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Daily News Summary
6 July 2022

image Michelle Donelan promoted to education secretary following a series of government resignations
image SATs results fall to record low following the pandemic
image Children's commissioner to investigate "horrendous" sex education materials
image Religious freedom must be embedded in school culture, says Prince Charles
image 'If beef is too expensive schools should feed children venison instead'

Michelle Donelan promoted to education secretary following a series of government resignations

 

Ex-education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed the new chancellor, and the former universities minister, Michelle Donelan, has been promoted to education secretary following a series of government resignations. By Joshua Nevett, BBC News.

Children’s minister Will Quince has also resigned from government after saying he had “repeated assurances on Monday to the media which have now been found to be inaccurate” on the Chris Pincher controversy. By Callum Mason, Tes.

Schools minister Robin Walker has resigned from his position at the Department for Education, leaving a third vacancy within the ministerial team. By Samantha Booth and Tom Belger, Schools Week.

 

SATs results fall to record low following the pandemic

 

Pupils' SATs results have seen a record fall in the wake of the pandemic, with only 59 per cent of pupils in England meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths this year compared with 65 per cent in 2019. By Louisa Clarence-Smith and Alex Clark, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Children's commissioner to investigate "horrendous" sex education materials

 

Dame Rachel de Souza, the children's commissioner, has told the Commons Education Committee that she will be looking into the teaching of relationships and sex education (RSE) after learning of “horrendous” examples of sex education materials used in schools. By James Beal, The Times.

Journalist Allison Pearson writes in The Telegraph arguing: "The Government needs to conduct a full review into what schools are teaching children on sex and gender and compel them to show the material to parents."

 

Religious freedom must be embedded in school culture, says Prince Charles

 

In a pre-recorded video statement Prince Charles told the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief that religious freedom should be embedded in school culture or we could face a “totalitarian society”. By Gabriella Swerling, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

'If beef is too expensive schools should feed children venison instead'

 

Author and columnist Jamie Blackett writes in The Telegraph suggesting that if schools cannot afford beef they should offer children venison instead.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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