This is the final posting of the school year. I’m heading off to do some reading, thinking and finding an answer to the question, ‘What does  Christians in Education need to do next?’ Have a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

Schools in England will take part in a pilot of tablet-based tests for five-year-olds, the Department for Education has announced. This study will provide valuable insights into how five-year-olds develop and results will be used to map pupils’ early capabilities to their education performance at age 15 through the international PISA tables. Read more

Record numbers of teachers are being banned from the classroom for sexual misconduct, The Independent can reveal. A third of teachers struck off last year were involved in sex-related cases, and in the highest numbers for three years. More were banned for sexual misconduct last year alone, than were forced out of the profession because of alcohol, drugs or violence in total during the last five years. Read more

The number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years, figures show. Experts have warned that the huge spike is, in part, due to the promotion of transgender issues in schools which they say has encouraged children to question their identity, and ‘sowed confusion’ in their minds. Figures from the NHS’s only facility for transgender children show that 84 children aged between 3 and 7 were referred last year, compared to 20 in 2012/13. Read more

The vast majority of bullies prefer the old tried and trusted methods of hurting their victims to causing pain online, say researchers. Results of the survey show that less than 1% of 15-year-olds in England regularly experienced cyberbullying on its own. Nine out of 10 teenagers who were bullied online were also subjected to traditional bullying, the study found. Read more