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Daily News Summary
12 May 2022

image Nadhim Zahawi outlines the changes to education under new Schools Bill
image Over half of teachers would use online assessments if they were available, survey suggests
image Engineering and health and social care BTECs set to be scrapped as part of the transition to T-levels
image 'Ministers should buy places at boarding schools up at a discount and offer them to bright children growing up in care'
image DfE pledges further £7m for school mental health lead training
image 'Vulnerable boys will miss out on male role models if the number of male teachers continues to fall'
image NSPCC records a rise in peer-on-peer abuse among young people
image Tutoring league tables will not be used as "a stick to beat people with", says DfE

Nadhim Zahawi outlines the changes to education under new Schools Bill

 

Writing in The Telegraph, Nadhim Zahawi, the education secretary, outlines his vision for the future of education and sets out the changes coming into effect under the new Schools Bill. Mr Zahawi said: "My mission is to make sure all children get a fantastic education and every chance to make the most of their abilities."

 
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The Telegraph

Over half of teachers would use online assessments if they were available, survey suggests

 

A survey by exam board Pearson Edexcel has found that 51 per cent of teachers would use onscreen assessment if it were available in their subject area, while 77 per cent said they would like more technology to be used in teaching and exams. Tes.

 
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Tes

Engineering and health and social care BTECs set to be scrapped as part of the transition to T-levels

 

BBC News reports on plans to withdraw funding for BTECs in engineering and health and social care in England as part of a move to T-level technical qualifications. The courses are part of a draft list of 160 qualifications the Government says overlap with the new T-levels. By Hazel Shearing, BBC News.

 
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BBC

'Ministers should buy places at boarding schools up at a discount and offer them to bright children growing up in care'

 

Frank Young, editorial director at the Civitas think tank, writes in The Telegraph arguing for “radical schools reform”, saying ministers should buy places at boarding schools “up at a discount and offer them to bright children growing up in care”.

 
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The Telegraph

DfE pledges further £7m for school mental health lead training

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a further £7 million to support training for school mental health leads, bringing the total amount being spent on the training programme during the 2022-2023 financial year to £10 million. By Matilda Martin, Tes.

 
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Tes

'Vulnerable boys will miss out on male role models if the number of male teachers continues to fall'

 

Dr Joshua Fullard, an academic at Essex’s Institute for Social and Economic Research, has warned of "the potential effects on low-achieving boys who don’t necessarily have positive male role models", after research he co-authored found that the proportion of male teachers in England’s secondary schools will “almost certainly” fall further after having already hit a record low. By Will Hazell, iNews.

 
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iNews

NSPCC records a rise in peer-on-peer abuse among young people

 

Calls to the NSPCC helpline about harmful sexual behaviour between young people increased by 29 per cent over the last year, prompting the charity to say that the relationship and sex education curriculum in schools needs to be properly resourced. The Department for Education has said it is producing new guidance this year to help schools teach topics such as sexual abuse and harassment. By Vanessa Clarke, BBC News.

 
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BBC

Tutoring league tables will not be used as "a stick to beat people with", says DfE

 

According to Schools Week, Susan Acland-Hood, permanent secretary at the Department for Education (DfE), said that tutoring league tables will not be used as a “stick to beat people with”, after ministers set out plans to publish data on schools’ usage of the National Tutoring Programme. By Freddie Whittaker.

 
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Schools Week

 

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