Department for Education

New GCSE Grades Will Put More Pressure On Stressed Out Students, Warn Teachers

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Changes to how GCSEs are graded will put more pressure on students and could limit their opportunities, teachers have warned. Under major reforms set...

Funding Cuts To Put Five Million School Kids 'At Risk' As Councils Can't Afford To Protect Them

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

School funding cuts will put almost five million children at risk, with councils unable to perform criminal record checks on staff and manage the risk...

Schools Face 'GCSE Crisis' As Just One In Ten Students Pass Maths And English Resits

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Nine in ten pupils who fail GCSE maths and English aged 16 will still not have passed three years on, despite rules that they must resit the exams. A...

This Is What Compulsory Relationship Education Will Mean For Primary Schools

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents

Sex and relationships education has now been made compulsory in all schools in England, education secretary Justine Greening announced today (Wednesda...

Sex And Relationships Education Becomes Compulsory For All In Huge Curriculum Shake Up

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Sex and relationships education is to become compulsory for all school children in England, the education secretary announced on Wednesday. In a much...

Education Minister Accidentally Asks Lords To Visit His 'Web-Shite'

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics

whoops pic.twitter.com/sRiwU7eWqX— Esther Webber (@estwebber) February 27, 2017 Conservative schools minister Lord Nash accidentally told pee...

Schools And Mental Health; Ways Forward

Professor Miranda Wolpert | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Professor Miranda Wolpert

This New Year, Theresa May PM said: 'For too long mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in our country' and announced that the government will support pilots of new approaches in response. Schools are a key part of that response.

New Tests For 5-Year-Olds Being Considered By The Department For Education

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents

British primary schoolchildren could be involved in a trail for a new series of tests for five-year-olds. Evidence of the pilot scheme was reportedly ...

Protecting Pupils' Hearts And Minds

Claire Stead | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Moreover, by being able to intelligently monitor keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, documents and messaging apps, schools can create smart and safe profiles of its pupils.

Schools 'Will Lose Children's Mental Health Support'

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics

Schools are cutting back on counsellors as a result of steep Government cuts, headteachers told MPs on Monday. Slashed budgets will hit the most emoti...

MPs Vote Against Compulsory Sex And Relationships Education

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A parliamentary committee has voted against legislation that would make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in schools- despite the fact ...

What Will Theresa May's Legacy Be for Increasing the Employability of Our Young People?

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Our work seamlessly brings together schools and employers to deliver young people pre-employment programmes as part of the curriculum and meaningful work experience. We want to see the Government creating the environment for an open-dialogue between schools and employers. Only with this, will young people have the opportunities to succeed in roles that suit them.

LGBT+ Inclusion in Education Saves Lives and Must Be Funded

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

Three million pounds can never replace the countless nameless souls we have lost, both in the UK and around the world since formal education began, whose lives were terminally compromised by prejudice, discrimination and hate. It is to these people that I wish to dedicate my recent awards and honours, in addition to everyone who has invited me along to speak or supported my work.

Pupil Premium Awards - Celebrating Our Schools' Success in Helping Disadvantaged Pupils

Sam Gyimah | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Gyimah

Today I have the pleasure of attending the Pupil Premium Awards 2016, and celebrating those schools which have found the most effective ways of using ...

Humanists Hail Victory As Government Overruled By High Court Judge. Again.

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Humanists are celebrating a "landmark" legal victory in their fight with the government over a GCSE Religious Studies (RS) teaching they say would pri...

Kids Company Received Cash Because It Lobbied Cameron Directly - Ex-Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK

Kids Company was given government money because its colourful founder lobbied David Cameron directly, an ex-minister has said, after it was revealed t...

Children's Homes Need a Prime Minister That Is Crazy About Them

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

After the Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference Looked After Children are now, truly, Children in Care, in the care of all of us. To name the scandal of the social exclusion of Children in Care was a brave and necessary thing.

New Minister for Children a Constant Champion for Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is anticipatory of the new Minister for Children being the constant champion for the children's homes.

Who Is Really Running The Department For Education?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics

Michael Gove still plays a leading role in shaping the Government's education policy, the Schools Minister has claimed. David Laws said the Conserv...

Sex Education 'Should Be Compulsory For Primary Schools'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

The government has been been sharply criticised for a steep decline in standards of sex education by an influential Commons committee, which has recom...

Proposed Quality Standards for Children's Homes Neither Out Far Nor in Deep

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

What is needed are standards that capture the essence of residential child care experiences. Robert Frost repeatedly returned to consider liberty and individualism describing freedom as 'feeling easy in your harness.'

Be the Voice for Abused Children

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Doubt and fear of getting it wrong must play on people's minds even if they are worried. Often there are no obvious, physical signs of neglect. But if a child you know shows signs of not being fed or clothed properly, is missing school a lot or is left unsupervised and alone inappropriately for their age, we urge people to alert the professionals. I remember speaking to Claire [not her real name], one of our many fantastic foster carers. She has been looking after a 15-year-old boy who came into her care about two years ago, having suffered years of neglect. She spoke of how he looked like an 'eight-year-old' because he had been so badly underfed...

The Small Voice Is Often the One We Need to Hear Loudest

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Just as an unintended consequence of Scottish independence no matter the result will be a redrawing of the way all countries of these islands are governed so too English children's services needs a redrawing of values and ethics, policy and practice.

Insightful Government-Backed Advice For Couples Includes Making A Cup Of Tea

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

A government-funded scheme advising couples to save their relationship by making make each other cups of tea, or occasionally meeting for lunch, has b...

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.