Covid

Masks back in class at Oasis schools as other trusts weigh similar move

Oasis said other academy trusts were also considering going beyond DfE guidance to tackle Omicron

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Covid savings fuel record turnaround in maintained school finances

Lower energy and exam costs saved schools millions during lockdowns

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Teacher pay

Zahawi asks STRB for two-year pay plan to help achieve £30k salary pledge

Education secretary tells pay review body he wants a ‘significant uplift’ to starting salaries

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

DfE worried own catch-up plan ‘insufficient’ to fix learning loss

Official documents reveal DfE predicted earlier this year its recovery efforts could fail

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies

DfE lets Harris and Oasis off the hook for £9.4m academy sponsor contributions

The government has written off cash owed as collection efforts have been ‘exhausted’

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Politics

DfE top boss handed £278k payout to leave after exams fiasco

Jonathan Slater had just eight months left in post, but was pushed out in spate of perm sec departures

Tom Belger
Tom Belger


Schools

400 schools sign up to take collective action against SIMS

However the DfE has given schools the green light to proceed with sign-up

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

DfE looks to ex-teachers to fill Covid staffing gaps

Leaders also asked to ‘use their own networks to encourage sign-up’

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Exams

Just 195 of 5.7m teacher grades changed after exam board reviews

Just 195 of 5.7 million GCSE and A-level teacher assessed grades (TAGS) were changed after being reviewed by exam…

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Ofsted

Attendance a ‘stubborn concern’, and 4 more findings from Ofsted recovery research

Many schools have introduced a ‘recovery curriculum’ to aid catch-up

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Fines for school absence plummet by 86 per cent

The government wants councils and schools to ramp up enforcement

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

DfE extends Covid workforce fund until Feb half-term

The scheme was reintroduced last month amid rising rates

James Carr
James Carr

Must read

Covid

DfE threatened with legal action over ‘unlawful’ Covid attendance rules

The government is being threatened with legal action if it fails to update attendance guidance for vulnerable children and…

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department…

Tom Belger
Tom Belger