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BBC News: Education

Schools told not to dismiss sexual harassment 'as banter'

The Women and Equalities Committee said new guidance was a "belated step in the right direction".

Primary league tables: Special-needs pupils struggle with new tests

Primary school league tables show pupils with special needs are dropping further behind their classmates.

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Giving youngsters too many takeaways is also criticised as a health risk by the researchers.

Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Theresa May confirms UK participation in student exchange will continue for a period after Brexit.

Schools warned over hackable heating systems

A researcher finds dozens of UK schools' smart heating systems are vulnerable to being attacked.

Vice chancellors' pay: Universities to sign new 'fair pay' code

University leaders have agreed to a new code on senior pay, which will be published in the next few weeks.

Wealthy students tighten grip on university places

Figures show the gap between poor and wealthy students going to university continues to widen.

Greening wants social mobility to 'unlock talent'

The education secretary promises £23m to help clever children in poor areas fulfil their potential.

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Department for Education

Official Statistics: LA and school expenditure: 2016 to 2017 financial year

Updated: Removed table 12 from 'Tables: SFR71/2017'.

A summary of data from the consistent financial reporting and S251 outturn surveys covering:

the income and expenditure of local-authority-maintained schools in England local authority spending on education services and children’s and young people’s services the latest position on school revenue balances

We identified an error affecting some schools in table 12 of this release. We have removed table 12 and will re-publish a corrected version in December 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Pupil and school finance data team

Telephone: Rose Paul 0114 274 2650

Guidance: Unique pupil numbers

Updated: Reviewed and updated the unique pupil numbers guide, this includes data protection changes needed in 2018.

The unique pupil number (UPN) is a 13-character code that identifies each pupil in the local-authority-maintained school system.

The guide is for schools and local authorities, and provides information on UPNs, including:

guidelines on maintaining UPNs data protection how to generate UPNs

The spreadsheet is a tool for generating UPNs.

Guidance: School census 2017 to 2018: guide for schools and LAs

Updated: Updated version of school census guide uploaded.

This guide will help schools and local authorities:

understand the purpose of the school census see the changes from the previous year’s census add the right level of data to their management information system update and maintain their data during the year complete the 2017 to 2018 school census data collections

This document should be used as a handbook for data collected for the purposes of the school census and stored in schools’ management information systems (MIS) throughout the year - not just as a guide for census days.

The business and technical specification is available.

More guidance on submitting school census data is also available.

Detailed guide: Leadership equality and diversity fund: for school-led progra...

Updated: Application round is now open.


Apply using the application form (ODT, 61.6KB)

You will also need to complete the separate cost matrix (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 31.4KB) .

An open document spreadsheet version of the cost matrix is also available cost matrix (ODS, 16.8KB) .

Please read the application guidance (PDF, 225KB, 18 pages) before applying.

The application round closes on Friday 9 February 2018 at midday.


The leadership equality and diversity fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers covered by at least one of the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010 progress into leadership. The protected characteristics are:

age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation

The fund reinforces the government’s commitment to increasing the diversity of school leadership and maximising the number of leaders available by raising aspirations and the chances of successful promotion among people with leadership potential.

The Department for Education invites lead schools to apply for grant funding in 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. Funding will be awarded to one lead school in each of the regional school commissioner (RSC) regions. Lead schools will be responsible for allocating funding to individual school-led projects and for co-ordinating the fund across their region. This should lead to greater national coverage and opportunities to scale-up best practice delivery models.

All projects must be designed and delivered by schools offering tailored leadership development activity to aspiring leaders from underrepresented groups, based on an audit of local needs.

Dates Activity Date Application round opened 15 December 2017 Application round closed Friday 9 February 2018 at midday Notification of outcomes End of spring term 2018 DfE led orientation meeting for lead schools Summer term 2018 Year 1 programme completion By end of summer term 2019 Year 2 programme completion By end of summer term 2020 Who can apply

Lead schools graded outstanding or good for overall effectiveness by Ofsted in their most recent inspection can apply for the fund. They must:

be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of school leadership in their region have the capability, capacity and infrastructure to administer grant funding, co-ordinate delivery and quality assure multiple school-led projects across their region Role and responsibilities of lead schools

