17 Dec What’s happening in 2013? Guest Blog by Clerk to Governors
What’s coming up in 2013 for schools and Governing Bodies?
The following dates are an outline of the calendar for 2013, but if you have additional suggestions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. Check back to see updates.
- Consultation on proposals for Ofsted to be able to share information on children’s homes with the police and the SoS for Education ends 10th January 2013.
- Admission arrangements for September 2013/2014 intake need to be decided as admission authorities must determine and publish their admission arrangements annually even if there are no changes from the previous year and therefore a consultation was not required. If changes are proposed, admission authorities must consult on the proposals for eight weeks between November 2012 and March 2013, for September 2014 entry.
- Revised statutory alternative provision (AP) guidance comes into effect. Schools and local authorities have to comply with guidance on how they commission AP.Changes to legislation may mean some “community” committee members are no longer eligible to remain on the management committee. (Academies, FS, MS, PRU)
- BETT Show at ExCel, London: Wednesday January 30th – Saturday 2nd February
- Applications for NPQH must be in by 1pm on 29th January.
- Payments for the Y7 Catch-up premium will be made in January 2013.
- The Dux Awards Scheme two week nomination period will open in January for 2013 entries.
- Tuesday 5th February 2013 is Safer Internet Day.
- Many schools have their half term break 18th -22nd February 2013. Check your area here.
- DWP Consultation on measuring child poverty ends 15th February.
- Consultation on improving outcomes for children of travelling families closes on 22nd February 2013.
- Education Show in Birmingham 14th – 16th March: Click here
- Easter Sunday is 31st March 2013 – Direct.Gov info on holidays.
- The first annual SFVS to be in place by 31st March.
- NGA Awards for Outstanding Governance – presentations by Lord Hill at House of Commons on 30th April. Info here.
- Pupil referral unit (PRU) management committees will be given delegated budgets and control over staffing for the first time (subject to the passage of regulations).
- KS2 SATS take place week beginning 13th May 2013 – DfE website for other key dates (SATS)
- 17 – 21 June is Phonics Screening week for KS1. See more dates for NC tests.
- Teacher assessments for KS3 must be made by 28th June.
- July 9th – KS2 SATS results available
- Introduction of a new early education entitlement for eligible two-year-olds.
- Subject to the outcomes of the consultations, the new National Curriculum will be published, ready for teaching to begin in September 2014.
- Pay arrangements for teachers due to change, as main pay scales are abolished (subject to legislation). More info here.
- Duty to promote the good attendance of 16-year-olds in education and training becomes compulsory as part of raising the participation age. Those providing education will be required to promote good attendance of 16-year-olds.
(MS, SFC, FE, PRU)
- All education and training institutions must inform their local authority if a 16-year-old drops out of education.
(Academies, FS, MS, SFC, PRU, FE)
- Legislation to reduce timescales for payment of penalty notices issued to parents for school attendance offences comes into effect (subject to regulations being made).
(Academies, MS, FS, MSS, PRU)
- Legislation to strengthen rules on leave of absence and promote good attendance comes into force (subject to regulations being made).
(MS, MSS, PRU)
- Curriculum and qualifications: Study programmes (which should include A levels or other substantial vocational qualifications, non- qualification activity and work experience, English or mathematics GCSE A*- C or English or maths provision) start to be offered to 16- to19-year-olds.
(Academies, FS, MS, SFC, FE, IS, MSS)
- New duties come into effect requiring schools which use automated biometric recognition systems to obtain parental consent.
(Academies, FS, MS, IS, MSS, SFC, FE, PRU)
- Reviewing your Committees’ terms of reference? Model terms of reference
- Consider supporting World Toilet Day on 19th November. Access a toolkit of activities. How do your own school toilets measure up? See also Toilet Twinningas a gift idea.
- NGA Conference and AGM
- Ofsted will publish their quarterly Schools and Inspection Update for inspectors.
- Christmas – in the digital age (Youtube link)
and September 2014