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Attainment gap 'unchanged after 20 years'

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  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022
The attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers has seen “virtually no change” over the last two decades, with the Covid-19 pandemic “significantly worsening” outcomes for all children, a new report finds.

Schemes to reduce holiday hunger

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  • Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Local authorities and organisations supporting vulnerable families are providing food and activities for children facing food poverty over the school holidays.

Lionesses’ victory highlights gaps in girls’ PE

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  • Monday, August 1, 2022
England’s historic victory in the Women’s Euros has prompted calls for girls to be given equal access to sports like football at school as studies show less than half of English secondary schools offer equal training to both girls and boys.

Legal Update: Parent power in EHCPs

An important decision from the Upper Tribunal has upheld a holistic interpretation of section 9 of the Education Act 1996, the general principle that children will be educated in accordance with their parents’ wishes, with a duty on the local authority to specify the parent’s preferred school in a child’s education, health and care plan (EHCP) if it is considered suitable for their needs, offers “efficient” education and avoids unreasonable public expenditure.

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