A new UK Government took office on 11 May. As a result the content on this site may not reflect current Government policy.
All statutory guidance and legislation published on this site continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise. To view the new Department for Education website, please go to http://www.education.gov.uk

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Anti-smoking Cut Films premiered
 

The Deborah Hutton Campaign has commended young filmmakers for their innovative short films.

Read more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2375.

(Added 23 March 2010)

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Guiding Lights on Facebook
 

Guiding Lights aims to inspire young people with success stories of people from different careers.

Visit the Facebook site for more information.

(Added 23 March 2010)

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Reflections on the Gender Agenda
 

This conference focuses on gender and achievement in schools and DCSF's Gender Agenda.

Find out more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2369.

(Added 23 March 2010)

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School lunch take-up
 

School lunch take-up data collection by the School Food Trust is now under way.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2368 for details.

(Added 23 March 2010)

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Science for Careers Expert Group report
 

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and DCSF have welcomed the publication of the report.

Read the press notice.

(Added 04 March 2010)

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Boost for maths teaching
 

Schools Minister Diana Johnson announces £11.8 million funding for maths specialist primary teachers.

Visit the DCSF news section for more information.

(Added 04 March 2010)

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Extra transport funding for Diploma
 

Increased transport funding is to be given to the most rural areas in England to help young people study the Diploma.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2010_0054 for more details.

(Added 04 March 2010)

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Children who stammer
 

Secretary of State Ed Balls doubles funding to kick-start campaign to support children who stammer.

Read more at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2010_0050.

(Added 04 March 2010)

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SEN action plan
 

Find out about the plans to implement the recommendations in Lamb's landmark review on SEN. http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi? pn_id=2010_0047.

(Added 25 February 2010)

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Survival Rivals
 

The Wellcome Trust has launched a competition where a team of up to four students and one teacher will win a trip of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands.

Visit the Survival Rivals website to find out how to enter.

(Added 25 February 2010)

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Speak up for languages
 

Britain's top employers have signed up to a campaign to help young people bolster their employability by adding a language to their CV.

This Channel 4 page has more details.

(Added 25 February 2010)

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Helping young people succeed
 

HE mentoring champion is appointed to help inspire more young people to aim high.

Read the DCSF press notice for more information.

(Added 25 February 2010)

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Reducing underage drinking
 

New measures, including a football tournament, against underage drinking was launched on 16 February 2010.

The press notice provides more information.

(Added 18 February 2010)

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Involving families in extended services
 

90 per cent of schools now offer extended services. A new campaign aims to get families more involved.

Read the press notice for more details.

(Added 18 February 2010)

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Take Note
 

Schools Minister Diana Johnson is inviting all headteachers to attend a free conference in London, which aims to explore how music can support a young person's development.

For more information visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/subjects/music/takenote/.

(Added 18 February 2010)

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Registration for EEA teachers
 

Teachers from other European countries working temporarily in the UK now have a duty to register with the GTCE or GTCW.

Further details can be found at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2321.

(Added 11 February 2010)

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Promoting good behaviour
 

Parents will be expected to sign up to school behaviour policies when they apply for a school place.

The press release provides more details.

(Added 11 February 2010)

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School chains
 

School chains to lead improvement as Accredited Schools system is launched.

For more information, read the press notice.

(Added 11 February 2010)

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Click Clever, Click Safe
 

A campaign to keep children safe online has been launched for Safer Internet Day.

Read all about the campaign at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/ictis/infrastructure/inter netsafety/.

(Added 11 February 2010)

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Interim Executive Boards consultation
 

DCSF would like your views on proposed updates to regulations on the exit arrangements for schools from Interim Executive Boards (IEBs).

Find out more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2306.

(Added 04 February 2010)

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Focus on engaging parents
 

Read about the new strategy for supporting families and get tips on resources to help engage parents at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2303.

(Added 04 February 2010)

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Appointment of new Chair to the School Food Trust
 

Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, has announced the appointment of Rob Rees as the new Chair of the Board at the School Food Trust.

Read the press notice for further details.

(Added 04 February 2010)

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Appointment of a new member to the STRB
 

Jill Pullen has been appointed to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB).

The press notice provides more information.

(Added 04 February 2010)

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Correspondence on the use of physical punishment
 

Read the correspondence between Sir Roger Singleton and Ed Balls on the use of physical punishment in part-time educational and other learning settings.

(Added 28 January 2010)

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New members of NCLSCS appointed
 

Four new members have been appointed to the Board of the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services.

Read the press release to find out more.

(Added 28 January 2010)

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Free energy display meters
 

A new scheme allows schools to register for free energy display meters to help monitor electricity consumption.

More information can be found at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/management/resour cesfinanceandbuilding/schoolbuildings/sustainability/zerocarbon/ displaymeters/.

(Added 28 January 2010)

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Consultation on SRE guidance
 

DCSF would like to hear your views on the draft Sex and Relationships Education Guidance document.

Visit the DCSF e-consultations section to find out how to participate.

(Added 28 January 2010)

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How well are our children and young people?
 

An event hosted by the National College will explore all aspects of well-being. For details about the event, visit the National College website.

(Added 21 January 2010)

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Futurelab resources
 

Futurelab have produced two free resources now available to educators.

To find out more about them, visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2287.

(Added 21 January 2010)

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Why let drink decide?
 

A national advertising campaign aims to raise awareness of how alcohol can make young people vulnerable to many social problems.

Take a look at the campaign site to find out more.

(Added 21 January 2010)

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National Family Week 2010
 

How will your school take part in this year's event?

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2283 for more information.

(Added 21 January 2010)

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Improving standards
 

New figures show further improvements in secondary schools in England.

Read the press release.

(Added 14 January 2010)

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Pupil and parent guarantees
 

Parents and pupils have been given full details of the guarantees they can expect from schools.

The press release provides more details.

(Added 14 January 2010)

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Scimorph
 

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker MP has launched this interactive web-based product designed to encourage pupils in Years 6 and 7 to be inspired and excited by science.

Find out more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2279.

(Added 14 January 2010)

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Accelerate to Headship programme
 

The National College is offering motivated people a unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Visit the National College website for more information.

