After all, anyone who works in education has super-powers!
- To begin with we have a new Permanent Secretary, Chris Wormald, at the Department for Education.
- At the NAS Professional Conference Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services, reminded us that the response to the Education Green Paper consultation is due in the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see if what started out as a radical piece of legislation with its heart in the right place will have been watered down, and if there is clarification on funding in particular.
- Other recent news tells us that as of Feb 1st 2012 there are 1580 academies in England and Wales, 60+Free schools expected to open in 2012 and beyond, and Charlie Taylor who is always described as the Government’s behaviour guru (would that be behaviour of young people or the Government I am always tempted to ask?) has been discussing whether PRUs should move to academy status.
- On top of this has come all the news on GTC, NC and Ofsted updates and changes.
- Most recently has been the announcement of a £50 million summer schools fund to help the most disadvantaged pupils. The money will help up to 100,000 pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school, a time when Ofsted research shows performance can take a significant dip. From today, secondary schools can sign up for £500 for every disadvantaged pupil taking part in a two-week summer school. The money applies to all pupils transferring in to Year 7 who are on Free School Meals or have been in care for six months or more. Headteachers will be able to design and run summer schools, targeting pupils who will benefit the most.
- Finally AWR, which was causing us all such stress and created massive amounts of extra administration and paper work, seems to have had minimal effect with common sense generally prevailing and schools and candidates just wanting to do what is best for the youngsters they work with.