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Suspensions affect pupils’ chances at GCSE and leave them a year behind their peers. A recent study also found that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), mental health issues or who are repeatedly absent, were more likely to be suspended [The Guardian]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Be clear on how to review your suspension and permanent exclusion policy, and the questions to ask when you review it, to make sure your school is supporting the pupils who need it. 

Ofsted’s website is set to change to show each school’s component grades, not just the overall judgement. This is intended to help parents/carers compare providers more effectively, although unions have called for a more significant overhaul of the grading system [Schools Week]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Use our Ofsted glossary for governors to get up to speed with all the jargon used in the world of Ofsted. 

Exam board AQA is launching a free digital maths test to help teachers understand why pupils are struggling. The test is aimed at pupils in secondary schools, especially those looking to re-sit their maths GCSE [Schools Week]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Understand your role as a numeracy/maths link governor, and find questions you can ask maths subject leaders to challenge and support them.


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