(Added 14 January 2010)

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Children and money
 

Schools Secretary Ed Balls and money expert Martin Lewis have stressed the importance of children learning about money matters.

Read the press release at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi? pn_id=2010_0005.

(Added 07 January 2010)

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Books for Schools
 

Over 53,000 free books are to be given to schools in bid to get young people hooked on reading.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi? pn_id=2010_0006 for more information.

(Added 07 January 2010)

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The Key Stage 1 guarantee
 

All pupils in the early years of primary school are guaranteed catch-up support if they are falling behind.

The press release has more details.

(Added 07 January 2010)

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New consultations
 

On 10 December 2009, the Education Minister, Vernon Coaker, announced the launch of two alternative provision consultations.

For more information visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2263.

(Added 07 January 2010)

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Boys and books
 

Research shows that more boys are becoming hooked on reading for pleasure.

For more details, read the press release.

(Added 22 December 2009)

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School Improvement Partners
 

The National College is undertaking a joint consultation with the DCSF on the new role for School Improvement Partners (SIPs).

Find out more at the National College website.

(Added 22 December 2009)

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Support for parents of children with SEN
 

Ed Balls has announced that parents of SEN pupils will receive more help to get the right educational support for their children.

Read the press release.

(Added 22 December 2009)

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The Raising of the Participation Age (RPA)
 

The Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) means that all young people will continue in education or training to 17 from 2013 and to 18 from 2015. This will be the first time in nearly forty years that the education leaving age has been raised. It is one of the most fundamental changes to our education system and ensuring all young people stay in education and training is one of the most urgent challenges facing our country today.

Raising the Participation Age: supporting local areas to deliver sets out what local authorities need to do to by 2013 and what we will do nationally to must achieve by 2013 and how we at the DCSF are going to support them.

A summary is also available here.

(Added 15 December 2009)

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Free School Meals pilots
 

Ed Balls has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor that more children are to benefit from free school meals.

Read the press notice.

(Added 10 December 2009)

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Click Clever Click Safe
 

The Government has launched the UK Council for Child Internet Safety's first strategy document, which aims to help children stay safe online.

Find out more here: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2241.

(Added 10 December 2009)

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Timetable for action
 

Your child, your schools, our future: building a 21st-century schools system. Read the implementation plan.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/21stcenturyschoolssystem/timetableforaction/index.shtml to download the plan.

(Added 10 December 2009)

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Three new members
 

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families has confirmed the appointment of three new members to the QCA board.

Read the DCSF press notice to find out more.

(Added 03 December 2009)

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Building a safe, confident future
 

The final report of the Social Work Task Force has been published.

You can download a copy from the DCSF publications page.

(Added 03 December 2009)

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Key Stage 2 results
 

Results for 11-year-olds in England show good progress overall and excellent improvement in a number of local authorities.

Find out more on the DCSF news page.

(Added 03 December 2009)

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Parental engagement
 

There is overwhelming evidence to show that parents' engagement in their child's learning is the most important influence on attainment, wellbeing and life chances.

Find out how to take part in a new research project at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2231.

(Added 03 December 2009)

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Primary curriculum reform
 

There are plans to bring in a new curriculum to reform primary education with overwhelming support from pupils, parents and teachers.

Read more and find links to document downloads at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2221.

(Added 26 November 2009)

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Independent and state school partnerships (ISSP)
 

The ISSP Scheme is one strand of the Government's commitment to raising standards, widening educational opportunities and promoting a climate of social inclusion.

For more information visit: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/indepen dentandstateschools/issp/.

(Added 26 November 2009)

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Ofsted's Annual Report
 

A picture of overall improvement in care, education and skills in England is revealed in Ofsted's Annual Report

Download the report from Online Publications.

(Added 26 November 2009)

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Equal Access to Promotion
 

BME teachers who aspire to senior leadership roles have until 11 December to apply for this National College programme.

Visit the National College website for more details.

(Added 26 November 2009)

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Urban evolution
 

Budding young engineers are set to take up the task of researching, designing and making solutions to tough engineering problems.

Visit http://faraday.theiet.org/urbanevolution/index.cfm to explore the interactive website.

(Added 19 November 2009)

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My Commonwealth
 

This competiton is a perfect way for young people to say what they think about the Commonwealth.

Visit the The Commonwealth Conversation website for all the details.

(Added 19 November 2009)

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New resources for schools
 

Two resources for schools regarding their duty under the Disability Discrimination Act and the effectiveness of their disability equality schemes.

To find out more go to http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/disability/.

(Added 19 November 2009)

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Consultation on new drugs guidance for schools
 

The aim is to send out a clear message that drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse among young people is unacceptable and is damaging their futures.

The consultation runs until 15 Feb 2010.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/? id=2207 for further details.

(Added 19 November 2009)

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Be involved, make a difference
 

The DCSF is looking to engage with teachers and pupils through this new pilot programme.

You can find more information here: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/educationoverview/currentstrategy/beinvolved/.

(Added 12 November)

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Call to parents to report bullying
 

Ed Balls welcomes a new anti-bullying song by N-Dubz.

Read the press notice on the DCSF website.

(Added 12 November)

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Well-being and the whole child
 

School and children's services leaders are invited to attend this National College event in February.

Visit the National College website for more information.

(Added 12 November)

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PSHE education
 

All children and young people are to learn about personal finance and healthier lifestyles.

For a summary and links for further information, visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2194.

(Added 05 November 2009)

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Think Family
 

Twenty areas will deliver the new £6.5 million Child Poverty Family Intervention Projects.

Read the press notice at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0206.

(Added 05 November 2009)

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The Really Good School Dinner
 

The call is out to all schools inviting them to help children both here and in some of the world's poorest countries.

Find out more about the campaign at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2193.

(Added 05 November 2009)

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International Education Week (IEW) 2009
 

IEW (16 to 20 November) is a chance to show the world how international work has benefited your school and showcase your school's achievements.

Visit the Global Gateway website for more information.

(Added 05 November 2009)

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Learning Launchpad
 

Learning Launchpad aims to help create lasting organisations that enable young people to discover their potential.

Visit http://www.learninglaunchpad.org/ for all the details.

