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A third of schools start GCSEs in year nine, and 10 other things we learned from the DfE’s school snapshot survey 2017

An extensive survey of hundreds of school leaders and teachers has been published by the government, six months after it was completed. The Department for Education’s school snapshot survey: winter 2017 interviewed 800 senior leaders and 909 classroom teachers between November 6 2017 and January 17 2018. Here are some of the most important findings.  

DfE publishes delayed ‘workload reduction toolkit’

The Department for Education has finally published its “workload reduction toolkit”, the day after most schools broke up for the summer. Ministers had pledged to release the resources – aimed at helping schools reduce unnecessary workload for their teachers – in the spring, but have only just published them this morning. The toolkit, which was

Out-of-date pregnancy guidance isn’t helping schools, say critics

A worrying lack of up-to-date guidance on how to ensure pregnant pupils continue their education is fuelling a rise in the use of alternative provision for those expecting a baby. The government claims five-year-old advice on how to deal with pupils with “health needs” – which makes no specific mention of pregnancy – is good

Tauheedul renames itself ‘Star’ as it expands into non-faith provision

A successful multi-academy trust known for its stewardship of Muslim faith schools has ditched its branding after taking on a raft of non-religious schools. Tauheedul Education Trust has changed its name to Star Academies from this month, almost six years since its first school opened in September 2012. The change is meant to reflect the