When the Prime Minister launched the Augar Review in February last year, she said: “The aim of education policy should be to provide the right education for every child…for some children that will be an education that is firmly based in learning practical and vocational skills. For others, it will be an education based on academic excellence.”
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Teacher, Mrs Paula Crocker, commented: “We are thrilled to have secured a grant of £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund which will help towards the purchase of much needed new windows and fire doors for the school’s swimming pool.”
The long-awaited Timpson Review of School Exclusion was published last week. The review puts forth a number of worthwhile recommendations, including plans to hold schools accountable for the outcomes of children they exclude, greater local authority oversight of pupil movement, improvements to alternative provision (AP) and proposals to tackle off-rolling.
There are now over 700 Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in England and 50% of children are being taught within a MAT structure. MATs are now the large incumbent; the majority player. But opinions remain divided.
It is a critical time for MATs. The approaches and structures of the early days are too often failing to meet the challenges the sector now faces. We need a new phase of MAT leadership.
"We know one of the biggest barriers to innovative curriculum thinking has been a fear of falling foul of Ofsted and the experience of some of the first free school inspections confirmed this.
The central conclusion of the report saw solutions based in encouraging inclusion methods within mainstream schools as a way of tackling consequences of exclusion such as poor GCSE grades and risks of gang violence. Although this will lead to a reduction in the overall exclusion figures, vulnerable children may not be receiving the support they require remaining in mainstream schools.
"The obvious conclusion to draw from the Timpson Review is that we need more high-quality alternative provision places, and we need them now. Too many young people who have been excluded have been consigned to provision that is not even inspected by Ofsted or to see if it meets basic safety standards – around 20,000 young people who have left mainstream schools.