(Added 28 October 2009)

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Childline online
 

The NSPCC have launched an upgraded Childline website which offers counselling facilities for children online.

Take a look at the new website: Childline.

(Added 28 October 2009)

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IAG strategy launched
 

The Government has set out new plans for improving information, advice and guidance (IAG) for young people.

For more information visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2177.

(Added 28 October 2009)

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2011 National Curriculum test date consultation
 

In the October 2008 Report on Expert Group on Assessment, it was recommended that the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests are moved from May to June in 2011.

Further details can be found here: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2180.

(Added 28 October 2009)

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11 Million Takeover Day
 

On 6 November children and young people will go into schools to 'take over' for the day.

Find out more at: http://www.11million.org.uk/.

(Added 22 October 2009)

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Complaints about Ofsted's work
 

Ofsted is reviewing arrangements for the handling and investigation of concerns about its work and the conduct of its staff.

Visit the Ofsted site for more information.

(Added 22 October 2009)

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New accreditation system for school providers
 

Details of the new 'kitemark' for school providers have been announced.

Read the press notice.

(Added 22 October 2009)

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The Diana Award
 

Nominate now for this award which gives inspirational young people from all walks of life the national recognition they deserve.

Visit the website to read all about it : http://www.diana-award.org.uk/.

(Added 22 October 2009)

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Save money programmes on Teachers TV
 

Save Money is a series designed to help schools make the most of their budgets and ensure that their procurement is sustainable and a good investment.

Find out more at http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/teacherstv/savemoney/.

(Added 15 October 2009)

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Cartoon Classroom
 

A website has been launched which aims to provide a means of centralising all information available on the study of cartoon and sequential art in the UK and Southern Ireland.

http://www.cartoonclassroom.co.uk/home/

(Added 13 October 2009)

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Independent review of elective home education
 

The Government responded to the review on 9 October 2009.

For more information visit the Every Child Matters website.

(Added 13 October 2009)

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It's Walk to School Month
 

Walk to School Month runs throughout the whole of October and is an opportunity not to be missed for promoting walking at your school. If you aren't involved yet, it's not too late.

Visit the Walk to School website to find out how to get involved.

(Added 13 October 2009)

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Update on post-16 progression measures data
 

Information was due to be provided to all secondary maintained schools, Academies and LAs in September 2009.

Read more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2153.

(Added 13 October 2009)

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Take shape
 

This is a project designed to enable pupils to examine the complex causes of obesity in our society.

For more information visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/healthyliving/obesity/takeshape/.

(Added 16 September 2009)

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One-to-one tuition
 

Ministers call for a tutor army to give intensive support to pupils falling behind in English and maths.

Read the DCSF press notice to find out more.

(Added 16 September 2009)

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Tune In - Year of Music
 

This is a national project which aims to encourage children and young people to take part in more music-related activities.

Visit the Tune In - Year of Music pages to find out more.

(Added 16 September 2009)

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What does learner support do?
 

The LSC has updated the 'What does learner support do?' Big Picture and free copies can now be ordered.

Details on how to order can be found at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2130.

(Added 16 September 2009)

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World War II mini-theme week Sep 7 - 13
 

A look at the work of women during WW2 including the building of Waterloo Bridge which is also known as "The Ladies Bridge".

Visit http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/teacherstv/wwii/ for more information.

(Added 03 September 2009)

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International Literacy Day 2009
 

On 8 September every year UNESCO spotlights the status of literacy and learning across the world.

Visit the UNESCO literacy page for more details.

(Added 03 September 2009)

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Cast your vote now
 

In the run-up to November's National School Meals Week (NSMW), the search is on for the nation's favourite school meal.

Look at the options on the NSMW website.

(Added 03 September 2009)

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Overwhelming support for Diplomas
 

A report shows that Diplomas are seen as excellent preparation for higher education.

Read the press notice.

(Added 03 September 2009)

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Learner Support for 2009/10
 

The Learner Support programme is available to help learners who would not otherwise be able to participate in education due to financial reasons.

For more information, visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2121.

(Added 03 September 2009)

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School Workforce in England
 

Read the latest national statistics on School Workforce in England.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000844/index.shtml.

(Added 19 August 2009)

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Career development for school business managers
 

The application round for the next cohort of the Diploma of School Business Management (DSBM) programme is now open.

Find out more at the National College for School Leadership website.

(Added 11 August 2009)

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National Schools' Fire Safety Day
 

Teachers are being urged to participate in the National Schools' Fire Safety Awareness Campaign.

For more details visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2101.

(Added 11 August 2009)

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School leadership for the 21st century
 

NCSL is running a series of free Models of Leadership events across England this autumn.

Visit the National College for School Leadership website for more information.

(Added 4 August 2009)

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Backing Young Britain
 

This campaign aims to bring businesses and public/voluntary sectors together to ensure that the valuable skills of young people aren't being wasted.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2098 to find out about the two new websites that have just been launched.

(Added 4 August 2009)

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Gifted and talented
 

The brightest disadvantaged pupils are to receive 'scholarship' funding.

Read the DCSF press notice to find out more.

(Added 4 August 2009)

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The Social Work Task Force
 

The Task Force was commissioned to undertake a comprehensive review of frontline social work practice.

For more details visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2097.

(Added 4 August 2009)

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A carbon management strategy for schools
 

This consultation was launched on 21 July 2009.

Read the details at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/sustainableschools/about/news_detail.cfm?id=627&levelselected=0.

(Added 23 July 2009)

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Learning Outside the Classroom Awards 2009
 

Is your school providing positive learning experiences beyond the classroom?

Find out at the Learning Outside the Classroom website.

(Added 23 July 2009)

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International Education Week
 

The week (16 to 20 November) is an opportunity to show the world how a global dimension in the classroom has benefited your school.

Visit the Global Gateway website to read more.

(Added 23 July 2009)

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Building on success
 

A recent White Paper sets out some specific proposals aimed at enhancing the specialist schools programme.

Please visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2091 for more information.

(Added 23 July 2009)

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Make the Link, Be the Change
 

International children's charity Plan is running a project on climate change aimed at secondary schools in the UK and around the world.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2090 for more information.

