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According to a new Ofsted report, students are being pulled out of school to be educated at home with little notice.

Parents are advised that students should not switch to home education simply to solve difficulties in schools.

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The education sector remains under pressure and faces both new and long-standing challenges. Funding remains tight, inspection frameworks are changing, rates of disadvantage and high needs are increasing, all of which places more work on teachers and school staff.

But there is opportunity too, with more solutions, providers, talent and expertise within the sector than ever before. There is also a new Secretary of State, with a background as a Governor and a TA as a wife, promising extra money and support in the coming months.

Lancashire Police have warned parents about the dangers and consequences of their children becoming money mules. 

Young people are increasingly being targeted to become money mules. They are being approached online through social media, or in person at school, college or sports clubs. Sometimes people they know will persuade them to take part, often because they are also acting as money mules. 

A money mule is someone who transfers stolen money through their own bank account on behalf of someone else, and is paid for doing so. 

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The BBC recently discovered that 24 schools have gone without inspection for more than 13 years. 

According to the data there are 1,010 outstanding schools that have not had a visit from Ofsted in 10 years. 

There has been an exemption rule on routine inspections for outstanding school which has been in place since 2012. Ofsted has now called for it to end due to concerns about falling standards in classrooms. 

Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston wishes Brits knew how easy it is to learn basic first aid training and skills as she spreads the word with the launch of a new online course, First Aid Five.

The actress plays Izzy Armstrong in the popular soap and uses a wheelchair because she has a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and made her plea as part of World First Aid Day which takes place in September.

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To support teachers in delivering first aid education, the British Red Cross are launching a new teaching website for learners aged 5-18. It’s aimed at educators across the UK, and you’re invited to trial the new resources at your school.

Why teach first aid?

From 2020 it will be compulsory for all school children in England to be taught First Aid. The move, announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, means the government’s relationships, sex and health education curriculum will be taught in all state-funded schools in England from September 2020. 

 

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A survey, commissioned by the National Citizen Service has revealed that 61% of teachers questioned agreed that pupils should be allowed an “explained absence” to take part in a social activism activity and attend protests or marches. 

The National Citizen Service poll found that 8% of teachers polled relayed that 10 or more pupils at their school had missed lessons in 2018/2019 to take part in protests, such as those on climate change. 

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The HART Prize for Human Rights aims to raise awareness of global conflict and poverty amongst young people in the UK. Anyone between the ages of 11-25 are encouraged to enter an essay or creative piece which critically examines the human rights abuses occurring in any of the countries where HART operates. It is a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation to engage with crucial humanitarian issues that are often absent from the mainstream media. 

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Twinkl Educational Publishing is launching a new start-up accelerator which will bring together and provide support to emerging education technology companies. The accelerator, named TwinklHive, will support EdTech startups with a customisable investment opportunity, including options for mentorship and a cash injection. 

 

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