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Alongside our best practice section, Headteacher Update features regular news and news analysis articles to keep school leaders up-to-date with the latest policy and sector developments. Our news pieces attempt to tackle issues of direct relevance to primary school educators and offer something different to the mainstream media.




Absence: Parent penalty notice system under fire

With the latest figures showing a rise in unauthorised school absence, school leaders have warned that the current system of parental fines ‘drives a wedge between schools and families’ when the real problem is holiday pricing. Pete Henshaw reports



School funding: Ministers must end their ‘institutional deafness’

Just days after MPs debated the school funding crisis, it is revealed that school leaders have written to millions of families to warn of the negative impact of budget cuts on school provision. Pete Henshaw reports on the growing pressure for ministers to act over school funding.












Ofsted’s curriculum conversations

More details on Ofsted’s plans to place the curriculum at the heart of the new inspection framework are emerging after the latest update from the inspectorate’s on-going curriculum research. Pete Henshaw reports








Teachers delivering RSE with inadequate training

Contraception, pregnancy options, STIs, accessing sexual health services, and sexually explicit information online – these are among the topics that school staff feel the least confident teaching about.


Schools told to cut down data collection burden for teachers

In a bid to crackdown on needless data workload in schools, the Department for Education and Ofsted have told headteachers to have fewer data collection points across the year and to scrap onerous behaviour logging practices. Pete Henshaw takes a look

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