Lead schools will be responsible for:

the effective, efficient and appropriate use of all grant funding they receive including guarding against fraud ensuring that all conditions of grant are met running a fair and transparent process to facilitate the allocation of funding to schools for the design and delivery of school-led projects, and running an audit of this ensuring that each project demonstrates need relating to one or more of the protected characteristic (where appropriate) ensuring maximum geographical coverage within their region, based on need, including in opportunity areas putting in place formal arrangements with each individual school delivering a project for example service level agreements or memorandum of understanding monitoring school-led project progress and ensuring delivery against milestones and key performance indicators (KPIs) supporting schools by building new, and/or working with established school networks across their region, and enabling the sharing of best practice supporting schools in negotiating any partnership agreement (including data handling, intellectual property for example) with strategic partners effective risks management putting appropriate quality assurance arrangements in place collecting and collating financial and performance information including progress against KPIs reporting to the Department for Education on all aspects of the programme, for example performance against KPIs, providing financial returns. Lead schools will be asked to report in writing once per term outlining the progress of all projects undertaking evaluation activities as requested by the Department for Education including issuing participant surveys to participants and collecting teacher reference numbers (TRNs) participating fully in any external evaluation commissioned by the Department for Education providing case studies as requested by the Department for Education

Lead schools will be expected to demonstrate a school contribution of 25% of the overall cost in the form of in-kind costs for good or services that are provided free of charge or that will not be paid for out of grant funding. For example, a bid of £100,000, should demonstrate an additional £25,000 worth of school or in-kind contributions.


£820,000 is available to fund projects in the academic year 2018 to 2019 and up to £1 million in 2019 to 2020. We anticipate this will fund a minimum of 1,800 participants at an average unit cost across each region of approximately £1,000.

Lead schools should apply for the amount of funding they will need to manage their proposed number of school led-projects in each year.

Contact us Equality and Diversity

Guidance: SLASC 2018: technical specification

Updated: Updated validation rules documents. The documents' version histories explain the changes.

This is technical information about submitting data for the school-level annual school census 2018.

It’s for:

suppliers of software for school management information systems (MIS) users of school MIS software

It applies to registered independent schools only.

The specification describes:

what data schools should supply how to structure the data in XML

Software suppliers should use the list of validation rules so that schools can validate the data they submit.

You should also read the common basic data set (CBDS). This defines common data items that schools use in MIS software and that we use in our data collections.

More guidance on submitting data for the school-level annual school census is available.

News story: £170m competition launched for new Institutes of Technology

Employers, education and training providers can now apply for a share of £170m to establish prestigious new Institutes of Technology (IoTs), which will specialise in delivering the higher level technical skills that employers need.

Today (15 December) the Department for Education has opened the application window for employers, Higher Education and Further Education providers to apply for multimillion-pound capital funding, as outlined by the Education Secretary at last month’s Skills Summit.

IoTs will see businesses and education and training providers working together to deliver provision to learners that is highly sought after by employers, in technical disciplines, particularly STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:

Institutes of technology will play a vital role driving our skills revolution with business and unlocking the potential of our country’s young people through better technical education. By bridging the country’s skills gaps, these new institutions will drive growth and widen opportunity.

This Government continues to invest in developing our homegrown talent so British business has the skills it needs and so that young people can get the opportunities they want.

These new institutions will help tackle the skills gap at a local, regional and national level and extend opportunity to thousands of people.

IoTs are just one of the skills reforms outlined by the Secretary of State on the 30 November at the Department for Education’s Skills Summit which brought together education experts and some of the country’s top employers to forge a new alliance to deliver a skills revolution.

Today we can confirm our aim to achieve a network of IoTs across the country. We expect the first IoTs will be open in 2019.

To apply register here

News story: Centenary Cities: 100 years of votes for women

Seven areas across England will benefit from a share of £1.2 million to fund projects in 2018 to mark 100 years since women were first allowed to vote, Minister for Women and Equalities Anne Milton has confirmed today (15 December).

To mark this milestone the government’s ‘Centenary Cities’ - Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and Nottingham - will all host a range of exciting projects to celebrate as well as remember those individuals who helped to make this happen.

Every area was chosen for its strong link to the women’s suffrage movement, from Manchester’s proud history as the home of the Pankhurst’s suffragette campaign to lesser known local heroes like Leicester’s shoe factory worker Alice Hawkins who was jailed five times in the fight for women’s votes.

The ‘Centenary Cities’ programme forms part of the government’s wider plans to promote this pivotal moment in history, including the addition of the first female statue in Parliament Square - Millicent Fawcett - due to be unveiled in 2018.

The initiatives and commemorations that will take place across the country next year also aim to help inspire and educate young people about UK democracy and its importance, as well as encourage more women to get into political and public life.

Minister for Women and Equalities Anne Milton said:

Less than 100 years ago, women could not vote and could not stand as candidates for Parliament. By remembering and celebrating those individuals who fought to get the right to vote we are continuing to push for all our political institutions to reflect women’s representation in society.

I want to congratulate all seven of our ‘Centenary Cities’ that have been recognised for their proud connection to the suffrage movement and look forward to hearing more about the projects they are planning next year.

News story: Minister meets top teaching graduates at University of Manchester

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb today (Thursday, 14 December) visited the University of Manchester to celebrate the graduation ceremony of new teacher trainees.

