• DfE extends breakfast clubs pilot over summer - but there's no extra money

    The government’s national school breakfast programme is to be extended over the summer, but there’s no extra funding available. The Department for Education announced today that the 1,800 schools taking part in the programme will be helped to continue offering breakfasts over the summer break. Charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast, which co-ordinate the national

    17.02 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Leicester's Covid-19 response thwarted by poor data

    Leicester council’s education director has said they have still do not have a breakdown by age of the children who have been infected with covid-19. The admission comes despite the city becoming the first local lockdown earlier this week amid rising case numbers, and highlights again how regional responses to outbreaks are being hindered by

    15.00 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Questions over league tables, but no Ofsted until January

    Schools are none-the-wiser about whether league tables will return next year as the government attempts a return to “business as usual” – but proper Ofsted inspections won’t resume until January. Although the government’s guidance on school reopening in September confirmed the suspension of league tables for the 2019-20 academic year, it did not do so

    7.00 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Heads must issue absence fines so poor don't 'suffer', claims Williamson

    Pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds will suffer if the government does not enforce mandatory attendance in schools, the education secretary has claimed. Responding to a question from Schools Week at the Downing Street press briefing on Thursday, Gavin Williamson said if the government did not have an expectation of “every child to be in

    5.00 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • DfE confirms September back-to-school plans

    Limits on attendance will be lifted from September, and schools will be expected to deliver their “full curriculum”, the government has confirmed. Routine Ofsted visits will also not resume until 2021 under plans for the full reopening of schools set out by Gavin Williamson today. The Department for Education has also provided new guidance for

    9.51 Jul. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • DfE looks to 2012 Olympics for inspiration on school transport plans

    The government has told schools to look to the 2012 Olympics for inspiration on how to transport children to school from September. New Department for Education guidance on the reopening of schools claims London’s hosting of the event showed it was possible to make a  “very real difference” to travel patterns. The capital introduced “games

    11.08 Jul. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • Plan to move 2021 exams to June 'little more than tinkering at the edges' - heads' leader

    A proposal to delay the start of exams until June next year amounts to “little more than tinkering at the edges of next year’s exams”, a heads’ leader has said. Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders said the proposal to start exams on June 7 “adds up to a

    9.41 Jul. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • Dropping GCSEs only for 'exceptional circumstances', leaked DfE guidance states

    School leaders will be told to only allow GCSE students to drop a subject in “exceptional circumstances” next year, according to draft guidance on the reopening of schools. Leaked details of the proposals were first revealed yesterday by HuffPost UK, which reported that the guidance set out how “some pupils may have to drop some

    18.02 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Autumn series grades to be based only on exams, Ofqual confirms

    Pupils performance in this year’s autumn exam series will be based on pupil performance in the tests alone, not on any non-exam assessment, Ofqual has confirmed. The exams regulator has published its decisions following a consultation on the autumn series, which will allow students who are not happy with their summer calculated grades to sit

    13.20 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Three in four secondary schools reopen to more pupils

    Almost three in four secondary schools began face-to-face support for year 10 and 12 pupils last week, while almost nine in ten primary schools had reopened more widely. The latest attendance data from the Department for Education shows 89 per cent of schools normally open to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils had reopened

    12.52 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Oak National Academy could collect 'basic data' on users, says chair

    The Oak National Academy could begin to collect “some basic data” about its users, its chair has said. Ian Bauckham told a Westminster Education Forum event on education technology this morning that there was a “huge level of interest in the data that we could collect”, and said the site may “move into the realm of

    12.02 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News