KCSP E-Bulletin: 18 July 2022, Updates and related information
This is the last update of the academic year – the SI team wishes everyone working in our schools a fabulous summer break. We hope you all have a chance to relax and do nothing for a while, recharging the batteries and spending time with family and friends. Let’s hope the glorious weather continues once all the schools break up. To those of you not retiring, see you in September!
Behaviour and Discipline:
- In response to the ‘Timpson Review of School Exclusions’, the government committed to working with sector experts to publish practical guidance that supports schools to create positive behaviour cultures, and to conduct lawful, fair, and reasonable suspensions and permanent exclusions.
- Following the consultation, the DfE has now published a new advice document for school leaders and staff, ‘Behaviour in Schools’.
- Also published, for use from September 2022 is guidance on suspension and permanent exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England, including pupil movement.
Searching, screening and confiscation at school:
As a result of an urgent review following events involving Child Q, the DfE has published updated guidance explaining the powers schools have to screen and search pupils, and to confiscate items they find.
Recovery Premium Funding:
The DfE has updated information about recovery premium funding payment dates for the academic year 2022 to 2023 and also added information about the ‘menu of approaches’.
Last week the DfE published school attendance figures showing attendance rates for pupils falling rapidly again and absence rates for teachers, leaders and support staff continuing to rise as another Covid wave seems upon us.
New appointments at DfE:
Following the large number of ministerial resignations and moves last week, there is a significantly changed ministerial team at the DfE. The team currently looks as follows:
- Secretary of State – James Cleverly
- Minister of State – Will Quince (promoted from his previous position as Under Secretary of State in the Department)
- Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System) – Baroness Barran (remains in post)
- Under Secretary of State – Brendan Clarke-Smith
- Under Secretary of State – Andrea Jenkyns
With the exception of Baroness Barran, whose responsibilities remain as they were previously, it has not yet been confirmed what the remit of the other ministers will be. There may be further significant changes once the new Conservative Party leader, and so new Prime Minister, is confirmed on 5 September. It is also currently unclear what this disruption will mean for processes and legislation currently underway, including this year’s pay review announcements and the Schools Bill. It is understood that the government still intends to publish its response to the STRB either this week or the beginning of next week.
PE and sport premium:
A reminder that schools in receipt of the PE and sport premium must publish their 2021/22 academic year reports by Sunday 31 July. The DfE’s PE and sport premium guidance details what needs to be included in the report. If you wish, you can use the recommended reporting template produced by the Association for PE and the Youth Sport Trust.
Updated Inspection Handbooks:
- Ofsted has updated its handbooks in time for September to reflect amongst other things, the ending of the transition arrangements first put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- A link to the EIF and summary of changes can be found here.
- The inspections have been renamed to make it clear what type of inspection they are. A table has been published with all the details and you can access it via this link.
- Always make sure that you refer to the latest versions of the handbooks. The link to the new handbook (covering Graded Inspections (S5) and (S8) Ungraded Inspections is here.
- The School Monitoring Handbook can be accessed here.
- The Early Years Inspection Handbook has been restructured.
- HMI Chris Russell has published a blog outlining the rationale behind the changes which you can read here.
Research review series – English:
- Ofsted has published a review of research into factors that influence the quality of English education in schools in England.
- This review explores the research literature relating to English. Its purpose is to identify factors that can contribute to high-quality curriculums, pedagogy, assessment and schools’ systems for managing the subject.
Mary Myatt & John Tomsett – the Huh Leaders Course:
- Mary Myatt & John Tomsett are offering a short but intensive course for primary and secondary subject leaders in the autumn term based around their Secondary and Primary Huh work.
- A recording of a webinar held last week, outlining the course is available at the link above.
- The course runs from 26 September to 20 October 2022 and the is £350 +VAT for two people, which includes subscription to the Myatt & Co website.
- If you think the Huh Leaders course is right for you and your colleagues, you can sign up here. The SI team will be talking to schools in early September that they think would benefit from signing staff up for this.
New FFT blogs:
The FFT has published a new blog, ‘Alternative measures of persistent absence – an update’.
It has also published a blog, ‘Faith schools and academisation’.