Freddie Whittaker

  • Coronavirus: Pupils won't get free school meal vouchers during Easter holidays

    A national voucher scheme aimed at keeping the poorest children fed during school closures will not run throughout the Easter holidays, the Department for Education has confirmed. The government confirmed today that it was pressing ahead with its plans to issue £15 weekly supermarket vouchers to families for pupils who would normally qualify for means-tested

    10.47 Mar. 31st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: DfE confirms plans for £15-a-week free school meal vouchers

    Six national supermarket chains have signed up to the government’s new national voucher scheme for free school meals. However the government has confirmed that vouchers will not be available during the Easter holidays – despite many schools staying open. The Department for Education has today confirmed plans, as revealed by Schools Week, to issue £15

    0.01 Mar. 31st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Don't monitor staff performance, and 6 other points from joint union guidance

    The National Education Union, National Association of Head Teachers and Association of School and College leaders have teamed up to provide their members with joint guidance on the coronavirus crisis. The joint nature of the guidance means that leaders, classroom teachers and support staff in the three unions are getting the same advice. Here are

    16.33 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Don't seek further work to support GCSE and A-level grades, union tells leaders

    Teachers and leaders “should not be seeking further work” from pupils to support their GCSE and A-level grades this year, the ASCL leadership union has said. In guidance issued to headteachers, which seeks to pre-empt an expected government announcement on plans for assessments this year, the union said priorities for pupils in years 11 and

    14.11 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: AET to spend £2m on laptops as others call for tech donations

    One of England’s largest academy trusts has said it will spend £2 million on laptops to help poorer pupils access digital learning. However, the plan by the Academies Enterprise Trust, which will involve live-streamed lessons for some pupils, could set the chain at-odds with unions, which have warned that their members cannot be expected to

    12.04 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools told to review child protection policies

    Schools have been told to review their child protection policies and warned they may have to rely on other schools’ safeguarding leads in response to the coronavirus outbreak. New guidance on safeguarding during COVID-19 has been issued by the Department for Education. It comes as schools are grappling with a new way of working, providing

    10.43 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools step up to support their suppliers

    Schools across England are stepping up to save small businesses in their supply chains by speeding up payments – with one trust asking some suppliers to invoice early for next year’s services. But although there is broad support for the move – following instructions from the government for schools to help keep their suppliers going

    5.00 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • The programme making all the difference to behaviour and exclusions

    As education charity The Difference prepares to expand its inclusive leadership training programme, Schools Week met members of this year’s cohort to find out how new ways of looking at inclusion are helping their schools – and reducing exclusions. “I think classrooms are calmer,” says Neelam Maru, who has worked at Morpeth School in east

    14.15 Mar. 27th, 2020 | Feature, News

  • Coronavirus: Exams regulator to set out details of process and timetable 'next week'

    Detailed information about how pupils will be assessed for this summer’s GCSEs and A-levels won’t be published until next week, the exams regulator has said. But schools will have to wait longer for details of how moderation and appeals will work. Ofqual said it was “rapidly working up plans” to implement the arrangements announced by

    16.20 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Help poorer children access online learning, charity begs tech firms

    Tech firms and internet providers have been asked to help poorer children get online after a survey revealed just two per cent of teachers working in the poorest communities believe all their pupils can access the internet at home. A survey of more than 6,000 teachers by Teacher Tapp found the vast majority in the

    13.34 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News

  • 'Requires improvement' schools less likely to improve under new framework

    Schools rated ‘requires improvement’ are less likely to improve under Ofsted’s new inspection framework, new data shows. The watchdog has published statistics this morning which show that just 56 per cent of ‘requires improvement’ schools inspected in the first term of the new framework improved to ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, down from 64 per cent in

    10.34 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News