19-23 octoberIn the news this week: a mandatory duty for teachers to report FGM comes into force on 31 October, pupil absence rates have risen, and research suggests one in 33 pupils have been targeted by extremists while online at school.
21 octoberIn the news today: DfE data suggests absence rates have risen due to more pupils being off sick, the Institute of Physics has published guidance calling for schools to appoint "gender champions", and the Local Government Association has claimed that government rules around term-time absence are not fair to some families.
22 octoberIn the news today: a think tank report suggests that school budgets will see an 8% drop in real terms over the next five years, the DfE is consulting on powers to force the academisation of 'inadequate' schools, and Ofsted's chief inspector has accused schools of failing to promote vocational routes.
General studies a-level to be abolished (19/10/2015)It has been announced that AS and A-level general studies will not be available for teaching from 2017, as proposed subject content did not meet standards for reform. Though formerly the most popular A-level, entries for general studies have fallen in recent years.
Government unlikely to publish legal guidance on "new" grammar schoolEducation secretary Nicky Morgan approved plans for an existing grammar school to open a new satellite site, despite warnings that the move would only have a 50% chance of standing up to a legal challenge. Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has accused the government of trying to "subvert the law".