Learning Escape Blog
After a long, wet winter, spring term might feel like a distant future but March is quickly creeping round the corner, along with the cutoff date for school budgets. It’s that time of year again when schools need to revisit their 2012-13 budgets and use it or lose it.
This week it has been announced that nurseries may be allowed to accept and look after more children. Those that have highly qualified staff can now have a greater ratio of children to adults. As parents fight for their child’s spot in the top Early Years establishments, the teachers are trying to find ways to make space.
Bullying in schools is a battle for pupils, teacher and parents. We may not have eradicated it completely but schools are campaigning to make a difference. This week, between 19th and 23rd November, is Anti-Bullying Week and schools across the country are working together to raise awareness and help put a stop to bullies.
This week, the attention of the media has once again been turned to Government Funding after the Educational Watchdog, OFSTED, expressed concern that the ‘Pupil Premium’ funding scheme that is designed to support disadvantaged students, is failing to have the desired impact. OFSTED’s snapshot survey of 117 schools across England found that over half of head teachers were struggling to see how the £600 pupil premium awarded for each eligible student is making any difference to the way that they are able to support disadvantaged children owing to the fact that it was bought in to effect just...