Burnout warning as school staff take on extra support work. Teachers and support staff are increasingly providing social, wellbeing and healthcare support for pupils, amid shortage of social services and nurses in schools [Schools Week and Tes Magazine - registration required]. Find out what staff wellbeing initiatives look like in practice, and how you can monitor their impact.
Experts call for better training to help teachers deliver relationships and sex education (RSE). The Commons women and equalities committee also heard that schools need more support to deliver topics around power imbalances, pornography and self harm [The Guardian - free registration required]. Understand your responsibilities for monitoring RSE, and find out what questions to ask to challenge your school leaders.
Research reveals the cost of sending children to school for low-income families. The Child Poverty Action group found that costs including lunches, uniform and transport add up to £19 a week at state-funded primary schools, and £39 a week at secondary schools [The Guardian - free registration required]. Take a look at our guidance on supporting your school through the cost-of-living crisis.
Schools doing too many “unnecessary” mock tests, says DfE [Schools Week]
Wednesday 17 May - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Thursday 18 May - International Museum Day
Thursday 18 May - School Census Day
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