The DfE’s response to the consultation on children missing from education will require schools to provide more information from September. Mental health is becoming a prominent talking point: the IPPR summary about supporting mental health issues in secondary schools provides a useful summary of the key issues and signposts to the full report for colleagues who want to consider this issue in greater depth. Ofsted’s report on the effectiveness of local authorities and other agencies in supporting children from disadvantaged families makes for salutary reading. The DfE’s analysis of pupil absence in 2015 is also of interest although, inevitably, somewhat out of date.Â There are two useful reports on the effectiveness and impact of the pupil premium (Education Policy Institute) and a practical guide to conducting pupil premium reviews from the NCTL based on teaching school alliance experience.Â Finally, the NAHT report on the case for sufficient funding for high needs pupils reminds us that, despite the delay in implementing the national funding formula in schools by at least a year, funding will continue to be a key issue in schools.
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