Parental responsibility guidance
The Department for Education has published guidance to help schools and local authorities in England understand and deal with issues relating to parental responsibility as recognised by education law, in particular in situations where parental responsibility can be confusing or unclear.
Source: DfE Date: 03 September 2018
Welsh Government to offer more mental health support to school
The Welsh Government has announced that they will focus on a new ‘whole school ‘ approach to mental health and wellbeing in schools to ensure that it becomes central to the way schools work.
This means that the school ethos in Wales will support the broader mental health and wellbeing of learners, and should in turn help to prevent other issues from developing or escalating.
Source: Welsh Government Date: 07 September 2018
Experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils at school
The BBC reports that the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has heard evidence from experts pointing out that bullying, racism and feeling left out of the curriculum are major factors in low school attendance rates among children and young people from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community. The Women and Equalities Committee is holding an inquiry to look at inequalities faced by the GRT community.
Source: BBC Date: 12 September 2018
Further information: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
Updates to keeping children safe in education
The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance for England to include: a link to The Childcare (Disqualification) and Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (paragraph 132); and clarification on the point at which a school must make referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (paragraphs 158 and 159). The flowchart titled ‘Actions where there are concerns about a child’ in Keeping children safe in education: for school and college staff (part 1) has also been updated to make it more accessible.
Source: DfE Date: 19 September 2018
Further information: Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)