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New research shows that roughly 20,000 pupils (14%) with special educational needs are unlikely to return to special schools in September.

Roughly 20,000 pupils (14%) with special educational needs are unlikely to return to special schools in September. Of those that do, many will not receive the full support they are legally entitled to or a full-time place.

Quarter of teachers report 60-hour working week - Sector response

Teachers in England work on average eight hours more a week than in other OECD countries One in four teachers work more than 60 hours a week and many work in the evenings, despite successive government promises to reduce their hours, according to a new UCL-led study, “New evidence on teacher workload in England. An empirical analysis of four datasets”.

Reversing cuts to further education and sixth form colleges for students 18 or under would cost about £640m that year

The IFS has published the schools chapter of its 2019 Annual Report on Education Spending in England, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Main findings Total school spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2018–19. Reversing these cuts would cost £4.7 billion a year by 2022–23. School spending per pupil has fallen fastest since 2015–16. It fell by 5% in real terms between 2015–16 and 2019–20, which includes a small fall of 0.5% in 2019–20. Reversing these cuts would cost £3.3bn by 2022–23, or by £2.7bn if done straight away in 2020–21. The Prime Minister has previously committed to provide at least an extra £4.6bn in school funding by 2022–23. This would be about enough to reverse past cuts of 8% since 2009–10 in that year. Anything more than this would equate to a real terms increase in school spending per pupil. The IFS has released the chapter early in order to inform debate in the lead-up to the Spending Round, to be announced on September 4th. The main report will be launched on September 19th; it will include analysis of early years, further education, sixth form and higher education spending.

Reform special guardianship to protect and support children and their carers

02 August 2019

What else do we need to know to effectively support the development of numeracy?

Supporting children with difficulties A large proportion of children have persistent mathematics difficulties(e.g. dyscalculia) and yet these difficulties are less recognised than difficulties with reading and literacy (dyslexia). It will take time and research effort to improve understanding and recognition of dyscalculia, even in advance of developing interventions to tackle it.

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