Organisation: Department for Education






Character Education Framework Guidance

This guidance is for school leaders and teachers considering the rationale for character education and personal development, and the practicalities of provision and delivery.   The guidance will support schools as they consider:
  • the 2019 Ofsted inspection framework
  • the social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils
  • preparations for the introduction of ‘Relationships education’ and ‘Health education’ in primary schools, and ‘Relationships, sex and health education’ in secondary schools
  The guidance provides schools with 6 benchmarking questions to support reflection and the self-evaluation of current provision.


Date Published: 5th November 2019
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Department for Education Departmental Overview

This overview summarises the work of the Department for Education including what it does, how much it spends, recent and major developments, and what to look out for across its main areas.   This Departmental Overview is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department and its performance over the last year. The report focuses on the Department’s responsibilities and how it spends its money, key developments in its areas of work and findings from our recent reports.


Date Published: 28th October 2019
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Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England

At January 2019, 1.3 million pupils in England (14.9% of all pupils) were recorded as having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Pupils with SEND are among the most vulnerable in the school system.   The government substantially changed the system for supporting children and young people with SEND in September 2014, under the Children and Families Act 2014. The aims of the reforms were for: children’s needs to be identified...


Date Published: 11th September 2019
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Deployment of Teaching Assistants in schools

Teaching Assistants (TAs) account for around a quarter (28%) of the overall state-funded school workforce (DfE, 2018). In recent years, research has begun to examine how TAs can be deployed effectively (Sharples et al., 2015). This research has shown that TAs who are sufficiently trained and used correctly within the classroom – for example, as a supplement to teachers and not a replacement – can have a positive impact on pupil engagement and attainment. Wider evidence also suggests that TAs can have a positive impact on academic achievement, however, effects vary (Blatchford et al., 2009). Despite this work, there...


Date Published: 27th June 2019
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