(Added 16 July 2009)

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School partnerships
 

The Department for International Development (DFID) is running a summer campaign to raise awareness of the benefits to children of school partnerships.

Read more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2088.

(Added 16 July 2009)

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Implementation Review Unit
 

New members and chair are wanted to advise ministers on removing unnecessary bureaucracy in schools and lead a national review of obstacles.

Find out more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2089.

(Added 16 July 2009)

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A passion for poetry?
 

Budding poets aged 11 to 17 have until the end of July to enter this year's Foyles Young Poets of the Year competition.

Visit the Poetry Society website for more information.

(Added 16 July 2009)

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Healthy eaters
 

Schools Minister, Diana Johnson, has welcomed new figures showing millions of children are now eating healthier school lunches.

Read the press notice at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0132.

(Added 16 July 2009)

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Communication
 

The DCSF has announced a £5 million package of measures to help improve services for children and young people with communication problems.

Read the press notice at: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0129.

(Added 08 July 2009)

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Learning Links Programme 2009-10
 

Funding of up to £1500 is available to teachers and professionals in museums and archives to forge links and work together in partnership.

Visit the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council website for more information.

(Added 08 July 2009)

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EMA Learning Provider Resource Pack
 

This supports learning providers in helping young people with their post-16 options.

Visit the LSC website to take a look at the Learner Support Toolkit.

(Added 08 July 2009)

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Your child, your schools, our future
 

This White Paper aims to help create a schools system that will provide a great start in life for every child in every school.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/21stcenturyschoolssystem/ to find out more.

(Added 08 July 2009)

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EAL in schools
 

Have your say on the EAL workforce development strategy. (Consultation closes 7 August 2009.)

Register at http://www.teachingeal.org.uk/.

(Added 08 July 2009)

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One to One Tuition
 

Register for the programme and help qualifying children gain more confidence and understanding in English and maths.

More details can be found at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2061.

(Added 23 June 2009)

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Teaching EAL
 

Your views are sought on the draft strategy for the development of English as an additional language (EAL) for the school workforce.

Visit the TDA Teaching EAL website for more information.

(Added 23 June 2009)

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Review of the self-evaluation form (SEF) for schools 2009
 

New maintained school inspection arrangements will be introduced in September.

For more information visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2066.

(Added 23 June 2009)

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Sustainability Matters
 

A new DCSF film reveals the potential benefits of sustainability.

The seven-minute film, Sustainability Matters, is designed to stimulate group debate and is hosted on the updated Sustainable Schools website.

(Added 23 June 2009)

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It's Alright to be Bright!
 

The National Association for Gifted Children has launched its third year of It's Alright to be Bright! The initiative raises awareness of the social and emotional needs of gifted children, as well as celebrating the diversity of all children's abilities. A whole week of activities is planned from 19th to 26th September 2009 and schools can get involved in a variety of ways.

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(Added 22 June 2009)

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My Money Week
 

Prepare your school for My Money Week (29 June to 5 July 2009).

Find out more here: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2034.

(Added 4 June 2009)

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EMA Guarantee
 

Under the EMA Guarantee, learners who have been paid during the 2008/09 academic year do not need to reapply.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2032 for more information.

(Added 4 June 2009)

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Child Safety Week
 

To coincide with Child Safety Week (22-28 June), there is a free resources pack available for all those working with children, young people or families.

Visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website at http://www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/child-safety-week/ to sign up for the pack.

(Added 28 May 2009)

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The BiG GiG
 

The London International Music Show and Music For Youth are organising a concert, featuring a thousand-piece band and hundreds of young voices.

Find out about the big musical weekend at http://www.londoninternationalmusicshow.com/.

(Added 28 May 2009)

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Half-price school council training
 

The DCSF is subsidising LA staff in City Challenge areas to train to become school council experts.

Find out more at the School Councils UK website.

(Added 19 May 2009)

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Raising standards
 

Funding of £45 million has been announced for National Challenge Schools in order to continue raising standards in the next academic year.

Read the press notice at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0099.

(Added 19 May 2009)

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Partnerships Conference
 

The DCSF is able to offer some free places at ISC's independent/state school partnerships conference.

Find out more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2019.

(Added 12 May 2009)

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Accountability
 

School Report Cards, not 'league tables', must be at the heart of school accountability.

Read the press notice: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0089.

(Added 12 May 2009)

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September Guarantee
 

Have all your Year 11 students been offered a place in education or training next year?

Visit: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/14to19/guarantee/ to read the key points.

(Added 12 May 2009)

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Curriculum reform
 

Sir Jim Rose has published the final report on his Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum.

For more information and to find out how to download the report visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=2003.

(Added 6 May 2009)

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Passionate about science?
 

The RSC Bill Bryson Prize is a science communication competition for primary and secondary schools.

Visit the Royal Society of Chemistry website to find out more.

(Added 6 May 2009)

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The work-related learning guide
 

A guidance document for employers, schools, colleges, students and their parents and carers.

Download the guidance document here.

(Added 6 May 2009)

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Who Do We Think We Are? 2009
 

Start planning now for WDWTWA Week, which takes place from 22-27 June.

Visit the Who Do We Think We Are? site to find out more.

(Added 28 April 2009)

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Plug in to the DCSF
 

The DCSF Network Group is looking to expand its membership.

Find out how to join here: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1997.

(Added 28 April 2009)

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Teacher assessments
 

Schools must report teacher assessment levels for pupils at Key Stages 2 and 3 to the QCA by 10 July 2009.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1984 for details.

(Added 28 April 2009)

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Sketchbooks in Schools
 

This project aims to inspire and enable the creative use of sketchbooks in schools.

Read about the AccessArt project at http://www.accessart.org.uk/sketchbook/.

(Added 28 April 2009)

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Guarantee for post-16 learning
 

Every young person who wants to study or take up training will have their place guaranteed, thanks to £655 million of Budget funding. Read the press notice.

(Added 28 April 2009)

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Show Racism the Red Card
 

The charity is offering two resources in which professional footballers and young people share their experiences of racism.

More details can be found at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1991.

(Added 21 April 2009)

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Assessment for Learning
 

The second edition of the Assessment for Learning E-Bulletin is now available.

