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Almost 3 in 10 secondary pupils avoid school due to anxiety, according to a new survey. Stem4, a youth mental health charity, has called for more support in schools to counter “emotionally based school avoidance”, which they explain is different from truancy [The Guardian]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Find questions to ask pupils for insight into their wellbeing in our article about getting more out of your monitoring visits and learning walks


A coalition of charities that support LGTBQ+ youth have called for the proposed guidance on ‘gender questioning children’ to be withdrawn. The group describes the draft guidance as “exclusionary and unhelpful”, and have published guidance for those who want to respond to the government’s consultation [Tes Magazine - subscription required]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Understand your school’s legal responsibilities around supporting trans pupils, so you can make sure it’s compliant. 


Schools affected by the reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) crisis are now eligible for Ofsted inspection. Schools will still be able to defer the inspection if they wish [GOV.UK]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Use our checklists to stay Ofsted-ready as a governor and download our list of questions to feel confident answering queries that inspectors might ask governors.


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