Creation of a new expert advisory group on teachers’ wellbeing – Friday 15 March 2019

This week I report on the creation of a new expert advisory group to look at how to promote better wellbeing for teachers, the announcement of 30 ONE Vision schools in the North East via the Opportunity North East initiative and funding to end ‘period poverty’ in secondary schools from September this year.

Support on wellbeing for teachers in schools
At the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference today the Education Secretary will announce the creation of a new expert advisory group to look at how teachers and school leaders can be better supported to deal with the pressure of the job.

The Advisory Group will bring together head teachers and principals, teaching and college unions, professional bodies and mental health charity Mind to work with the Government to look at how to promote better wellbeing for teachers.

Government drive to boost attainment in North East schools
Yesterday the Education Secretary set out plans to support up to thirty schools through the Opportunity North East (ONE) initiative – a multi-million pound Government-led programme to improve social mobility and raise aspirations for children.

These ONE Vision schools, as they will be known, will be partnered with high-performing institutions and given bespoke support to raise standards and help up to 25,000 young people learn the skills and knowledge that will help unlock their potential.

Government funding to provide sanitary products in secondary schools
The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced plans to fund sanitary products for pupils in secondary schools and colleges to end so-called ‘period poverty’ in his Spring statement on Wednesday. The funding will be made available from September, although no further details on how much schools would receive has been announced yet.

Article updated at 15:11 on 15 March due to issues with some website filters.