Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 11/10/2018

Hinds criticised for neglecting school funding in conference speech

School leaders have criticized Damian Hinds for neglecting school funding in his first Conservative party conference speech as education secretary – instead of making “recycled announcements”

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Exclusive: Ofsted says ‘powerful vested interests’ oppose its reforms

Watchdog says its inspection changes will ‘expose emperor’s new clothes – stellar results built on curriculum narrowing and teaching to the test’

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Stats watchdog launches investigations into ministers’ ‘disingenuous’ use of data

The statistics watchdog has launched two investigations into the government’s “disingenuous” use of education data, with ministers accused of using “smoke and mirrors” to deflect criticism from shrinking budgets

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Matt Hancock struggles with dyslexia – so why does the government make things hard for children with special needs?

The key message that the health secretary wants people to hear is that ‘everyone can reach the top table’, but that’s not possible in the face of funding cuts for SEND students

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Dyslexia Awareness Week: schools must embrace technology

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes this Dyslexia Awareness Week and let’s see how we can improve approaches to dyslexia

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‘Schools cannot fix the impact of poverty alone’

High-expectation teaching and a knowledge-based curriculum can only do so much when children come to school hungry, cold and vulnerable

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MPs call for crackdown on low apprentice pay

Commons Education Select Committee calls on the government to get tough on firms not paying apprentices properly

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Education secretary demands action on low number of ‘white British disadvantaged boys’ going to university

Damian Hinds will challenge education experts to tackle the issue as he announces £24m for the northeast

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Schools left to pick up the pieces as 1 in 4 pupils turned away from mental health services

Pupils referred to mental health services by their schools are being turned away if they don’t exhibit the same problems at home, a think tank has warned

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Why the arts are worth celebrating

This Artsmark Celebration Week, Dame Reena Keeble tells us why arts and culture are essential parts of a child’s education

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Four ways the DfE misled the public

Department for Education misrepresented statistics on both funding and school performance, says watchdog

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‘It’s shameful to mock the headteachers’ march’

The heads’ march on Downing Street was criticised as ‘too polite’ – but ministers need to listen, says Bernard Trafford

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Elite public schools drop common entrance exams

Westminster and St Paul’s say the aim is to reduce sustained pressure upon pupils, parents and teachers

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