Visit the Assessment for Learning pages.

(Added 21 April 2009)

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The Steer Report and school discipline
 

Read the final part of Sir Alan Steer's review of pupil behaviour and also a leaflet highlighting the main disciplinary powers available to teachers.

For more information visit: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1987.

(Added 16 April 2009)

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Extension of the National Strategies contract
 

The DCSF is to extend the National Strategies contract by one year.

Read the press release: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0072.

(Added 16 April 2009)

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PE in schools
 

A recent report has revealed that physical education is in favour with primary and secondary school pupils.

Visit the Ofsted site for more information.

(Added 7 April 2009)

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Life Education
 

This is the UK's largest children's health education charity, working with schools parents and communities to help children make healthy choices.

Further details at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1978.

(Added 7 April 2009)

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GCSEs and A Level reports by Ofqual
 

Ofqual has published various reports on the standard of GCSEs and A Levels in different subjects.

Find more details at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1975.

(Added 31 March 2009)

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Keeping our schools safe
 

Read the review of safeguarding arrangements in independent schools, non-maintained special schools and all boarding schools in England.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/familyandcommunity/childprotection/safeguarding/ for more information.

(Added 31 March 2009)

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Breaking the link
 

This is a summary document of international and national evidence of the relationship between deprivation and education.

Read more: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/educationoverview/briefing/currentstrategy/breakinglink/.

(Added 23 March 2009)

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Every Child Counts
 

In the first term of the Every Child Counts programme, children have made an average of 12 months progress over three months with just 20 hours tuition.

For more information visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/subjects/maths/everychildcounts/.

(Added 16 March 2009)

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A-level Summer Exhibition Online 2009
 

Register now for this online contemporary art show.

Read the details at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1960

(Added 16 March 2009)

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Becta ICT Excellence Awards 2009
 

Schools who are approaching ICT in outstanding or innovative ways have until 11 March to submit their entries.

Visit the Becta website for all the details.

(Added 3 March 2009)

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Twelve outstanding schools
 

An Ofsted report showcases schools in challenging circumstances that have been rated as 'outstanding'.

To view the schools visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1948.

(Added 26 February 2009)

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The Steer Report
 

Sir Alan Steer's latest report to the Secretary of State on behaviour in schools was issued on 6 February.

To download the report in Word or PDF format, visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1944.

(Added 26 February 2009)

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Fundraise for Red Nose Day with Teachers TV!
 

We're raising money for Red Nose Day by asking you to post (clean!) funny stories or original jokes on our website at www.teachers.tv/rednoseday.

For every joke or story you post, we’ll donate £1 to Comic Relief (up to £1000)! PLUS check out all our great programmes for fundraising in school and making the most of Red Nose Day at www.teachers.tv/rednoseday!

(Added 23 February 2009)

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Guide to the European health resorts
 

The competition aims to develop in young people a historical awareness and a sense of belonging to the local, national and European community.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1938 for more information.

(Added 17 February 2009)

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Funding for sports
 

Ed Balls has announced that 75 sports colleges will share over £21 million to improve their facilities.

Find more details at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2009_0032.

(Added 17 February 2009)

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Calling all classroom talent
 

ICT equipment worth £5000 is up for grabs in Becta's interactive Red Nose Day school competition.

Find out more here: http://www.rednoseday.com/do_something/school.

(Added 17 February 2009)

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School Admissions Codes
 

The revised School Admissions Code and School Admission Appeals Code came into force on 10 February 2009.

The Codes apply to all maintained schools and Academies in England and are available to download at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/sacode/.

A summary of the main changes to the Codes and are available at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?id=13303.

(Added 17 February 2009)

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Futurelab
 

A new report is aiding those involved in the redesign of educational learning spaces.

For more information, please visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1932.

(Added 17 February 2009)

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Children with ADHD
 

A recent study suggests that children with the common disorder ADHD have very poor short-term memories.

Read the press release here: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?id=13219.

(Added 15 January 2009)

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National Family Week 2009
 

The UK's first National Family Week will be held from 25 to 31 May 2009.

Read more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1902.

(Added 13 January 2009)

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Deadline for language project award
 

CILT, the National Centre for Languages, is inviting anyone running an innovative language project to nominate their project for a prestigious European Award for Languages by Friday 30 January.

To find out how to apply, visit http://www.cilt.org.uk/eal/.

(Added 8 January 2009)

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AfL E-Bulletin launched
 

The DCSF has launched its Assessment for Learning (AfL) E-Bulletin.

For more information, visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1896

(Added 5 January 2009)

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Changes in remembering
 

A recently completed study has revealed significant changes in the way children retrieve information from long-term memory between 8 and 11 years.

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1890 to read more.

(Added 18 December 2008)

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One Year On
 

Ed Balls has written to schools congratulating colleagues for the significant progress made over the last year towards the vision set out in the Children's Plan.

Read the letter sent to schools: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/_doc/13173/sosletter.pdf (PDF 296 KB).

(Added 18 December 2008)

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School Leadership consultation
 

The DCSF and the NCSL are formally consulting on the proposed National Standards for School Leadership.

Read more at http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1892.

(Added 18 December 2008)

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Revised School Admissions Codes
 

The Secretary of State presented to Parliament the revised School Admissions Code and School Admission Appeals Code on 4 December 2008.

These will come into force in February 2009 subject to successful passage through Parliament. The Codes and associated Regulations can be viewed at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/sacode/.

(Added 18 December 2008)

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International Climate Champions 2009
 

The British Council is recruiting the climate champions of 2009. Young people aged between 11 and 19 have until 19 December to enter.

More information is available at http://www.britishcouncil.org/climatechange-icc-2009-competition.htm.

(Added 11 December 2008)

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Safer Internet Day
 

Are you using the internet in your classroom? If your answer is yes, then read on.

(Added 11 December 2008)

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International Year of Astronomy
 

To celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009, up to 1000 telescopes are available for secondary schools.

For more details visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1883.

(Added 11 December 2008)

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Play for the future
 

The National Play Strategy has been launched with 89 LAs awarded funding to build and revamp playgrounds.

