education (DfE).

Note that we’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’, once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

The following types of school are responsible for submitting their own data to DfE:

academies, including AP academies free schools, including AP free schools UTCs studio schools non-maintained special schools

The following types of school submit their data to their local authority:

local-authority-maintained schools PRUs

Local authorities are responsible for submitting these schools’ data to DfE.

If you are a local-authority-maintained school or PRU, you should contact your local authority to find out your deadline for submission.

Census documents

These documents will help you complete the census:

2017 to 2018 school census guides guide for schools and local authorities COLLECT guides funding report guide duplicate reports in COLLECT

Video guides on how to prepare for the school census are also available.

2017 to 2018 school census technical guides business and technical specification, and validation rules summary reports - technical specifications

If you wish to request XSLT files for the validation rules and school summary report, contact the Data Collection Helpdesk via the service request form.

If you are looking for guides from past school census collections, visit the ‘School census: closed collections’ page.

Do you need help? Submitting data

Please use the service request form if you have any questions about your data. We aim to answer your question within 5 working days.

Accessing COLLECT

Reset your Secure Access login details using the forgotten password or username form.

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

you want to request a Secure Access username or password so you can access COLLECT ‘school census’ isn’t on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

If you don’t know who your approver is, please use the Secure Access service request form.


Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about our data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

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Education Guardian

Schools fear impact of budget cuts amid girls' mental health crisis

Problems include self-harm, eating disorders, depression, panic attacks, school refusal and attempted suicide

In a girls’ school on the fringes of London, the headteacher and her deputy are contemplating the challenges their pupils face, and the toll it takes on them every day. They describe self-harm, eating disorders, depression, panic attacks,...

Secret Teacher: I was forced to claim benefits over the summer holidays

I’m committed to my job, but my school’s temporary contracts left me struggling to pay the bills

Read more from the Secret Teacher

I recently found myself out of a job. On the whole, I’d enjoyed working at my school – the dreaded Ofsted inspection went well and exam results were predicted to be positive. But on the final day of term, I walked out ...

Schools should not be afraid to promote British values, says Ofsted head

Amanda Spielman says the education system has a vital role in upholding values of tolerance and fairness, while countering extreme views

Schools should not be afraid to promote British values because some children are being brought up in environments “actively hostile” to them, the head of Ofsted has said.

Amanda Spielman said the education system...

Cordelia Fine: ‘If women aren’t sweet, then they’re called bitches’

The award-winning psychologist and writer is taking on the pervasive idea that all differences between men and women can be explained by biology. But would a man be as self-effacing about his success?

If you have ever worked alongside both men and women, you will almost certainly have seen for yourself some of the classic gender differences in be...

You are your looks: that’s what society tells girls. No wonder they’re depres...

Children as young as seven believe that they are valued more for their appearance than for their character. It’s time to break down these stereotypes

A study published by Girlguiding this week has revealed that half of girls feel stifled by gender stereotyping, with children as young as seven believing they are valued more for their appearance th...

Developmental Language Disorder: The most common childhood condition you've n...

Professor Courtenay Norbury debunks some myths about children with this common but poorly understood condition

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate th...

Shame on Harvard for welcoming Sean Spicer – but spurning Chelsea Manning | F...

Its time to withdraw support from the university after it invited Sean Spicer and Corey Lewandowski, but rescinded a fellowship for Chelsea Manning

I graduated from Harvard in 1968. (Officially, my diploma was from Radcliffe, the now disbanded women’s college, but all of our classes were at Harvard.) That year, Harvard’s graduation speaker was th...

'Junk science': experts cast doubt on widely cited college free speech survey

Survey saying 20% of US college students believe it’s appropriate to use violence against offensive speech was administered to an opt-in online panel

Polling experts are raising concerns about a new survey thatfound nearly 20% of American college students believe it’s appropriate to use violence to silence offensive speech.

The results of the surv...

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