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Weekly DfE Publications W/C 18/03/2019

Free school meals supplementary grant: 2018 to 2019

Guidance

The free school meals supplementary grant provides schools with extra funding to help them meet the higher costs of providing extra meals before the lagged funding system catches up.

This follows the introduction of Universal Credit, which increases the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.

 

18 March 2019

Further education: flexible learning fund

Guidance

The £11.4 million fund supports projects to encourage more people to take part in new training or courses that will help them progress in current employment or secure a new job. ‘Flexible learning fund: successful applicants’ lists the 30 projects and their providers. ‘Flexible learning fund: specification for submitting proposals’ explains the requirements and assessment criteria for project proposals.

 

18 March 2019

Deals for schools

Guidance

Information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly.

 

19 March 2019

Non-GCSE qualifications in England: key stage 4 entries and absence and exclusions outcomes

Transparency data

These statistics provide an overview of:

 

19 March 2019

Students and qualifications at level 3 and below in England

Transparency data

These statistics provide an overview of:

 

19 March 2019

Basic need allocations

Guidance

 

Basic need funding is the money given local authorities each year to help them fulfil their duty to make sure there are enough school places for children in their local area.  The allocations announced in 2018 will allow local authorities to create the new school places they need by September 2021.

This funding has been allocated alongside a £50m fund for a targeted scheme to support the capital costs of building whole new secondary schools through the presumption free school route.

All local authorities have also been allocated additional capital funding to invest in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities through the Special Provision Capital Fund.

 

20 March 2019

School resource management self-assessment tool

Guidance

The tool helps assure governing bodies and trust boards that they are meeting the standards to achieve a good level of financial health and resource management.

It can be used to identify areas for change to make sure resources are used to support high-quality teaching and the best education outcomes for pupils.

The tool consists of a checklist and a dashboard.

The checklist asks questions of governing bodies and trust boards in 6 areas of resource management.

The dashboard shows how a school’s data compares to thresholds on a range of statistics that have been identified by the Department for Education as indicators of good resource management and outcomes.

 

20 March 2019

Educational psychologist workforce research

Research and analysis

This research maps the distribution and demographic profile of local authority educational psychologists in England.

It also provides evidence on factors affecting shortages of trainee and qualified educational psychologists in some local authorities.

 

20 March 2019

Reducing teacher workload

Policy paper

Information on the government’s policy to help remove unnecessary workload for teachers.

The reducing teacher workload action plan sets out the steps to be taken following the findings from the teacher workload survey 2016.

The DfE protocol was developed in response to the 2014 workload challenge survey. It sets out the commitment to:

 

21 March 2019

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2017 to 2018

National Statistics

This release provides information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in:

It includes information on:

The information is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.

 

21 March 2019

Pupil absence statistics: guide

Guidance

This guide on DfE’s published absence statistics sets out:

 

21 March 2019

Parental responsibility measures: 2017 to 2018

Official Statistics

Information on parental responsibility measures for attendance used by schools and local authorities to improve poor attendance in schools.

It includes data on:

The information is based on local authority data collected through the parental responsibility measures attendance census.

 

21 March 2019

Headteacher board meetings schedule and preparation templates

Transparency data

Schedule of headteacher board meetings 2018 to 2019 and meeting preparation templates.

 

22 March 2019

Governance handbook and competency framework

Guidance

These guides are for:

The ‘Governance handbook’ explains:

The ‘Competency framework for governance’ sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that school and academy governing boards need to be effective.

The ‘Competency framework for clerking sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide professional clerking to school and academy governing boards.

 

22 March 2019

Academy sponsor contact list

Transparency data

This document gives contact details for approved academy sponsors, including the lead regional school commissioner (RSC) region.

It is useful for:

Please note that:

 

22 March 2019

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

Transparency data

The local authority interactive tool (LAIT) presents information in interactive tables and charts with the local authority’s rank and position in England.

It includes data on:

 

22 March 2019

Childcare and early years providers survey: 2018

Official Statistics

This release gives information on the main characteristics of childcare and early years provision in England, including:

 

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