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Multiplication Tables Check

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) will be available as a voluntary check at the end of this year (2018/2019) to all eligible Year 4 pupils. In 2019/2020 all schools will be required to implement the test. Now the department has published a document, Multiplication Tables Check Assessment Framework, to give guidance to those who are […]

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Academy changes

The DfE has published the document Making Significant Changes to an Open Academy and Closure by Mutual Agreement. It includes information about the changes that an Academy might make and the procedures it needs to follow if it does. Many small-scale changes can be carried out without consultation. However, there are some that affect clauses […]

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Bullying statistics

Bullying in England April 2013 to March 2018 contains some worrying statistics about the number of children who suffer from bullying. Vulnerable groups of students such as those with a long-term illness, living in deprived areas and who have been suspended or excluded, appeared to be most likely to report being bullied. The report distinguishes […]

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Mental health updates

As concerns continue about the mental health of pupils, the DfE has revised its guidance document Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools. The previous version was published in March 2016 and the new document is worth revisiting. Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools 2018 can be found at https://bit.ly/1qnxNSq. At the same time, a recent […]

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Speech and language concerns

It’s not the first time that professionals have raised the issue of a discrepancy between the need for speech, language and communication support and provision. The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has replied to the DfE’s response to the Bercow: Ten Years On report. One of the concerns it has raised is […]

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