Weekly Thursday Education News Round-Up – 25/10/2018

DfE ‘recognises’ Progress 8 can drive ‘perverse incentives’

The Department for Education has admitted it “recognises” that its progress 8 performance measure can drive perverse incentives for schools with challenging intakes.

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Over half of secondary schools use ‘internal inclusion units’, DfE research finds

Over half of secondary schools and a minority of primaries are using “internal inclusion units” as a behaviour strategy – but not many schools have evidence that such strategies actually work.

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Schools ‘incentivised’ to permanently exclude children, DfE finds

Alternative provision providers fear mainstream schools are choosing to permanently exclude difficult pupils to save on costs, according to new government research.

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Unauthorised absences continue to rise

The rate at which pupils are absent from English schools without permission has risen again this year.

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EYFS results 2018: 71.5% of reception pupils achieve ‘good’ development

The proportion of reception pupils reaching a “good” level of development has risen again this year, according to the latest early years foundation stage profile results.

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Made by Dyslexia pledge signed by Microsoft

This week, Microsoft has announced that they are the first company to sign the Made by Dyslexia pledge to empower the 700 million people around the world with dyslexia, empowering every student to achieve more with technology.

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Gender separation in mixed schools: how schools should react

All independent schools and academies are required to fulfil obligations under the Equality Act 2010. VWV’s Yvonne Spencer and John Deakin explain

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Exclusive: ‘Back off our curriculum,’ heads tell ministers and Ofsted

Heads leader calls for stop to ‘endless tinkering’, saying teachers should not have to deliver ‘other people’s curriculum’

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Exclusive:Need to know: Ofsted’s new inspection framework

From next September, the way that Ofsted inspects schools could change fundamentally – with an increased focus on the curriculum. But what does this mean for schools and teachers. Here is everything you need to know:

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Government announces plan to tackle ‘grade inflation’ at UK universities

Ministers fear institutions are awarding “too many first-class degrees”. The government has announced new measures to crack down on “grade inflation” at UK universities to protect the value of a degree.

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Children with problems or problem children?

There’s nothing pleasant about being on the end of a child’s angry or aggressive outburst – whether you’re a parent or a teacher. And if that outburst happens in a classroom rather than the sitting room, the consequences for the child can be much more serious.

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Why the design of school buildings matters

Badly designed school buildings can cause students to turn off from learning and even damage mental health.

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One in six disadvantaged students in UK are satisfied with their lives, study finds

Fewer than one in six disadvantaged students in the UK are satisfied with their lives, socially integrated at school and do not suffer from test anxiety, international experts have found.

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54% of educational institutions have not wiped old ICT equipment of data

Despite GDPR legislation having come into effect over four months ago, the majority of UK educational organisations are now risking penalties by failing to adhere to some of the rules.

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Fewer than 30% of young people know how to code

Regional divides in the education system, a lack of awareness of the opportunities available and a misaligned curriculum, continue to leave students unprepared to engage with the UK’s booming digital economy, which is growing 2.6 times faster than other industries, says BIMA.

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SEND pupils ‘failed by cuts and deliberate delays’

Councils are “stringing out” decisions about care plans for children with special educational needs and disabilities to save money, MPs have heard.

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DfE wins first ever prosecution against Illegal school in landmark court case

The first ever unregistered school has been prosecuted in a landmark case that paves the way for further prosecutions of schools operating illegally.

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Schools ‘incentivised’ to off-roll SEND pupils mid-year to keep high needs cash

Schools with resource units for special educational needs pupils are incentivised to off-roll youngsters halfway through the year because they can keep the £10,000 allocated to them, a SEND expert has warned.

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