• Pressure grows for uni admissions change as 2 in 3 students back post-qualification applications

    Ministers are under growing pressure to introduce post-qualification applications for university after research found most students believe applying after receiving their results would be fairer. A study by the Sutton Trust into reforming university admissions found that 66 per cent of just over 500 students surveyed in September felt a post-qualification approach would be fairer

    0.01 Oct. 29th, 2020 | News

  • Catch-up funding could be nearly 'wiped out' by Covid safety costs, warns ASCL

    Funding for pupil catch-up support could be nearly “wiped out” by the costs schools face in making their sites safe, a leaders’ union has warned. The government has so far refused to reimburse schools for the cost of preventative measures, despite insisting on increased cleaning and efforts to keep protective “bubbles” apart. ASCL is urging

    15.28 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • HSE spot check call handlers are not health and safety experts

    Spot checkers calling to review schools’ covid procedures are not health and safety experts. Schools Week understands this has heightened unions’ concerns that the calls are going to put additional strain on school staff during coronavirus. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks over the phone to review school’s measures taken

    18.06 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Ofqual accused of 'scapegoating' heads' union over deflated grades fall-out

    Ofqual has been accused of trying to “scapegoat” a headteachers’ union amid the fall-out over deflated grades. The regulator has been facing challenges to offer an appeal route for schools that followed advice to mark down their own teacher grades in line with historical results. Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and

    15.42 Sep. 15th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Education unions call for 'urgent' inquiry into grades fiasco

    Unions representing hundreds of thousands of school staff have demanded an independent inquiry into the exam grades fiasco. Teaching unions the National Education Union and NASUWT, along with leadership unions NAHT and ASCL, have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson calling for an “urgent and independent” inquiry into the process of awarding A-levels, GCSEs and

    16.50 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News

  • Heads reissue calls for a plan B as PM says September reopening a 'national priority’

    The government has again been warned it must have a plan B in place for September school reopenings, in case a second national shutdown is needed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a coronavirus briefing today that welcoming all pupils back to school from the start of the Autumn term should be a “national priority”.

    14.37 Jul. 31st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Final schools reopening decision 'to be made on May 28'

    Ministers will make the final decision on whether to press ahead with its schools reopening plan on May 28, a union leader has revealed. Geoff Barton (pictured above left), the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the government will “review the latest science” next Thursday, and that the return of

    10.09 May. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Schools face logistical problems just to ensure pupils travel safely

    Schools are facing logistical problems just to ensure pupils get to the school gates safely without coming into close contact with others. That includes making sure pupils avoid walking in “clusters” to school, along with road safety – particularly around the school gates – should car journeys increase. Meanwhile there are fears that reports of

    15.00 May. 15th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Heads can refuse to reopen schools if they don’t think it's safe, say leadership unions

    Headteachers can refuse to reopen their schools to more pupils if they don’t believe they can do so safely, leadership unions have warned. The National Association of Head Teachers and the Association of School and College Leaders, which between them represent tens of thousands of senior and middle leaders, said the final decision on whether

    13.03 May. 11th, 2020 | News

  • EPI: Suspend Ofsted inspections until 2021 and launch retired teacher volunteer scheme

    Suspending Ofsted inspections until next year and asking retired teachers to volunteer would help disadvantaged pupils “catch up” when schools reopen, a think tank has suggested. Education Policy Institute researchers warn poorer children could fall “seriously” and further behind as a result of school closures and disruption to the economy, wiping out over a “decade’s

    0.01 May. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Government must say why it wants to reopen schools, say heads

    The government must explain why it wants to reopen schools in order to build “confidence and agreement” in its plans, headteachers have said. Leadership union ASCL has published a summary of its members’ responses to questions posed by the Department for Education about the reopening of schools. The document reveals the government is considering plans

    16.20 May. 4th, 2020 | News