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In the news: your weekly round-up

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Second round of strikes begin. Industrial action taken by the National Education Union (NEU) leads to school closures or partial closures, as ASCL joins other unions in planning ballots for the autumn term [BBC News]. Use our strike FAQs to remind yourself of your school’s requirements, rights and options on strike days.

Pupil mental health issues and anxiety leading to school absences, warn councils. Evidence submitted to the Commons education select committee also highlights reduced budgets for support staff needed to help pupils [The Guardian - free registration required]. Understand your role in helping to improve attendance in your school.

Applications for initial teacher training (ITT) fall, leading to concerns about shortages. Primary applications fall by a fifth, with unions warning educational outcomes may also fall as a result [Tes Magazine - registration required]. If your school finds itself needing to restructure for fewer teachers, read our tips on how you can support your headteacher through the process.

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Dates for next week

Monday 1  May - May Day Bank Holiday

Tuesday 2 May - Key Stage 1 test period begins

Tuesday 2 May - World Asthma Day

Wednesday 3 May - Bike and Roll to School Day

Wednesday 3 May - World Press Freedom Day


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