Free webinar on PSHE – Friday 11 February 2022

This week I highlight a free webinar on how governors can ensure their school is meeting its PSHE duties, the launch of a consultation on changes to the School Admissions Appeals Code and publication of revision help for students sitting examinations this summer.

Governors for Schools free webinar on PSHE – the role it plays in the personal development of pupils
This webinar will take place on Thursday 17 February 2022 from 8 to 9am and will explore how governors can ensure their school is meeting its duties, while gaining assurance from leadership that pupils’ personal development is being informed by their needs and an effective programme of PSHE education. To register please use this link to go to the Governors for Schools website.

Consultation on changes to the School Admission Appeals Code
During the pandemic the DfE introduced temporary regulations to enable more flexibility in the school admission appeals process. The DfE is now consulting on revising the School Admission Appeals Code to add an option for holding appeal hearings remotely and allow for the possibility of a panel of two members to continue hearing and making decisions on appeals, in the event that a third panel member needs to withdraw. It would be the DfE’s intention to bring these changes into force immediately after the expiry of the temporary regulations on 1 October 2022.

Publication of revision help for students for the summer examinations
This week information was published by the DfE for students sitting GCSE, AS and A level exams this summer, as part of a range of adaptations to maximise fairness following the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic.

Some of the exam content, texts, topics and sub-topics, themes and skills due to be assessed have been made available for the majority of GCSE, AS and A level subjects, including maths, biology, chemistry and languages. The additional information aims to focus students’ revision without providing exact questions that will appear.