The National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) has suggested bursaries may be the answer to help boost diversity among headteachers. The proposal follows its ‘Ethnic diversity in the teaching workforce’ review, which found that 86% of schools in England in 2021-22 had an all-white senior leadership team [Schools Week].
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Alternative provision (AP) settings and pupil referral units (PRUs) are suffering from oversubscription and challenges around reintegrating pupils to mainstream schools. This ‘crisis’ follows rising exclusions, support service cuts and fears over worsening behaviour [Tes Magazine - subscription required].
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Cross-party education select committee calls for an end to single-word Ofsted judgements. Most in the sector still want ‘strong accountability’ in schools [BBC News].
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