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Changes in education in 2019/20
Get ahead of the curve and read our round-up of changes in education that affect you this year.
Keeping Children Safe in Education: updates from September
The 2019 version of the statutory safeguarding guidance is now in force. Read about the details of the changes in our explainer.
Your key actions are to:
- Include upskirting and serious violent crime in your safeguarding training for all staff in September
- Carry out section 128 checks on your maintained school governors, if you haven't already
- Know and follow the new local arrangements set by your safeguarding partners - they'll be in place by 29 September
- Use the DfE's new online safety guidance
Get your staff up to speed in September with our download-and-deliver 2019 safeguarding INSET pack or safeguarding essentials elearning course. Upgrade your membership to get full access.
New Ofsted framework
The key changes to Ofsted inspections include:
- A sharper focus on curriculum with the new 'quality of education' judgement. This centres on:
- Intent: what are you trying to achieve with your curriculum?
- Implementation: how's your curriculum delivered?
- Impact: what difference is your curriculum having on pupils?
- 'Behaviour and attitudes' and 'personal development' are now 2 separate judgements
- Section 8 - 'short' - inspections are now 2 days instead of 1
- Inspectors will no longer use internal progress and attainment data as inspection evidence
Schools judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted will no longer be exempt from routine inspections
The DfE announced this in early September 2019, adding that:
- There’ll be a consultation on how to include 'outstanding' schools in a regular inspection cycle (consultation date not yet known)
- The decision will be subject to parliamentary approval. It's not likely to take effect until September 2020
Rating on financial management, still in planning stage
The government says it will work with Ofsted to include a new rating for "financial management and oversight" within the school or trust, but we don't yet know when it will be introduced.
2.75% uplift to teacher pay
From September 2019, the government has applied a 2.75% increase to teacher pay ranges and allowances for those employed under the terms of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.
0.75% of this uplift is being funded by the government, with the other 2% coming from your existing budget.
Download our 'cheat sheet' for more information on what this means for your school.
Plans to raise NQT salaries to £30,000 from September 2020
Make sure you stay compliant
Compliance Tracker is free with your membership to The Key for School Leaders. Use it to get:
- A comprehensive list of statutory requirements in 8 areas
- An easy-to-understand explanation of each requirement
- Practical guidance on what you need to do
Academies Financial Handbook: changes from September
Be clear on the major changes:
- A new set of principles for internal scrutiny (aka internal audit)
- New requirements for whistle-blowing
- Risk registers are now mandatory
Read our article for all the changes, including the minor ones.
Changes to assessment: new requirements
Year 4 multiplication tables check
The check comes into effect in June 2020. It'll test year 4 pupils' multiplication tables between 2 and 12.
Finalised guidance on check administration, and assessment and reporting arrangements, is expected this autumn.
Read our article for further details.
Reception baseline assessment
A statutory reception baseline assessment will be introduced in autumn 2020, and will be used to measure progress from reception to the end of Key Stage 2. The Early Years Foundation Stage profile will remain statutory.
Nearly 10,000 primary schools are taking part in the pilot of the assessment this year.
Relationships, sex and health education: from September 2020
From September 2020:
- Primary schools will need to provide:
- Relationships education
- Health education
- Secondary schools will need to provide:
- Relationships and sex education
- Health education
Schools in the primary phase won't be required to provide sex education, but the DfE recommends you have a programme in place if you don't have one already.
You'll need a new policy
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