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Do you know your free schools from your academies? Here’s our guide to secondary schools in England

Do you know your free schools from your academies? Here’s our guide to secondary schools in England
We've all been there – you know you should know how academies and free schools differ, but since it doesn't make the daily grind of planning, assessment and teaching any easier, you have never had a moment to get your head around it. Our latest instalment of the bite size policy digest gives you a brief overview of all the different types of second...
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Careers guidance in schools

Careers guidance in schools
Since September 2013, local authority maintained schools have been under a duty to provide impartial careers guidance to pupils from Years 8 to 13 (ages 12-18). The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance (most recently updated in March 2015) for maintained schools on their duty to provide careers guidance. The statutory dut...
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Pupil's mental health and cyberbullying

Pupil's mental health and cyberbullying
The Department for Education (DfE) says: 'children and young people's mental health is a priority for the Department and we recognise the importance of supporting parents and schools to help children use social media safely.' (17 October 2016). Information To provide information to parents (and teachers) who are concerned about mental health DfE fu...
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Financial Literacy Education

Financial Literacy Education
Financial literacy education became part of the National Curriculum for the first time in September 2014, as part of citizenship education in key stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16). The Citizenship programmes of study make provision for pupils in key stage 3 (aged 11- 14 years) to be taught about: the functions and uses of money the importance and practic...
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Progess 8 and Attainment 8: an overview

What are they? Up until 2016, all students and schools have been measured on how many good GCSE's they achieve at A*- C, including English and mathematics. In October 2013, the government announced that a new secondary school accountability system would be implemented from 2016. It would include two new headline measures, Attain...
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