May 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues
I hope that you have had a good start to the Summer Term and are looking forward to your half-term break. There have been a number of publications recently which I thought you might be interested in. I also wanted to update you on the refreshed FLSE website.
FLSE Website
The FLSE website has been refreshed – https://flse.sendforum.org/.
The resources page has been updated and additional content will be added as and when it i9s available.  If you have any resources that you find helpful or useful please let me know and I will share with colleagues. We are also happy to advertise events or job vacancies on the site.
Ofsted’s new inspection arrangements to focus on curriculum, behaviour and development
This morning (14th May) Ofsted published their new inspection frameworks. From September 2019, Ofsted will refocus inspections of schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to make sure that learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success.
Ofsted inspectors will spend less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a nursery, school, college or other education provider has achieved their results. That is, whether they are the outcome of a broad, rich curriculum and real learning, or of teaching to the test and exam cramming.
Education inspection framework 2019: a report on the responses to the consultation
Ofsted have also published the responses to the consultation.  They received more than 15,000 responses to the consultation. This included almost 11,000 responses to the online questionnaire, more than 600 responses by email and post, and more than 4,000 responses as a result of a campaign by YoungMinds.
Changes to assessments in primary schools
All state-funded primary schools with a reception cohort (year group) will need to carry out the reception baseline assessment (RBA). The RBA is scheduled for introduction in September 2020.
Over 9,600 schools are participating in the reception baseline assessment (RBA) pilot in autumn 2019.
Schools will no longer have to carry out key stage 1 (KS1) assessments from September 2022, following the scheduled statutory introduction of the RBA.
The Timpson Review of School Exclusion
The Timpson Review published on 7th May makes 30 recommendations to Government as it highlights variation in exclusions practice across different schools, local authorities and certain groups of children. The report concludes that while there is no optimal number of exclusions, there needs to be action to ensure permanent exclusions are only used as a last resort, where nothing else will do.
Vulnerable groups of children are more likely to be excluded, with 78% of permanent exclusions issued to children who had special educational needs (SEN), or classified as in need or eligible for free school meals.
The Timpson Review of School Exclusion: Government Response
The Government’s response includes four key commitments:
  1. We will always support head teachers to maintain safe and orderly environments for the benefit of all pupils and staff in their schools;
  2. We will support schools and their partners to put in place effective interventions to give pupils at risk of exclusion the best chance to succeed
  3. We will provide greater clarity for school leaders about when and how it is appropriate for children to be removed from their school, and make sure there is sufficient oversight when pupils move around the education system; and
  4. We will support schools and providers of alternative provision so that pupils who have been excluded from school continue to benefit from high quality education
 Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education
The DfE is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education. They have produced a series of questions and answers to support schools in implementing these.
Exploring the issue of off-rolling – YouGov on behalf of Ofsted
Off-rolling is the practice of removing a pupil from the school roll without a formal, permanent exclusion or by encouraging a parent to remove their child from the school roll, when the removal is primarily in the interests of the school rather than in the best interests of the pupil.
This survey looked at the views of 1,018 teaching professionals from primary and secondary schools across England.
Provision for children and young people with SEND and those who need alternative provision: how the financial arrangements work
The DfE is inviting individuals and organisations to consider how the SEND and AP financial arrangements in England could be improved to help local authorities, schools, colleges and other providers in supporting children and young people:
  • with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • who require alternative provision (AP) or are at risk of exclusion from school
They welcome views on changes to the funding system that could help in getting the best value from the resources available.
Closing date is 31st July 2019
Beyond System design – addressing the operational leadership challenges – Browne Jabobson
Browne Jacobson recently hosted a round table event – this event set out to explore:
  • What is the leadership challenge facing the sector and how should the sector respond to it?
  • What the sector should be doing to build trust so that it can be trusted to hold itself to account within a self-improving school-led system
Ofsted/CQC Local Area Inspections Update
There have currently been 87 local area inspections with 43 having to produce a Written Statement of Action (WSoA)– almost 50%. Of the eight inspections carried out in 2019, six were required to produce a WSoA – this is five years after the SEND reforms were introduced.
Events
Communication Works – Thursday 23rd May – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cenmac’s annual Assistive Technology event that showcases new and emerging technologies for communication, access and inclusion will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019. There will be seminars, workshops and speakers plus our hall of exhibitors.
Charlton Park Academy, Charlton Park Road, London SE7 8HX
FLSE East Annual Conference
20th – 21st June 2019
“Innovation In Special Schools Working Differently – Making A Difference”
Venue:  Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre  – Robinson Suite
For further information and booking form: https://flse.sendforum.org/latest-news/

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