At a glance headlines: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Grants for families in crisis, an inquiry into the role of the Regional Schools Commissioners and guidance on the Prevent Duty for schools are among the At a glance headlines for SecEd on September 3, 2015.

Grants for families

Children's grant-giving organisation, Buttle UK, is offering families living in crisis access to grants of up to £300.
This programme is designed to help ensure that children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances where their safety, health or development is at risk, still have their basic material needs met. The funding is available to provide essential items such as a bed to help a young person sleep, a washing machine so a child has clean clothes to wear to school, or a cooker to give them a hot meal.

Buttle UK is a charity which has directly supported children and young people for more than 60 years and distributes grants through the BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme.

For more information, including criteria and guidelines, visit or email

Prevent Duty

The Department for Education has published guidance to explain what the national Prevent counter-terrorism duties mean for school leaders. The short document sets out what schools must do to comply with the Prevent legislation and signposts support. Published late last term online, the DfE's guidance comes alongside a new phone line and email for schools that have concerns ( and 020 7340 7264). Visit:

New inquiry

An inquiry into the role of the new Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) has been launched by Parliament's Education Select Committee. The investigation is to focus on the role of the RSCs, whether they have adequate resources, early evidence of their impact, and their relationship with bodies such as Ofsted, local authorities and the Department for Education. MPs will also investigate their accountability. Written submissions of evidence are being invited by noon on Wednesday (September 9). Visit:

Middle leaders

A formal partnership to develop and share research and thinking around middle leadership development has been unveiled by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and charity Teaching Leaders. ASCL has more than 18,000 members, while Teaching Leaders has trained and supported a network of 1,500 middle leaders and counting. The two organisations, both of which write in SecEd regularly, will draw upon the views and expertise of these professionals to help build their research base and develop the skills of middle leaders.


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