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Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the newsletter. As the end of the spring term is rapidly approaching, as is often the case, the DfE and other education agencies have published a number of research based reports that focus on current topics of political and policy interest. It is therefore not surprising that the number of reports about aspects of teacher workload and retention warrant a separate section in this edition of the newsletter.  Discussions about school funding and the potential impact of the introduction of the national funding formula for schools continue. Ofsted has continued to publish updated guidance and exemplars of its new approach to data collection and the way data will be used to inform inspection judgements. The DfE has also published the latest analyses of 2017 pupil performance outcomes and further guidance about the revised GCSEs and how these outcomes are being used to hold schools to account.

Teacher workload and retention have become a key issue in the current round of education related conferences.  They are also increasingly becoming a political priority.  It is therefore not surprising that the DfE has commissioned a number of research projects whose findings have been recently published.  In this section, we include a piece of private research by the Aquinas Trust on reducing teacher workload. There are also DfE publications on factors affecting teacher retention; professional development for reducing teacher workload; teacher retention and mobility and a summary of workload challenge research projects.  We have also included the recent report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on retaining and developing the teacher workforce.

Under vulnerable pupils, we have included the recent DfE report on characteristics of pupils who are NEET (not in education, employment or training); the National Children’s Bureau report on children missing from education and the Education Endowment Foundation’s report on the continuing attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

In the finance and funding section, there is a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) on the financial implications and impact of converting maintained schools to academies; a longitudinal study from NfER on school funding in England since 2010 and the Education Policy Institute (EPI)’s report on school funding pressures.

Ofsted continues to produce updated guidance on its revised use of data.  A useful overview can be found in its Dataview guidance.  We have also included the latest school inspection update for March 2018, guidance for parents on school inspections and a think piece from Forum Education on the role of Ofsted in the inspection of MATs – one to watch for the future.

Under assessment and accountability, recently published DfE fact sheets on the revised GCSEs for employers and parents can be found.  There is also updated DfE guidance on primary accountability using 2017 outcomes and an updated version of the statutory guidance regarding schools causing concern. We have also included the updated DfE analysis of 2016-17 GCSE and MAT performance.

The leadership and management section includes the recent report from the National Governors Association (NGA) on finding effective school governors and academy trustees.  There is also DfE advice on searching, screening and confiscation.

As usual, the general includes a range of reports that don’t fit easily under the other headings  but are of interest. These include an EPI report on access to special schools; a critical report on proposed approaches to early years base line assessment from a lobby group of parents, teachers and researchers; the latest report from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership on improving educational provision in the north of England; an EPI evaluation on universal provision of infant free school meals and the latest DfE analysis of school places and capacity (2016/17).

We hope you find something here of interest and hope you have time and space over the forthcoming holiday to recharge batteries and, hopefully, look forward to somewhat better weather for the summer term.

We hope you find our newsletters helpful and, as always, welcome your feedback.

Best wishes
The Navigate Team

Teacher Workload and Retention

Reducing teacher workload – Aquinas Trust;

Factors affecting teacher retention – DfE;

Professional development for reducing teacher workload – DfE;

Retaining and developing the teacher workforce – Public Accounts Committee;

Teacher retention and mobility;

Summary of workload challenge research projects – DfE.


Vulnerable Pupils

Characteristics of young people who are NEET - DfE;

Children missing from education – NCB;

The attainment gap – EEF.


School Finance and Funding

Converting maintained schools to academies – National Audit Office;

School funding since 2010 – NfER;

School funding pressures – Education Policy Institute.



Data view guidance;

School inspection update – March 2018;

School inspections – a guide for parents;

The role of Ofsted in the inspection of MATs – Forum Education.


Assessment and Accountbility


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