The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a major national drive to improve school attendance. It promises to increase the number of attendance hubs to 32, and invest up to £15 million over 3 years to expand the attendance mentor pilot programme [GOV.UK].
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“Schools need help to protect pupils online” according to experts speaking to an MPs’ committee. Their recommendations include clearer guidance on digital literacy teaching and more teacher training, as well as more regulations on edtech in schools [Tes Magazine - registration required].
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Headteachers are considering refusing entry to Ofsted unless they see significant change. Sir Martyn Oliver, Ofsted’s new chief inspector, has promised mental health training for inspectors, as well as a review of inspections, but many heads have accused him of “hollow promises” [The Guardian].
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Monday 15 January – Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day
Thursday 18 January – Spring school census day