• Not enough Covid testing capacity, admits Johnson

    The government does not have enough testing capacity to keep up with current demand, the prime minister admitted. Boris Johnson told the Parliamentary liaison committee that demand for tests had “massively accelerated” in recent weeks. Schools Week revealed last week how schools had been forced to break into their limited supplies of emergency home testing

    16.11 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • 1 in 10 pupils has not returned to school, Boris Johnson admits

    More than 1 in 10 pupils have not returned to school yet, the prime minister has revealed. Boris Johnson told today’s Downing Street press briefing that “something like 89 per cent of pupils are back in school”, indicating that around 11 per cent are not. Most schools across England have now fully reopened to schools,

    17.50 Sep. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Boris Johnson claims exams fiasco has been 'sorted out'

    The fiasco over GCSE and A-level results this year has “finally been sorted out”, the prime minister has claimed. During a speech at a school in Leicestershire, Johnson told pupils their grades were “almost derailed by a mutant algorithm”, and acknowledged how “stressful” the situation must have been. The schools community is still reeling from

    13.17 Aug. 26th, 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

  • Reassure parents about safety of schools if you want them to return to work, heads tell PM

    The government must reassure parents it is safe for their children to return to school if it wants people to return to work, a headteachers’ union has said. Boris Johnson announced today that the government will be relaxing its “work from home” advice from August 1, allowing employers to decide whether to ask staff to

    13.02 Jul. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Johnson: Schools will return in September 'with full attendance'

    Schools will reopen with “full attendance” in September, the prime minister has said, as he announced a relaxation of social distancing rules in England. Boris Johnson told the House of Commons today that “primary and secondary education will recommence in September with full attendance”, adding that “those children who can already go to school, should

    13.22 Jun. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Over 1 in 10 secondary schools set to defy government's June 15 reopening plan

    More than one in ten secondary schools look set to ignore government calls to begin reopening to year 10 and 12 pupils next week. A poll by Teacher Tapp found that although over 70 per cent of state secondary school staff reported their school would open more widely next week, 13 per cent said they

    7.00 Jun. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: 50% oppose back-to-school plans as trust in government slumps

    The government’s plan for the wider reopening of schools from today is opposed by half of Britons, a new survey shows. It comes as headteachers estimate between 40 to 70 per cent of eligible pupils have returned to school today, while education secretary Gavin Williamson told schools there is “no reason” why they shouldn’t take

    17.36 Jun. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Reopening on June 1 'may not be possible for all schools' admits Johnson

    Reopening schools to pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6 “may not be possible for all schools”, Boris Johnson has admitted. The prime minister also announced that the government does not expect secondary schools to start providing face-to-face support for year 10 and 12 pupils until June 15, two weeks later than ministers initially

    23.22 May. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Test, track and trace system 'will be in place by June 1' says Boris Johnson

    The government’s test, track and trace system will be in place by June 1, Boris Johnson has said. Government scientists said yesterday that reopening schools was reliant on such a system being in place, following reports the scheme was delayed. Asked by opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer if the system would be in place by

    12.42 May. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Poorer pupils 'would miss out under PM's school funding pledge'

    Disadvantaged pupils would miss out on additional money under the prime minister’s pledge to “level up” per-pupil funding for schools, new analysis reveals. The Education Policy Institute found Boris Johnson’s plans for new minimum per-pupil funding levels “would disproportionately direct additional funding towards the least disadvantaged schools”. Johnson vowed to increase levels of funding from

    0.01 Aug. 2nd, 2019 | News