Over 100 graduates were honoured at the ceremony before the Schools Minister met with trainees, including Harriett Gaynor and Jonathan Shortman to hear first-hand about their teaching experiences. Following their discussion, the minister also had a tour of the university’s facilities.

The graduates are among around 32,000 teaching trainees who will graduate this year from universities across the country. Many of them will have benefitted from the government’s generous bursary scheme and other financial incentives to attract top-class graduates into the teaching profession.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:

It was a pleasure to meet so many talented graduates, whose enthusiasm reinforced my belief that great teachers can help ensure every young person reaches their potential.

It was recently confirmed that the number of teaching graduates holding a first-class degree is now at record levels. The quality of teachers entering our classrooms was evident at the graduation ceremony today.

“We want to build on this further and have introduced a number of measures to continue to attract the best and the brightest into the profession, including generous bursaries and the new student loan forgiveness pilot to ensure teachers are recruited in the subjects where they are most needed.”

Harriett Gaynor said:

I studied for a PGCE in Physics because I have a passion for science and I want to get that across to younger generations. The course leaders have been excellent, providing the support I needed throughout my time at Manchester. I chose the University of Manchester as it is one of the only places to offer to Physics SKE course which helped me to achieve my ambition of becoming a teacher.

Jonathan Shortman said:

I’ve graduated with a PGCE in Business Economics. I came into teaching to motivate young people to be inspired to get into business and economics. I’ve been supported by subject mentors in schools and staff at the university. The University of Manchester is one of the few universities to offer the specialist PGCE course I wanted to do. The vast majority of my cohort have secured employment within the PGCE year.

The Ministerial visit today follows the recent confirmation of a number of other government measures to recruit and retain more great teachers. This includes:

The commitment to invest £42million in a Teacher Development Premium pilot to enable teachers and leaders working in areas of greatest need to access high quality professional development, and drive school improvement; The introduction of the new, strengthened national professional qualifications, as well as a £10million fund to support teachers in the areas that need it most; Naming the projects that will receive a share of the £75 million Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund. These projects will help provide tailored training opportunities for teachers on both managing challenging pupil behaviour and developing leadership, so they can make the most of their talent in the classroom.

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Education Guardian

Morecambe MP stirs row after doubting poverty claims by local schools

Conservative MP David Morris questions stories of rickets and hungry children, saying claims are from schools ‘with links to leftwing group Momentum’

A row is brewing between a Conservative MP and some of his Lancashire constituents after he suggested that claims by teachers about extreme poverty at local schools were untrue.

A report by ITV earl...

I spent half my student days in a chicken shop – it was just as worthwhile as...

There are more ways into broadcasting than your careers advisor will tell you. I started in an east London chicken place

At university I always felt like I was studying for two degrees. “You’d better not be submitting any of that Chicken Shack, Amelia,” my tutor would say during seminars, much to my embarrassment. Chicken Shop Date, as it’s prono...

A tool or a distraction? How UK schools' approaches to mobile phones vary widely

In France they’re banning devices from classrooms. But British students face a confusing web of different approaches depending on where they study

This week the French government announced a ban on students using mobile phones in schools, following through on a pledge made by Emmanuel Macron during his presidential election campaign.

The new law w...

Teaching gender equality can help tackle sexual harassment – here's how

Schools must encourage young people to question gender norms and behaviours, and ensure that sex education goes beyond biology

From Hollywood to Westminster, farming to tech, the #MeToo movement is drawing attention to widespread sexual harassment in society. Schools are no exception, with teachers and students affected.

In this context, discussi...

Two-year degrees leave a maturity gap – let's fill it with volunteering | Dav...

Students say they need a three-year degree to grow in maturity and transition to university. But could they do it through a year of volunteering instead?

David Reed is director of Generation Change

University education has hardly changed in 50 years: most three-year degree courses still resemble the public boarding model, where students move away ...

We want teachers to have their say on building better careers in education

As part of the government’s plan to improve social mobility through education, we’re launching a consultation on teacher career progression

Justine Greening is secretary of state for education

During a visit to Oakwood High School, my old comprehensive school in Rotherham, I was reminded of the role great teachers play in unlocking children’s tale...

Bullies have no place in academia – even if they're star scientists | Anonymo...

My bullying supervisor damaged my mental health. But when I stood up to him, I received no support from my university

I was awarded a prestigious fellowship in 2015 and moved my family across the country to take up a postdoctoral position at a world-class biomedical research institute. Little did I know that this seemingly invaluable opportunity...

Teachers warned not to dismiss sexual harassment as ‘banter’

New government guidelines for schools and colleges say pupils accused of sexual attacks should not share classrooms with victims

Combating sexual harassment and violence among pupils requires teachers to be vigilant on and offline, according to the government’s long-awaited guidelines for schools and colleges.

The advice covers responses to sexual...

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