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Discussion about the novel GCSE attainment measure set out in the Schools White Paper. One implication is that the target seeks to improve attainment across the whole range of achievement. https://ffteducationdatalab.org.uk/2022/03/why-has-dfe-chosen-such-an-unusual-measure-as-its-gcse-target-in-the-new-white-paper/

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Teacher vacancies at a five-year high in secondary schools and, overall, are significantly up on March 2020. Data from the same source shows a significant increase in headteacher vacancies. https://www.tes.com/magazine/news/general/secondary-school-teacher-vacancies-five-year-high

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School leaders are concerned about free covid-19 testing ending when levels of absence in schools are still very high. https://www.sec-ed.co.uk/news/reckless-in-the-extreme-school-leaders-issue-free-testing-plea-ascl-naht-attendance-pupils-isolation-covid-coronavirus-1/

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The new president of ADCS, Steve Crockery, broadly welcomes the new schools white paper and SEND green paper. In particular, he is positive about commitments to some increase in LAs' powers to fit with their responsibilities. Overall, though, there is a gap of strategy and still a need for a good ten-year plan for children. https://schoolsweek.co.uk/steve-crocker-president-association-of-directors-of-childrens-services/ 

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