Covid

DfE forks out £5m for Covid inquiry lawyers

The department has contracted a global legal firm based in Manchester for five years

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
Schools

We can’t let slow internet speeds stifle learning

The government plans to give up to 3,000 more primary schools access to gigabit-capable broadband

Freddie Whittaker
Julia Lopez
Politics

DfE monitors staff after edict to return to the office

Senior civil servants will be able to see which employees haven't attended an office for 30 days

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Politics

‘Not enough supply staff’ to plug teacher strike gaps, warn agencies

Agencies question proposed new laws letting temporary workers fill in for striking staff

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies, Politics

We’ve heard schools bill fears, but our end goal is unchanged

Minister insists she doesn't want to 'micro-manage academies', but new intervention powers are necessary

Freddie Whittaker
Baroness Barran
Politics

Universities told to advertise drop-out rates

Government says plans will give students 'genuine choice' about where to study

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Academies, Politics

Zahawi guts his own schools bill in humiliating climbdown

The controversial new powers - including academy standards - will be revisited once a regulation review has concluded

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies

DfE launches regulatory review to ‘future proof’ academy trusts

Amanda Spielman, Leora Cruddas and trust representatives will advise Baroness Barran on accountability reforms

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Exams

AQA staff vote in favour of strike action over pay

Unison considering 'next steps' after 71% vote for industrial action it claims could disrupt exam results

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker