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ISC Daily News Summary 12 May 2022

Nadhim Zahawi outlines the changes to education under new Schools Bill

Education policy

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."

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.

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

Further education

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.

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

Education policy

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”.

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

Mental health

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.

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

Recruitment and retention

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.

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

Child welfare

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.

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

General education

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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