The Introduction of cultural capital within the Ofsted Inspection Framework

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“Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language” Raymond Williams, 1983. Cultural capital, a famous sociological term, has recently made an unusual entrance into the Ofsted vocabulary. Ofsted introduced the term in their new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), their School inspection Handbook, and the Early Years inspection handbook, implemented from September 2019-onward. In …

Parental Engagement in Schools

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“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the involvement of parents.” Jane D. Hull The association between parental engagement and a child’s academic success is well-established and there is a long history of research into parental engagement programmes. Parent/carer engagement is important because working together (with mothers, fathers and carers) has been …

Are EHCPs the most effective way of meeting pupils’ needs?

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The Heads’ Roundtable, a high-profile group of Headteachers from across the UK, has called for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to be “scrapped” after a report was released by the House of Commons Education Select Committee in October, which looked at the impact and implementation of the 2014 SEND reforms. The report followed an 18-month inquiry into Government reforms, aimed …

Evaluating your Provision’s Curriculum and Resources with your Budget in Mind

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In the last year there has been a strong effort to integrate curricula with financial planning in schools and trusts across the country. Organisations across the sector are looking to meet the needs of their pupils in a cost-effective manner as budgets become more constrained. Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning (ICFP) evaluations were first introduced as mandatory components for some Department …

A New Proposal: Individual Education Budgets

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On 19th February 2018, Theresa May’s announcement of post-18 education reviews in the forthcoming year stirred debate surrounding potential reforms for an improved tertiary system that aligns with the Prime Minister’s vision of a versatile, accessible and forward-looking post-18 education system that offers better value for money. Amidst calls for cuts in tuition fees and the reintroduction of maintenance grants[1], …

Department for Education announces £33.5 Million to support school improvement

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DfE announced on 19th July 2019 that there will be new funding to encourage multi academy trusts to develop and to boost school improvement. The initial information indicates that high-performing academy trusts will be encouraged to grow and support more schools across England. The scheme is supported by £17 million of funding, as confirmed by Education Secretary, Damian Hinds. Most …

Wave 2 SEND Free Schools

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DfE announced the successful Expressions of Interest for Wave 2 of the SEND Free Schools Programme on 11th March. Here is a list of all the successful bids with headline details. For more information, please contact Tom Legge on 07951 858666 or tom@premieradvisory.co.uk Bexley Social and emotional mental health and autism spectrum disorder Bromley Autism spectrum disorder Bury Autism spectrum …

Study of early education and development (SEED) and the 30 hours childcare offer

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Recent findings from the study of early education and development (SEED) emphasise the benefits of attending formal early childhood education and care (ECEC), from 2 years to 4 years, on children’s cognitive outcomes at age 4. According to the 2018 SEED report titled ‘Impact Study on Early Education Use and Child Outcomes up to age four years,’ more time in …

British history curriculum – what is being taught?

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The British Isles have a rich history. Britain has seen an industrial revolution, the rise of democracy, and government transform from a feudal system reliant on exploitation to carrying the responsibility to govern for the good of the people it represents. For many, a crowning achievement of this country was to stop the advance of Nazi Germany across Europe, thwarting …

DfE Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

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Anyone who’s been in the education sector for a while will nod along appreciatively with DfE’s new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy.  The DfE seems to be finally on board with what education research and education practitioners have been saying for a long while: Competent and supported teachers and headteachers are what make education excellent for all students. From a …