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Health warning: positive Ofsted ratings may damage GCSE results.

Health warning: positive Ofsted ratings may damage GCSE results.

This is the shock finding of a study conducted by four universities and two thinktanks which found that parents with children in schools that have received a better-than-expected Ofsted report are much more likely to reduce how much they help their children with their homework. This, in turn, could have a damaging impact on their children’s GCSE results.

The researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex (ISER), the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the University of Sussex, University College London and the University of Bristol found that parents receiving good news about their children’s schools were around 20 percentage points more likely to reduce help with homework than those who did not.

“Our new research shows parent reactions to an Ofsted inspection are significant and meaningful,” said Professor Imran Rasul, from UCL and the Institute of Fiscal Studies. “They withdraw support for their children when they are happy the school is doing well. This might explain why research has found it hard to pinpoint the benefits of attending high-performing schools. More thought should be given to how information on school quality is given to parents, and how to prevent this from having an adverse impact on their children.”

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MPs call for more action on the Arts.

MPs have called on the government to take more responsibility to ensure schools provide the arts as part of a “broad and balanced curriculum”, rather than simply expecting them to do so.

In a new report that advocates for the inclusion of culture in the English Baccalaureate, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee – made up of cross-party MPs – also urged the government to come up with a “clear explanation” as to why it has rejected concerns that arts uptake in schools is declining, when so many organisations are arguing the opposite.

The committee said it was deeply concerned by the evidence it had heard from the sector surrounding the “downgrading” of arts in schools and that the government should take more action to make sure that children are getting access to culture in their education.

“The government has not shied away from a prescriptive approach to other facets of education policy, for example specifying which times tables primary school children need to learn,” it said.

The report comes as part of an inquiry by the committee into the social impact of participation in culture and sport, and is led by evidence given to the inquiry last year.

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Consultation on changes to pension scheme.

Today (15 May) the Department for Education is opening a consultation on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. This is the result of two 2017 Supreme Court rulings requiring minor changes to this scheme’s regulations, along with those of every other public sector pension scheme.

The changes will cover three areas:

  1. Providing civil partners and same-sex spouses with the same survivor pension rights as widows
  2. Removing the requirement for the completion of a nomination form for unmarried partner benefits; and
  3. Other small technical changes and clarifications to ensure that the scheme operates as intended

This consultation closes at 5pm on 25 June 2019

The consultation will run for six weeks and seek views from stakeholders on these changes, as per the requirements of the scheme.

Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards, said:

“These very important changes will make the Teachers’ Pension Scheme fairer for teachers and their spouses in same-sex marriages and civil partnerships, and will simplify the process for those in unmarried relationships.

“Over the next six weeks we will seek the views of a variety of stakeholders to ensure these changes properly meet our legal responsibilities, and I would urge all those involved to share their views.”

Following a valuation of public service schemes that happens every four years, last month (April) the government committed £940 million to protect state-funded schools and Further Education institutions from increasing employer contribution costs in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, which will remain among the most generous in the country.

The TPS is one of only eight pension schemes guaranteed by the Government; provides additional benefits linked to salary; is inflation-proof to offer teachers a secure retirement; and from September will offer a teacher earning £30,000 around £7,000 in employer contributions every year.

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Extra support for T'Level implementation.

The industry placement is a critical part of the T Level qualification giving young people the chance to gain vital hands on workplace experience in their chosen profession Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said today, as he unveils a new package of support for employers.

More than 200 businesses including leading firms like Fujitsu and GlaxoSmithKline, are already backing these landmark reforms – working with the Government to help design the new T Level course content so they provide young people with the skills industry value.

A unique part of a T Level will be the completion of a high-quality industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.

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universities must stamp out ant-Semitism.

Universities in the UK must do more to stamp out campus anti-Semitism, says a government minister.

In a letter to vice-chancellors, universities minister Chris Skidmore said it was "unjust" that some Jewish groups had been asked to pay up to £2,000 for their own event security.

He urged universities to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.

The move comes amid ongoing concern about university free speech.

In February the government issued guidance for students and universities, setting out the legal rights and obligations to help protect lawful free speech on campus.


Mr Skidmore met Jewish students on Thursday to hear their concerns and experiences of campus anti-Semitism.

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