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Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools – Commons Education Committee

March 25, 2015

The House of Commons Education Committee has reported on Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) . The key recommendation is that these subjects should be compulsory in schools. This briefing looks at the report and other recent publications on the subject.


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Deregulation Bill

June 17, 2014

* A Deregulation Bill is making progress through both Houses of Parliament proposing a wide range of measures to reduce burdens on businesses, voluntary organisations and public bodies. * The scope of the legislation takes in health and safety, apprenticeships and employment law, company and insolvency law, rights of way,…


Reform of the National Curriculum in England: DfE consultation

March 1, 2013

This briefing is based on the DfE consultation Reform of the National Curriculum in England. This is accompanied by The National Curriculum in England: Framework document for consultation which sets out the statutory elements of the National Curriculum and the proposed programmes of study for all National Curriculum subjects at…


How can we encourage good schools to expand? DfE research

January 24, 2013

This briefing draws attention to the publication of a report available from the DfE research website: How can we encourage good schools to expand? The research project was commissioned to explore how well the ‘market’ in education is working. More specifically, it approaches this question by trying to establish whether…


Governance of Maintained Schools: Recent Regulations and Guidance

January 21, 2013

Contains briefing about DfE advice and guidance related to new regulations on the composition of maintained school governing bodies, namely: • Guidance on the School Governance Constitution Regulations 2012 • Advice on the School Governance Federations Regulations 2012 • Advice about the establishment and governance of new maintained schools relating…



Competition Meets Collaboration: Policy Exchange Report

November 21, 2012

The think tank Policy Exchange has recently published a report, Competition Meets Collaboration: helping school chains address England’s long tail of educational failure, written by James O’Shaughnessy (previously Director of Policy to Prime Minister David Cameron). It suggests that the academy programme has been effective in raising standards, but ‘a…


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Take part in our annual winter comms survey

November 5, 2012 by Rob Dale

It’s November and the weather is miserable. Icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents will rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an expectation for this data to be real time. So what…


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Are we sleepwalking into a centralised education system?

September 19, 2012 by Laurie Thraves

Research carried out by the LGiU in 2011 found that most secondary are expected to be academies or free schools by 2015. Ultimately, this could mean that up to 24,000 schools and governing bodies are accountable solely to the Secretary of State. Conversions to academy status, according to new data…


The Missing Middle: The Case for School Commissioners – RSA Report

August 8, 2012

The RSA has published a report setting out the case for ‘school commissioners’ acting as an educational middle tier at regional/sub-regional level, working alongside a new independent regulatory body, with a radically slimmed-down DfE. This is the latest contribution to a series of papers, from a range of bodies, on…


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