Round-up: Ofsted, SEND review and teacher motivation

Tes presents a round-up of the biggest education news stories and features from the past week

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Tes round-up of education news: Ofsted, SEND review and teacher motivation

Christmas lights are going up, mince pies are appearing on our shelves and, in education, things are busier than ever. 

This week Ofsted sparked huge concerns when it announced that it had been given extra funding to increase the number of inspections, and the Department for Education introduced statutory guidance on school uniforms. 

Catch-up with all you need to know here.

News

Ofsted has been given more funding to accelerate its programme of inspections to ensure that every school gets a visit by the summer of 2025.

However, the inspectorate – under chief executive Amanda Spielman – is continuing to face questions about whether it should be doing routine inspections during the Covid pandemic.

The government has been unable to say how many pupils and staff in schools have been identified as Covid contacts this term, a Tes investigation has found.

Schools in England will be required to help keep uniform costs down by taking steps to remove unnecessary branded items from next autumn.

Local councils will now be able to recommend that masks are warn in schools across their area without needing central government approval.

 

Features

If teachers have found themselves feeling less engaged with their work than normal amid all the stress of the pandemic, they’re not alone, says motivational expert Sharath Jeevan, who shares five tips to help leaders re-energise their staff – and, in turn, their pupils

Now that the COP26 climate change conference has finished, schools are facing major calls to increase their sustainability – but where should they begin?

The government's long-awaited SEND review needs to make major changes on equity, consistency and transparency to truly make a difference, writes Chris Rossiter

Audio feedback has huge pastoral potential for students, especially for those with dyslexia. Here's how to introduce it in your classroom

From what you should be doing in your day-to-day role to how to react to "the call", this checklist has everything you need for an Ofsted deep dive

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