We are currently in the midst of one of the worst teacher shortages we’ve ever seen. Cuts to funding and an upsurge in teacher workload have left many questioning their place in the profession. In addition to the increase in planning, marking and feedback – let alone taking classes, teachers are increasingly having to prove their worth, with added pressures coming from both the Government as well as school Senior Leadership Teams.
According to the management guru Peter Drucker, the best way to predict the future is to create it. This applies very much to issues of attendance, truancy, lateness and general data gathering. It’s much easier to try to make sure things go right from the outset than to try to steer them back on course once they’ve gone wrong.
The Data Protection Act as we know and love it in the UK dates back to 1998 in its original form. It was a far-reaching, even visionary, piece of legislation. But at that time the web was in its infancy, the Google search engine was in beta mode and social media hadn’t been ‘invented’ — Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, was only 14 years old at the time.
Let’s start by examining the term ‘too late’. What does it mean: how long out of school is too long?
The surprising — and perhaps shocking — answer is that even one day out of school can affect a pupil’s academic achievement. In March last year, the Department for Education issued a press release summarising its latest research:
According to the University of Salford, as of September 2016, 2,075 out of 3,381 secondary schools in England had become academies and 2,440 of the 16,766 primary schools had gained academy status. However, the hitherto inexorable rise of multi-academy trusts may not necessarily continue completely unabated.
One of the key principles of a good Ofsted inspection is that when the final meeting occurs with a Head of Department, subject leader, or Principal, there should be no surprises. The last thing anybody wants is for the inspector to say "Everything is good except that you haven't addressed X", only for the interviewee to say "Yes we do, but you didn't ask for that information."
“One of the greatest misconceptions about GDPR is that it is going to be implemented in a year’s time. This is not the case. GDPR became a part of our legislation a year ago when it was first passed. What we are operating under is a two-year grace period with which to sort ourselves out and prepare for the new law. By adapting to the requirements today, we can save time, effort and potentially a great deal of money.”
Schools go to a great deal of effort to keep parents engaged, with varying levels of success between primary and secondary, as discussed in an earlier blog; Which Schools Engage Parents More Effectively, Primary or Secondary? What is important to gauge is how involved parents actually feel with their child’s education. Using research conducted across the country, we analyse what extent they feel engaged.
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As parents, it is natural to want to be in the know about every facet of your child’s life. They are yours to raise and care for, and every good parent wants their child to succeed. When it comes to education, it is for many parents, the first time you are truly away from them. It is then the school’s responsibility to ensure that parents are engaged. As students progress, this relationship can change as well, and so Groupcall spoke to both parents and members of school senior leadership teams to analyse which the difference in parental engagement levels between primary and secondary schools.