Friday Update – 11 September 2015

This week I highlight the Government’s intention to allow summer born children the right to start in Reception at age 5, the publication of the Government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s review of PSHE and SRE in schools and a new on-line tool for schools to give parents advice on preparing their children for adult life.

SUMMER BORN CHILDREN TO GET THE RIGHT TO START SCHOOL LATER
Earlier this week the Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced the Government’s intention to give summer-born children the right to start in Reception at the age of 5. The Minister said admissions rules must be changed so children born between April 1 and August 31 cannot be forced to go straight into Year 1 if they wait to start school until they turn 5.

He has written an open letter to encourage schools and local authorities to take immediate action, in advance of the proposed changes, and allow summer-born children to start in Reception aged 5 if that is what parents want.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH AND ECONOMIC EDUCATION (PSHE) AND SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION (SRE) IN SCHOOLS: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
Back in March, Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announced some new measures to improve the quality of PSHE, including the development of a new, rigorous PSHE quality mark and working with the PSHE Association to help them quality assure resources.

The Education Select Committee has carried out a review of PHSE and SRE in schools and the Government has now published its response to the report, setting out its commitment to improve the quality of PSHE and SRE in schools.

NEW NATIONAL SAFETY TOOL
The Government has recently launched a new on-line tool for schools to give parents advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life. The new online service, called Parent Info gives parents information to help them navigate the issues children can now face on everything from spotting the warning signs of self-harm, to having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world. The service will also provide parents with pathways for where they can go for more hands on support on specific issues.