Free webinar on the Schools White Paper – Friday 6 May 2022

This week I highlight a free webinar on the Schools White Paper and what it means for governance, the DfE’s request to schools to complete an energy price survey, publication of school data on the National Tutoring Programme expected in the Autumn, a commemorative Platinum Jubilee book for all primary school children and publication of a summary of the SEND Green paper for parents/carers, children and young people to explain what the SEND review means for them.

Free webinar on the what the Schools White Paper means for governance
Governors for Schools in conjunction with Better Governor is providing a free webinar on the Schools White Paper and what it means for governance on Thursday 12 May from 8-9 am.

The webinar will explore the content of the white paper from a strategic governance perspective, considering the medium to long-term implications for schools and governing bodies.  Please use this link to register via the Governors for Schools website.

DfE invites schools to complete energy price survey
Yesterday, the DfE emailed all headteachers asking them to submit information regarding their school’s gas and electricity tariffs for a survey. With concerns that rapidly rising energy bills could lead to job cuts, the DfE is considering what “additional support” it can provide.

Publication of school data on the National Tutoring Programme in the Autumn
Yesterday the Education Secretary announced that data of each school’s involvement in the National Tutoring Programme will be published this Autumn. The data will also be shared with Ofsted; the DfE says it will be working with the inspectorate over the coming months to determine the best use of that data.

Platinum Jubilee commemorative book for all primary school children
Primary school children across the UK will begin to receive a free copy of the commemorative book ‘Queen Elizabeth: A Platinum Jubilee Celebration’ this month.  It features a tale helping children learn about historical events across the UK and Commonwealth, as well as inspirational figures, and a timeline of Queen Elizabeth II’s life. The book goes on private sale on 23 June and more information about the book can be found here.

Document explaining the proposals set out in the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper
The DfE has published materials summarising the SEND and AP Green Paper for parents/carers, children and young people to explain what the review means for them.  It is also helpful for governors and you can access a copy here.