Edubase | National Database of Governors
Post on 18 Nov 2016
In an aim to increase transparency, the Department for Education has placed an obligation on schools and academies to provide details of individuals involved in governing their schools. Whose details need to be provided? Maintained schools need to provide details of their school governors....
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Head to Head with Ian Bruce of CAPH
Post on 14 Nov 2016
Your current title / role: I am actually self-employed but work for four and a half days a week as the Executive Officer for CAPH Brief career background:  I left school at 16 to work for Martin’s Bank (now Barclays) in Liverpool and was there for four years. It was not for me so I went off to...
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Can a parent withdraw their child from RE and/or SRE?
Post on 19 Oct 2016
The teaching of religious education ("RE") and sex and relationship education ("SRE") in schools is often subject to parental debate. Both subjects are unusual: although schools must provide these lessons, parents have the right to remove their child from such lessons. SRE Maintained primary...
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Post on 21 Jul 2016
Last month, we announced that Amanda Spielman has been named as the new head of Ofsted.  This month, the Government has confirmed approval by the Privy Council - meaning she has been “formally appointed” as chief inspector – although she won’t start in the post until after Sir Michael Wilshaw is...
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Becoming a 16 to 19 Academy: advice for sixth-form colleges
Post on 21 Jul 2016
Government guidance was released earlier this year for sixth form colleges who are interested in becoming an Academy.  The guidance indicates that the aim of allowing conversion to Academy status is to encourage sixth form colleges, with their focus on academic programmes, to partner more...
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Regional Schools Commissioner | Education
Post on 23 Jun 2016
Rebecca Clark, the newly appointed Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the South West region, kicked off the Cornwall Association of Primary Heads (CAPH) conference last Friday at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay with a rather powerful message: “Academisation is happening.” Despite the recent...
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Safeguarding guidance for Schools | Education Law
Post on 13 Jun 2016
The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of its statutory safeguarding guidance for Schools, Keeping Children Safe in Education.  However, Schools must continue to use the July 2015 previous version until the updated guidance comes into force in September 2016.  The...
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School Fines Refunds Limited | Education law | Jon Platt
Post on 10 Jun 2016
By now, we are all aware of Mr Jon Platt, a father who won a High Court battle over taking his six-year-old daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday to Florida.  Arguing his £120 fine he received from Isle of Wight Council, three senior judges refused to accept that the family's one week break...
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Ramadan and exams | Education
Post on 19 May 2016
New guidance was released last month by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) providing information for Schools and Colleges on how best to accommodate pupils who are fasting during the exam season.  This year will be the first time Ramadan has fallen during the examination session...
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Authorised term-time holidays
Post on 19 May 2016
Mr Jon Platt, a father who refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his six-year-old daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday to Florida, has won a ruling in his favour in the High Court on the basis that overall, his daughter attended school regularly. Mr Platt’s case hinged upon the meaning of...
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