School Improvement

Mental health issues in education – time to improve

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Mental health concerns within education have increased over the past few years. Concerning the recent SEND review and alternative provisions, what can be done to improve the situation and the negative stigma that surrounds certain APs?

3 main concerns that the SEND review highlighted are that children are making inadequate progress, families are dissatisfied with the situation and financially the situation isn’t sustainable.

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Why Early Intervention is Necessary in Schools

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The recent SEND review has highlighted how intervention within schools needs addressing. Can primary schools and parental involvement help support early intervention? 

The government has announced an additional £1 billion of investment in 2022-23, but the review has stated:

“Whilst future funding will need to take account of the increasing prevalence of children and young people with the most complex needs, this needs to be balanced with targeting spending more at strengthening early intervention.”

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4 tips on how to smash GCSE revision

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With GCSEs returning for the first time in three years, student revision must be done correctly, so how can this be done? Look at these 4 great tips.

The Guardian recently released a story highlighting how in the UK “close to 2 million teenagers will be gearing up for their exams”. It suggested how students should start revising over Easter to get ahead and avoid stress before exams start.

So, here are 4 tips that could help with revision over Easter and beyond:

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Exam topics 2022 released – How will they go?

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With the release of this summer’s exam topics swiftly upon us, are you and your students fully prepared for them? Here’s some advice for you and your students, who may be absent, and what to expect this summer.

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Changes and cancellations hit exams in Scotland

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Exams in Scotland are to be adjusted or cancelled in 2021, the Education Secretary has announced.

The biggest announcement has seen National 5 exams cancelled and replaced with teacher assessments and coursework.

John Swinney said it was likely students would face disruption and that the Covid-19 pandemic was “too big a risk“.

Here is what you need to know.

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Catch-up sessions for holiday

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Parents can be fined for taking children on holiday during term time without the school’s permission because children miss valuable learning. For students who are absent, catch-up lessons for holiday learning time are vital to get them back on track. 

The UK Government states:

You have to get permission from the headteacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. And you can only do this if:

  • You make an application to the headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • There are exceptional circumstances
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