MPs call on government to create a mental health absence code. There are also calls for a full review of mental health services, CAMHs, to combat soaring waiting lists. The Parliamentary education committee’s recommendations to tackle absence rates include mandatory daily attendance data collection [Schools Week].
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Prime Minister considering major reform of A-levels. Proposed changes include replacing A-levels with a new ‘British baccalaureate’, which could include the compulsory study of maths and English up to the age of 18 [BBC News].
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Notable rise in number of Ofsted reports amended following formal complaints. After mounting criticism over its response to complaints, consultation has taken place over its complaints process [Tes magazine - registration required].
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Friday 29 September - Sukkot begins at sunset
Sunday 1 October - Black History Month begins
Wednesday 4 October - Walk and Roll to School Day
Wednesday 4 October - World Space Week begins
Thursday 5 October - World Teachers’ Day
Thursday 5 October - Autumn school census day