New consultation on revised behaviour guidance – Friday 4 February 2022

This week I highlight a DfE consultation on revised Behaviour in schools guidance and suspension and permanent exclusion guidance and the publication of the government’s Levelling Up White paper.

Consultation on revised Behaviour in schools guidance and Suspension and permanent exclusion guidance
In response to the ‘Timpson Review of School Exclusion’, the government committed to working with sector experts to publish clearer, more consistent guidance to support schools to create positive behaviour cultures and ensure suspensions and permanent exclusions are conducted in a lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair way.

The DfE has now launched a consultation on proposed revisions to the Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance which will close on 31 March.

Levelling Up White Paper
This week the government announced it will be establishing a new UK-wide online learning platform and pilot inspections against school food standards under plans set out in its levelling-up white paper. This is alongside the identification of 55 education investment areas (EIAs), encouraging bids to run new 16 to 19 free schools (with EIAs prioritised for the new provision) and a consultation on moving schools with “successive” ‘requires improvement’ ratings into academy trusts.