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This is the last update of the year, as Christians in Education will be taking a break until 5 January. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and peaceful start to 2018.

 Nine- and 10-year-olds in England have improved their reading scores in a set of prestigious international exams, although their results still lag behind Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong. English children who took part were ranked a creditable joint eighth out of 50 participating countries, climbing up from 10th position in the last round of tests five years ago. Read more

In a converted office block in an unprepossessing corner of west London, a year 10 class is working with intense concentration. The walls are grey and virtually bare; on the whiteboard is a cartoon-style story about a pilot marooned on a desert island. At all times eyes are either down or focused on the teacher – the lesson is conducted at a frenetic pace; questions are rapid-fire and answered with an instant sea of hands. Read more

Ofsted has confirmed it will go ahead with plans to change the way it carries out short inspections of good-rated schools from next month. Under the new plans, set out in September, inspectors will continue to convert short inspections into full inspections, usually within 48 hours, if they have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education provided. Read more

The overall pupil absence rate is 4.5%, according to the latest figures from the DfE. One in 10 of those school children are classed as ‘persistently absent’, missing school for at least 10% of the time. Secondary schools had a higher rate of persistent absence than primary schools. And overall, unauthorised absence, whether persistent or not, also increased. Read more




This is the last update of the year, as Christians in Education will be taking a break until 5 January. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and peaceful start to 2018.

 Increasing numbers of pupils are being entered for an international religious studies qualification which allows them to learn just one religion – in spite of government rules that require GCSEs always to include two religions. The reformed religious studies GCSE has been taught since 2016, and is required to include the systematic study of at least two religions. It overturned previous rules allowing schools only to teach one faith. Read more

If Ofsted seeks evidence of radicalisation and, indeed, of other forms of indoctrination and brainwashing, it need look no further than state schools. Small wonder that more parents, if they can afford to do it, are concluding that home education is the only alternative, because mums and dads are unlikely to have been brainwashed by bogus notions of political correctness through teacher training. Read more

Humanists have reported a number of Catholic schools to the DfE, alleging unlawful promotion of partisan political action. The organisation Humanists UK says that these schools are encouraging families to campaign for what it sees as further religious discrimination in schools admissions by encouraging them to campaign for the removal of the faith-based admissions cap. Read more

Changing the Ofsted inspection framework to allow the inspection of MATs would not be ‘helpful’, the academies minister has said. Lord Agnew made the comments after he was asked by the education select committee whether he thought Ofsted should make the change. Speaking to MPs, Lord Agnew said he thought it would cause ‘confusion’ in the system. Read more




This is the last update of the year, as Christians in Education will be taking a break until 5 January. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and peaceful start to 2018.

 The number of children aged 13 to 15 with a Saturday or evening job has fallen by a fifth in the past five years. New figures show a steady decline in those earning money on the side by doing work such as newspaper rounds or waiting on tables. Experts said the trend may be the result of teenagers placing more importance on their studies and prioritising homework over paid employment. Read more

The vast majority of pupils consult parents, carers, teachers and friends before making decisions about higher education or careers, rather than turning to a careers consultant, new government research shows. The finding has been published on the same day that the government announced it will be providing £4 million to fund a careers leader in every school by the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Read more

What happens in the early years of a person’s life has a profound effect on how they fare later on. Thousands of research papers have shown that children who get a poor start in life are much more likely to experience difficulties as adults. Ensuring that children get enough sleep is one of a number of ways to get them off to the best possible start in life. Read more

PSHE is the school subject which develops the knowledge and skills that young people need to be safe and healthy, and to thrive in modern Britain.  The benefits of PSHE for young people’s well being are well established. A new review shows that PSHE also significantly benefits young people’s academic success, particularly if they come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Read more