Survey asks schools if they are ready for budget squeeze

School business managers, headteachers, bursars and governors in schools across England are being urged to take part in the third annual National School Procurement Survey (NSPS15).

The survey – run by the national register of education suppliers - will aim to provide a national picture of how schools are preparing for a predicted budget squeeze between now and 2020. The squeeze is expected to arise from a combination of increases in national insurance and pension contributions, rising pupil numbers and an anticipated government freeze on real terms funding increases.

No Nonsense Spelling

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In 2014, 24% of children failed to leave primary school with level 4 or above in their KS2 assessments in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Performance in this area lags significantly behind that in reading, where only 11% fail to achieve level 4. In light of this, teachers are looking for solutions to improve standards of spelling at KS2.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment now approved by DfE for delivery in September 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) as one of three approved suppliers of the new reception baseline assessment for use by schools in September 2015.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is a face-to-face resource-based assessment with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists. Everything you need to conduct the assessment is included in the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment pack and no additional training is required for Early Years practitioners to administer the assessment.

Charity prepares for new awareness week

The Macular Society is preparing for the start of its first ever awareness week, which launches on Monday.

The week, which will help to raise the profile of one of the biggest causes of sight loss in the developed world, is being launched in partnership with Vision Express, will take place from 6 – 12 July this year.

Groups, members and optometrists across the UK will be joining in a host activities throughout the week to help raise awareness of the condition, which can have a devastating effect on the lives of those affected.

More time for UK children to get creative with National Pet Month competition

National Pet Month is giving UK children even more time this summer to express their love for animals by extending the deadline for its fun schools competition.

The nation’s youngsters now have until Friday, July 17 to get creative through their poetry or art and show just how much animals mean to them.

In this year’s competition National Pet Month is looking for the best pet pictures from Key Stage 1 and poem from Key Stage 2, with both winners receiving a fantastic prize.

Michael Bellingham, Chairman of National Pet Month said: “Children love talking and learning about animals and our annual schools’ competition is a fabulous way to encourage creativity using a subject they’ll love.