Policy Update, Apr 03

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Children and Social Work Bill  


A Bill to make provision about looked-after children; to make other provision in relation to the welfare of children; and to make provision about the regulation of social workers.

The Bill has been returned to the House of Lords, on 4 April the Lords will consider the Commons amendments in 'ping pong'.

Higher Education and Research Bill

A Bill to make provision about higher education and research; and to make provision about alternative payments to students in higher or further education.


Line by line examination of the bill continued on the final day of report stage on 15 March. Amendments discussed covered clauses 88, 91 and 108 of the Bill.

Third reading - a final chance to amend the Bill - is scheduled for 4 April.

Technical and Further Education Bill

A Bill to make provision about technical and further education.


Report stage – line by line examination of the Bill – took place on 27 March. Amendments discussed covered clauses 1, 2, 24, 35, 40 and 41 of the Bill.

Third reading - a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes - is scheduled for 4 April.


Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] (Lord Shinkwin, Private Members Bill)

A Bill to make provision for disability equality in respect of abortions.


Report stage – line by line examination of the Bill – took place on 24 February. Amendments discussed covered clause 1 of the Bill. A second day of report stage is yet to be scheduled.

Prisons and Courts Bill (MoJ)


Looks into rehabilitation of prisoners and considers the link between unidentified cases of SEND + likelihood of being imprisoned.


MPs are now considering the Bill in a Public Bill Committee. The Public Bill Committee is scheduled to conclude by Thursday 27 April 2017, but could finish earlier.

On the horizon


  • White Paper lifting the ban on new Grammar Schools expected around early May
  • Green Paper on Children and Young People’s mental health expected in next 2 months
  • Statutory relationships & sex education to come into effect from September 2019







School exclusion guidance: proposed revisions

'We're seeking views on planned changes to statutory guidance for local-authority-maintained-schools, academies and pupil referral units.'

11:45pm on 25 April 2017


Primary assessment in England

'We’re seeking views on the future of assessment in primary schools and the implications for accountability.'

5pm on 22 June 2017


Primary school pupil assessment: Rochford Review recommendations

'We’re seeking views on recommendations for assessing primary school pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests.'

5pm on 22 June 2017



Other Announcements


Education, health and care plans: parents and young people survey. The Government has published the views and experiences of people who received an education, health and care (EHC) plan in 2015: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-health-and-care-plans-parents-and-young-people-survey


SEND disagreement resolution arrangements in England. A review of SEND disagreement resolution procedures, and the Government’s response have been published: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-disagreement-resolution-arrangements-in-england-review


Dates for the diary


  • 14th-18th April: National Union of Teachers 2017 Annual Conference – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
  • 18th April: House of Commons return from Easter recess
  • Early May: New education white paper expected to be published
  • Mid May: State Opening of Parliament and the Queen’s Speech
  • 20th-21st June: EdTechXEurope – King’s Place, London


In the News


DYT - “Schools face worst financial pressures since 1990s, as SEND Learners at risk from exclusion by mainstream schools” - http://www.driveryouthtrust.com/df/schools-face-worst-financial-pressures-since-1990s-as-send-learners-at-risk-from-exclusion-by-mainstream-schools/


DYT - Primary Assessment Update: KS1 SATs set to be scrapped - http://www.driveryouthtrust.com/df/primary-assessment-update-ks1-sats-set-to-be-scrapped/


Schools Week - Greening heralds £2.4bn school capital funding, but money isn’t new The Department for Education has outlined how it will spend £2.4 billion in school capital funding in the coming years, but has confirmed that none of the investment is new money: http://schoolsweek.co.uk/greening-heralds-2-4bn-school-capital-funding-but-money-isnt-new/


TES -  Ofsted will treat this year's writing assessment with 'caution': https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exclusive-ofsted-will-treat-years-writing-assessment-caution


And last but not least Exclusive: 'I don't want to be education secretary again,' says Michael Gove https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exclusive-i-dont-want-be-education-secretary-again-says-michael-gove 

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