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Calls to scrap single-phrase Ofsted judgements rejected by DfE. There are “significant benefits from having an Ofsted overall effectiveness grade”, according to the DfE’s official response to the Parliamentary education committee [Schools Week]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Remind yourself what the current inspection framework means for your school, and monitor how your school is doing.

School suspensions set to reach record figures for a single year. Around 264,000 suspensions were recorded in spring 2023, the highest number on record for a single term and around a 75% increase on pre-pandemic figures for spring 2019, according to the latest data [BBC news]. 

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Get to grips with your procedures for sitting on a suspensions and exclusions panel.

75% of primary schools have seen a cut in teaching assistant (TAs) numbers. The proportion of schools cutting teaching staff, TAs and support staff have all increased this year, according to the annual Sutton Trust school funding survey [Schools Week].

Support from GovernorHub Knowledge: Find out what’s involved in the process for reorganising your school’s staffing structure, and what your role is.


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Schools Week

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BBC News


The Guardian 


The Independent


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