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It’s been a busy month for teacher union conferences where exam pressures, teacher workloads, funding and health issues have been among the topics raised and where Jeremy Corbyn’s call to scrap the current system of SATs attracted considerable media attention. The month has also seen consultation close on Ofsted’s proposed new inspection framework with a huge response reported and Ofqual issue its latest survey of perceptions of qualifications. Special needs funding, pupil off rolling, college oversight and the financial health of universities have each been the subject of important reports during the month while government headlines have included the launching of a new widespread Edtech strategy, a major summit on gang crime, a new consultation on internet safety, the listing of the first 12 Institutes of Technology and moves to ensure EU teachers will be able to have their qualifications recognised to work in the UKread more