The amount of approved special consideration requests also rose from 2.5 per cent of all assessments taken in 2016 to 3.1 per cent this year.

PIRLS ranks England joint eighth out of 50 countries, and among the highest-performing in Europe

A more supportive and collaborative approach to short inspections of good schools was announced by Ofsted to help "catch schools before they fall".

New Careers Strategy to help prepare young people

Tailored advice is set to be at the heart of a new Careers Strategy designed to make sure young people have the skills they need and employers want post-Brexit.

Using pins in schools for Christmas decorations could disturb asbestos

The Joint Union Asbestos Committee is warning that schools have an asbestos management plan in place when putting up Christmas decorations.

 Schools make late exam entry fee savings of over £1 million

Over £1 million has been saved by schools in exam entry fees last year as a result of entering more pupils on time.

Government to pledge £300m for school mental health staff

The government’s green paper is expected to include measures for mental health support in schools, including over £300 million for new support staff.

SMART Squad teaching resources launched to engage schools with energy efficiency

Smart Energy GB has launched a series of free dedicated teaching resources across Great Britain to help engage primary school pupils with smart meters and energy efficient behaviour.

Number of pupils given extra exam time increasing

The number of pupils being given 25 per cent extra time in GCSE and A Level exams because of a special need is rising.

 Low ability labels could have negative impact on pupils

New research, commissioned by the National Education Union (NEU), has found that using ‘ability’ groups takes place with children as young as three and that teachers worry that ‘low ability’ labels could have a lasting negative impact on children.

£45 million support for young people with SEND

A multi-million-pound package has been announced to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

GCSE English re-sits rise after first year of reforms

The amount of pupils re-taking the English language GCSE has increased by nearly a third in the first year of the newly reformed exams.

Teachers lack confidence assessing pupils, poll finds

According to a YouGov Poll, a fifth of teachers do not know where to look for information on assessment.

Greening hosts first Skills Summit to create a "country fit for the future"

Education secretary Justine Greening is holding the first Skills Summit today, 30 November and is expected to tell Britain’s top businesses that enlisting their support in training the next generation of highly skilled British workers is the key to creating a country fit for the future

Rachel Lofthouse, Professor of Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University

Schools and education organisations across the country have won a share of £50,000 from Leeds Beckett University to find out what really works to improve the lives of children and young people.

 Teaching pupils grammar does not improve writing, research suggests

There is a mismatch between government policy and techniques proven to work in the classroom, academics have revealed.

Inner city areas no longer worst performing areas for social mobility, report shows

The government’s Social mobility in Great Britain: fifth state of the nation report, shows that worst performing areas for social mobility are no longer inner city areas, but remote rural and coastal areas, and former industrial areas, especially in the Midlands.

Karen Robinson running the finish line

National School Meals Week (NSMW) took part 13-17 November and celebrated all that is great about school meals

Welsh schools to welcome Google for Education next year

Welsh education secretary Kirsty Williams has announced the roll-out of Google for Education which will enable teachers to have more choice of the digital tools they use.

Mayor plans to crack down on hot food takeaways near schools

In a bid to tackle childhood obesity, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan is planning to crack down on new hot food takeaways around schools.

 Ofqual begins consultation on revised arrangements for GCSE computer science

Exam regulator Ofqual has launched a consultation that proposes changes to non-exam assessment in GCSE computer science given evidence of widespread rule breaches.

Free online learning portal for teachers and students launched

Charity RedSTART has launched a free learning portal for primary and secondary schoolchildren and teachers.

Industrial strategy launched by government

The government has published its industrial strategy white paper which highlights five areas of which the UK needs to improve its performance.

Union NASUWT to cancel strike action following council letter

Teachers’ union NASUWT has agreed to withdraw its strike action, scheduled to take place on 30 November 2017.

 New appointment to the Welsh Education Workforce Council

Welsh education secretary Kirsty Willans has announced the appointment of Clare Jones’ to the Education Workforce Council (EWC).

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