Find out more at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0280.

(Added 11 December 2008)

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Independent review of the primary curriculum in England
 

The interim report has now been published. It presents work in progress to put forward recommendations to create the best curriculum for primary children.

For more information, please visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/primarycurriculumreview/.

Download Jim Rose's interim report on the Online Publications website.

(Added 8 December 2008)

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New anti-bullying guidance
 

The National Healthy Schools Programme has launched its guidance to coincide with National Anti-Bullying Week.

Produced in partnership with 11 MILLION, the organisation led by the Children's Commissioner for England, and supported by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a national coalition of over 60 organisations working to help prevent bullying. [full details]

(Added 18 November 2008)

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Schools Recruitment Service exhibit
 

The Schools Recruitment Service is to exhibit at the National Bursars Association Annual Conference, Hinckley, Leicestershire on November 27 and 28.

Visit http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/schoolsjobs/news/ for more details.

(Added 13 November)

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Primary Capital Programme
 

A new generation of primary schools has been given the green light after the Government approved building plans worth £3.55 billion.

More information is available at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0252.

(Added 13 November)

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Be an early bird
 

Register now to take part in the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch in January and receive a free activity pack.

Visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswatch/ to find out more.

(Added 13 November)

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National Healthy Schools Programme PSHE conference
 

Event: PSHE! It's all about their future

The third annual Healthy Schools national conference will take place on Thursday 20 November.

For more information, download the Word document.

(Added 05 November 2008)

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Personalised Learning - a practical guide
 

This guide is designed to help school leaders, teachers and School Improvement Partners to explore and develop key aspects of personalised teaching and learning.

Find out more at Online Publications for Schools.

(Added 05 November)

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Go to Europe
 

Do you want to link in Europe and receive funding for visits and projects?

Visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1831 for more information.

(Added 05 November 2008)

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National Family Week
 

Britain's first National Family Week will be held from 25 to 31 May 2009.

For more details, please visit: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1836

(Added 05 November 2008)

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Reforms to school accountability and testing
 

Read Ed Balls' letter outlining the changes being made to Key Stage 3 assessment arrangements.

Download the letter from: http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/docbank/index.cfm?id=13011.

(Added 16 October 2008)

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A picture paints...
 

The National Year of Reading, working with London 2012, has launched the Words of Welcome photography project for young people.

Visit http://www.yearofreading.org.uk/wordsofwelcome?dm_i=397666662 to find out more.

(Added 16 October 2008)

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Win Michael Rosen!
 

The best entry in a National Year of Reading poetry competition will win a visit from the Children's Laureate to their school.

Go to http://www.yearofreading.org.uk/index.php?id=366 for more information.

(Added 16 October 2008)

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School Support Staff Negotiating Body
 

In order to recognise the high value placed on all support staff in our schools, work has continued to set up a new School Support Staff Negotiating Body.

Download a PDF from http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1817 for more information.

(Added 16 October 2008)

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Schools Recruitment Service exhibits
 

The Schools Recruitment Service is to exhibit at a number of education conferences over the coming months. The events will enable educationalists all over England to gain first hand information about the service.

For more details visit the Schools Recruitment Service area: http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/schoolsjobs/news/.

(Added 22 September 2008)

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Cookbook for schools
 

As part of a campaign to promote compulsory cooking in schools the DCSF has published a free cookbook for all 11-year-olds.

For more information visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0195.

(Added 11 September 2008)

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Updated SEN guide
 

'The Special Educational Needs: a guide for parents and carers' has been updated and the revised version replaces that published in 2001.

To order the guide or download a copy, please visit http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/news/?id=1776.

(Added 11 September 2008)

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Get planning for NSEW 2009
 

Apply this term for grants to help schools organise their own events as part of National Science and Engineering Week next March.

Go to the British Association for the Advancement of Science for more details. http://www.the-ba.net/the-ba/events/nsew/NSEWFunding/smallgrants.htm.

(Added 11 September 2008)

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School Admissions Consultation 2008
 

This consultation outlines proposed changes to make the admissions process for parents as fair, transparent and straightforward as possible. Closes 2 October 2008.

Read the details at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/conDetails.cfm?consultationId=1561.

(Added 02 September 2008)

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Tests update
 

Read Ed Balls' update on developments in relation to National Curriculum tests.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0182

(Added 02 September 2008)

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Dragons' Den
 

Young people taking part in panels to fund youth projects have seen their confidence and social skills soar, their behaviour improve and their standing in the community increased.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0177 for the details

(Added 27 August 2008)

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Write a poem and win a poet!
 

Here's a chance to win an exclusive National Poetry Day event.

http://www.usbornebooksforschools.co.uk/whats_new/Poetry_Competition_08.asp?css=1

(Added 27 August 2008)

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Celebrate science
 

There's a special schools programme on offer at this year's Festival of Science, taking place in Liverpool, 6 - 11 September.

For details visit http://www.the-ba.net/the-ba/FestivalofScience/.

(Added 19 August 2008)

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A Level results
 

Jim Knight has welcomed news that increased numbers of pupils are passing A Levels.

Read more at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0174.

(Added 19 August 2008)

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Progress needed at 14
 

Key Stage 3 provisional national results have been published.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0172

(Added 12 August 2008)

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Children's Book Week competition
 

Primary pupils have until 12 September to imagine a book they would love to write and design a cover for it.

For an entry form and more details, please visit the Book Trust website http://www.booktrustchildrensbooks.org.uk/show/feature/CBW-competition.

(Added 12 August 2008)

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Key Stage 2 results
 

Schools Minister Jim Knight has welcomed the improvements in provisional test results for 11-year-olds.

For more details, please visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0165.

(Added 5 August 2008)

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SENCOs
 

Schools are to receive £10 million of funding to train their Special Educational Needs Coordinators.

More information is available at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0163.

(Added 5 August 2008)

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Gifted and Talented
 

Andrew Adonis has announced a package of support to encourage disadvantaged 'gifted and talented' pupils to apply for some of the country's top universities.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0160

(Added 5 August 2008)

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SEN consultation
 

The TDA is seeking views on its proposal for nationally accredited training for teachers new to the role of special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).

