Department for Education: News, Training and Resources
Resources to support staff wellbeing
There is also support available to both teachers and school leaders to support your own wellbeing and address challenges around workload. This includes:
Reducing staff workload
- Developed with school leaders, the school workload reduction toolkit includes practical resources to help schools identify and address workload issues, as well as evaluating the impact of any steps you’ve taken.
Education staff wellbeing charter
- Co-created with the sector, the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter sets out shared commitments to promote, protect and enhance the wellbeing of staff. The charter can be used to create your school’s wellbeing strategy.
- Watch videos featuring staff from Bedford Academy explaining how they have used the charter to embed wellbeing at the heart of the school or read their blog with top tips.
Funded support for school leaders
- School leaders, including assistant heads, can access free one-to-one supervision and counselling, through a funded scheme delivered by the Education Support charity. This support is available to all state funded schools and trusts regardless of whether they have access to a separate employee assistance programme.
Senior mental health lead training
Find out how your school or college can apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Senior mental health lead training helps develop the knowledge and skills of school or college leaders to implement an effective whole school or college approach to promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing.
A senior member of school or college staff can apply for a grant to access DfE quality assured training. We encourage you to claim a grant before 31 March 2023 and book to attend a training course anytime in spring or summer academic terms 2023.
Find out more here.
Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All
The Schools White Paper, Opportunity for all: Strong Schools with great teachers for your child sets out plans to make sure every child can reach the full height of their potential.
Any child who falls behind in maths or English will get the support they need to get back on track. Schools will identify children who need help, provide targeted support via a range of proven methods such as small group tuition, and keep parents informed about their child’s progress.
The Parent Pledge will support the government’s Levelling Up mission for education, previously set out in the Levelling Up White Paper, for 90% of primary school children to achieve the expected standard in Key Stage 2 reading, writing and maths by 2030. In 2019, only 65% of children achieved this standard, with the covid pandemic exacerbating challenges despite the incredible work of parents and teachers during this time.
A second ambition for secondary schools aims to see the national average GCSE grade in both English language and maths increase from 4.5 in 2019 to 5 by 2030.
The Schools White Paper sets out a series of new measures to support the delivery of these ambitions, including:
- Schools will offer a minimum school week of 32.5 hours by September 2023
- Ofsted will inspect every school by 2025, including the backlog of ‘outstanding’ schools that haven’t been inspected for many years
- By 2030 all children will benefit from being taught in a school in, or in the process of joining, a strong multi-academy trust, which will help transform underperforming schools and deliver the best possible outcomes for children
- At least £100m to put the Education Endowment Foundation on a long-term footing so they can continue to evaluate and spread best practice in education across the country
If achieved, the wider benefits of pupils in 2030 meeting the Key Stage 2 and GCSE ambitions are estimated to be worth at least £30 billion each for the economy.
SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper
The Department for Education has published its green paper on SEND and alternative provision – right support, right place, right time. The online consultation closes at 11:45pm on 1 July 2022 and can be submitted here.
You can read the government press release here.
Professional development and support to help schools develop their leadership, staff and curriculum, so they can improve their results and performance.
General Teaching Practice
Support, training and resources to help schools and individuals improve teaching practice and classroom management, as well as help with reducing teacher workload.
Subject Specific Support
Training to help teachers improve their subject specialism and opportunities for schools to enrich their curriculum.
History and Culture
Professional development opportunities for aspiring, middle and senior leaders, and support for schools to build effective leadership teams
System leaders include teaching school hubs, teaching school, national leaders of education (NLEs), national leaders of governance (NLGs), local leaders of education (LLEs), specialist leaders of education (SLEs).
Support available to schools and academy trusts to help them strengthen their governance, including the recruitment of governors and board members, professional development for governors and clerks to governing boards, and support from national leaders of governance.
School Resource Management
Information, tools, training and guidance to help schools and multi-academy trusts with financial planning and resource management is also available at School resource management.