Friday Update – 13 November 2015

This week I publicise the new legal duty for teachers to report any cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FBM) to the police and consultation on the English Baccalaureate.

From 31 October 2015, teachers now have a legal duty to report any cases of FGM, to the police. In a change to the FGM Act 2003, they will have to report any ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18s. ‘Known’ is defined as where a girl informs them that this has taken place, or physical signs appear that do not seem to be from any surgical procedures.

Governing bodies have to ensure that senior leaders have introduced procedures for identifying, and reporting FGM, and that they will monitor those procedures to ensure they are understood and effective. You may wish to check with your Safeguarding/Health and Safety Committees that this item is being discussed.

The DfE is currently holding a stakeholder consultation on how to get at least 90% of pupils to take GCSEs in the EBaccalaureate (Ebacc) subjects i.e. Maths, English, Science, a foreign language, and either History or Geography. In 2010, fewer than a quarter of pupils (22%) entered this combination of subjects; it is now 39%. The Government wants the EBacc to become the default for pupils, with the exception of a small minority of pupils for whom it is not appropriate. The expectation will be that the 90% mark will be hit by the time that this years’ Year 7 cohort reaches year 11.

Governors are welcome to participate in the consultation which continues until 29 January 2016.