Read more here: http://www.tda.gov.uk/teachers/sen/senco_consultation.aspx

(Added 23 July 2008)

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Test delivery update
 

Read Ed Balls' update on developments in relation to National Curriculum testing and the delivery of 2008 Key Stage 2 and 3 tests.


http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0159

(Added 23 July 2008)

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Moving on up
 

A new magazine for Year 6 pupils explains the options available when they move up to secondary school.

To download the magazine visit Online Publications for Schools: Moving on up

(Added 03 July 2008)

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Review of mathematics teaching in primary schools and early years settings
 

The final report for the independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Primary Schools and Early Years Settings has now been published.

Please visit http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/primary/mathematicsreview

/mathsreview/ for more information.

(Added 17 June 2008)

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Young people at the DCSF
 

Children's Minister Beverley Hughes has welcomed a delegation of young people to the DCSF to discuss their views on children's rights.

Visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0108to find out more.

(Added 10 June 2008)

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£81 million to prepare teachers
 

Schools Minister Jim Knight has announced £81 million of additional funding to prepare teachers to deliver the new Diploma.

For more information visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0106.

(Added 10 June 2008)

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The Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategy is now live!
 

The Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategy is now live and ready to download or order from Online Publications on TeacherNet. Details can be found at http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=publications&ProductId=DCSF-00341-2008.

The AfL strategy is designed to support schools in using assessment information to improve and plan provision, as well as improving the quality of the assessment process itself. Aimed primarily at teachers and school leaders, it sets out aims and objectives for each year, describing how the strategy will be delivered and giving details of the resources available to schools.

[full details]

(Added 3 June 2008)

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Love Parks Week: 14 - 22 June
 

Find out how visiting your local park can help deliver the curriculum in a number of subject areas, and fulfil some Every Child Matters outcomes.

http://www.loveparksweek.org.uk/ provides more information.

(Added 3 June 2008)

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The Diploma on its way
 

There will be 17 Diplomas to choose from with the first five lines being taught in selected schools and colleges in September.

For more information visit http://yp.direct.gov.uk/diplomas/teachers/teacher_information/

(Added 3 June 2008)

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Young People, Music and the Internet
 

Childnet has produced a guide which aims to help young people use the internet and mobile phones safely and legally.

To download the Childnet leaflet click here (PDF 275 KB).

(Added 28 May 2008)

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Foster care pilots
 

Extra help is being given for young foster children at risk of exclusion.

For more information visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0100

(Added 28 May 2008)

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Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09
 

Today, the Government has published Preparing Britain for the Future - the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09, which sets out the UK Government's plans for legislative and key non-legislative action in next year's Parliamentary session.
Site link: www.commonsleader.gov.uk/draftprogramme

If you want to make Your Voice heard, you can comment on the programme
Site link: www.commonsLeader.gov.uk/yourvoice

You can also see what is going on in your region
Site link: www.commonsleader.gov.uk/regionalactivity

(Added 14 May 2008)

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Walk to School Week
 

Walk to School Week 2008 starts on 19 May. Take a look at some of the resources available.

http://www.walktoschool.org.uk/index.php

(Added 13 May 2008)

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My City Too!
 

Read the manifesto by London's teenagers for better spaces in the city.

http://www.mycitytoo.org.uk/manifesto.html

(Added 13 May 2008)

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The Learning Resource Kit
 

This is a completely free tool to help secondary schools manage their resources more effectively.

To find out more, visit http://www.learningresourcekit.co.uk/

(Added 06 May 2008)

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CILT Community Languages National Conference
 

Wednesday 11 June 2008 Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield

What is the CILT Community Languages National Conference?
'Community Languages: Developing practice for the 21st century' is a national conference focusing on a wide variety of aspects of community language teaching, run by CILT, the National Centre for Languages in association with Languages Sheffield.

Whatever your specific interests or background, this conference will provide you with the chance to develop skills, ask questions and share expertise, and to network with colleagues from all areas of community languages teaching.

Find out more at http://www.cilt.org.uk/cpd/community.htm

(Added 29 April 2008)

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Passport to the EU
 

In order to support Europe Day (9 May) the UK Representation of the European Commission is issuing a free booklet to schools.

The booklet is produced by the European Commission office in the UK and is aimed at children aged 10- to 12-years-old. It includes stickers of coins, flags, buildings and even a map. Children can find places for the stickers in the passport and on the map.

 

In order to support Europe Day (9 May) activities for young people, the UK Representation of the European Commission is making 100,000 copies of the Passport to the European Union available to UK schools and similar organisations free of charge. Orders may be submitted here.

(Added 22 April 2008)

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Museums and Galleries Month
 

May is Museums and Galleries Month, with lots of special events planned. Find out what's on in your area - http://www.mgm.org.uk/etc/MGMWHATSON.html

(Added 16 April 2008)

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The Smallpeice Trust
 

This independent educational charity has launched a Nuclear Marine Engineering course for 13- and 14-year-olds. Getting to the heart of art.

Visit The Smallpeice Trust to find out more.

(Added 16 April 2008)

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The World's Biggest Lesson
 

The Global Campaign for Education is launching a campaign on 23 April, which highlights the fact that 72 million children worldwide are missing out on education.

Visit Send My Friend for more information.

(Added 16 April 2008)

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Safer Children in a Digital World: The Report of the Byron Review
 

On 27 March 2008 Dr Tanya Byron published the report of her review into the risks to children from harmful and inappropriate content on the internet and in video games.

The report and a children's summary is available at: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/byronreview/

The Government's response, accepting all of Dr Byron's recommendations is available at: http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2008_0059

(Added 31 March 2008)

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Shine Festival
 

SHINE "Celebrating the talent in everyone"
National Schools Festival June 30th-July 4th

This summer, Shine will provide a national platform for schools to showcase the talents and positive contributions of their pupils. To be part of the first Shine festival and join this national campaign, schools can schedule special events and celebrations to fit within the festival week and in addition can have a school profile within the shine website to illustrate the talents of their students.

We can help by sending schools a creative kit of ideas and resources, such as poster blanks, certificates, stickers as well as assisting with publicity and providing guidelines enabling students to upload their good work on to the Shine website. We are aiming for a strong media presence across the country, both regionally and nationally with the endorsement and support of the Prime Minister, Government Ministers and leaders in business, the arts and the creative industries.

[full details]

(Added 14 March 2008)

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Consultation on Statutory Orders - new secondary curriculum
 

Section 96 of the Education Act 2002 requires the Secretary of State to publish draft Orders and regulations, along with any associated documents, prior to laying new Statutory Orders before Parliament.

The Secretary of State now proposes to make Orders to bring about changes to programmes of study for the Secondary National Curriculum from September 2008.

Hard copies of the programmes of study were sent to schools and Local Authorities in August 2007 in the form of a new curriculum handbook. They are also available online at http://curriculum.qca.org.uk/.

[full details]

(Added 10 March 2008)

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Assessment for learning
 

The assessment for learning section within the Primary Framework area contains materials to help you use the Primary Framework to develop assessment for learning in your school. The materials draw heavily from Excellence and Enjoyment: Learning and teaching in the primary years and have been updated and repurposed for the Primary Framework.

The assessing pupils' progress (APP) section contains all the guidance, materials and resources you need to support you in assessing children's progress in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2.

The standards files for reading, writing and mathematics contain examples of children's ongoing classroom work which have been assessed to exemplify the APP approach and show national standards.

Visit assessment for learning at the following URL: http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/primaryframework/assessment/

(Added 05 February 2008)

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The Children's Plan
 

The Government wants to make this country the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up. The Children's Plan sets out how the Department for Children, Schools and Families is going to achieve that – by putting the needs of families, children and young people at the centre of everything we do.

For more information and to download the Children's Plan, please visit http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/publications/childrensplan/

(Added 11 December 2007)

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New Department for Children, Schools and Families
 

Ed Balls has been appointed Secretary of State at the new Department for Children, Schools and Families. This new department will bring together all aspects of policy affecting children and young people.

For more information visit http://www.dfes.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2007_0118 (this link opens in a new window).

(Added 29 June 2007)

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Anti-social and crime damage webcast:
 

Operation Mullion, 16 Feb, at 3 p.m.
A case study into antisocial behaviour and crime damage, TeacherNet interviews Jackie Jones, Deputy Head, Mayfield School, Portsmouth and Stephen Hawkins, Police Constable and Neighbourhood Officer, Hampshire Constabulary.

Visit www.teachernet.gov.uk/community (this link opens in a new window).

(Added 25 January 2007)

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Trust School Early Adopters scheme
 

Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, today announced further support for Trust School Early Adopters.

Any primary, secondary or special school that is interested in becoming a Trust school can apply for the 'early adopter' programme. Schools will be eligible for a small amount of funding (up to a maximum of £10,000) to assist with set-up costs that they may incur when going through the process to acquire a Trust.

Schools will also benefit from a high level of support from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and the Youth Sport Trust (YST) as well as having access to a toolkit and model documentation which is currently being tested by Trust School pathfinders.

Further information and an application form is available to download from the SSAT's dedicated Trust schools website at http://trustschools.ssatrust.org.uk (this link opens in a new window).

(Added 30 November 2006)

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Assessing pupils' progress in English
 

Assessing pupils' progress in English is a new area for teachers, containing all the resources you need to support you in assessing pupil progress (APP) in reading and writing at Key Stage 3.

The website can be accessed via the following URL:
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/secondary/keystage3/respub/englishpubs/ass_eng/

(Added 21 November 2006)

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Welcome to the EYFS consultation response
 

The Department’s response to public consultation on the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework has been published. Download the response

The consultation was launched on 5 May and ran until 28 July 2006 to seek views on the draft EYFS framework. From September 2008, the EYFS will be the phase of learning and development for children in the age range from birth to the end of the academic year in which they turn five (0-5). It will be implemented in all registered early years settings and maintained and independent schools.

These settings will be required to meet the learning, development and welfare requirements in the supporting EYFS package, and to have regard to the guidance associated with those requirements as appropriate.

This will ensure that all young children have access to an integrated learning and care experience that evidence shows enables them to achieve the best outcomes, and gives parents choice of a consistent quality offer whichever setting their child may be attending.

(Added 01 October 2006)

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Primary Framework renewed
 

The renewal of the Primary Framework for literacy and mathematics offers everyone involved in teaching children aged from 3 to 11 an opportunity to continue the progress made in raising standards by embedding the principles of both Every child matters: change for children (2004) and Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years (Ref: 0518-2004) into practice.

Visit the Primary Framework site: http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primaryframework

(Added 07 September 2006)

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Trust school pathfinders announced
 

Twenty eight Trust school pathfinder projects involving nearly fifty schools were today announced by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Alan Johnson.

Trust schools are foundation schools supported by a charitable foundation or "Trust". They will be able to employ their own staff, set their own admission arrangements and manage their own land and assets. Trust schools are about building long-term relationships with partners and/or other schools

For more information on what Trust schools are about and to see examples of pathfinder projects, please click here: http://findoutmore.dfes.gov.uk/2006/09/trust_schools.html

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(Added 07 September 2006)

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The Education and Inspections Bill 2006
 

The Education and Inspections Bill represents a major step forward in the Government's aim of ensuring that every child in every school in every community gets the education they need to enable them to fulfil their potential. The Bill gives local authorities an enhanced strategic role as champion of pupils and parents, with a duty to promote choice, diversity and high standards for every child. As the commissioner of school places, they will take all decisions relating to school organisation. All schools will be able to become Trust schools and acquire new freedoms, and there will be new safeguards allowing for a Trust and trustees to be removed in certain circumstances. There will be a strong voice for parents through Parent Councils. [full details]

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Jim Rose's final report on early reading is published
 

The Secretary of State asked Jim Rose, the former HMI Director of Inspection at Ofsted, to lead an independent review into the teaching of early reading, including the role played by synthetic phonics.

Ruth Kelly asked Mr Rose to provide an interim report by November 2005, and a final report by early 2006. The final report is now available, published on 20 March, on the Rose Review website. To see the press notice click here. A summary of the report can be viewed on the website, and the full final report is available to download (PDF 435 KB).

(Added 20 March 2006)

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