• Coronavirus: Concerns as school pupils seek supermarket jobs

    Pupils who believe they have already passed their GCSEs and A-levels and have been trying to get supermarket and “gig economy” jobs before the end of the school year, a prominent school leader has warned. Martyn Oliver, chief executive of the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said participation in online learning among year 11s and year

    17.11 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Special QTS arrangements do not give trainees 'free pass'

    Trainee teachers must not receive a “free pass” under the new system for awarding qualified teacher status, new guidance has warned. The Department for Education has published new advice for initial teacher training providers, which expands on a policy statement issued last month. School closures and social distancing rules implemented by the government have led

    14.33 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Safeguarding fears over DfE's list of online resources

    The Department for Education has today released a list of free online resources to aid pupils’ learning as they work from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.  However education suppliers have criticised the “lack of tender process” for the list – adding they are not aware of any “checks on resilience, safeguarding, data protection or other

    12.03 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools can only claim back if extra spend 'threatens financial stability'

    Schools will only be able to claim back for extra cash spent on covering coronavirus-issues if they are unable to meet the additional costs from their existing resources. New government guidance today has also confirmed that the level of funding paid back to schools to cover such costs will be capped at £75,000 for the

    10.17 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • DfE says Easter holiday FSM funding is one-off

    The government has announced it will reimburse schools that have paid for free school meals for children out of school over the Easter break – but the support won’t be rolled-out over future holiday periods. In updated guidance released today the Department for Education has stated “free school meals should be offered to eligible pupils

    10.15 Apr. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: School closures play 'marginal' role in containing COVID-19

    School closures will only have a “marginal” impact in containing the spread of COVID-19, according to a new study. A review led by University College London and published today in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health found school closures “do not appear to have a significant effect on the spread of infections during coronavirus outbreaks

    23.30 Apr. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Schools offer to stay open until 9.30pm to support key workers

    Schools in one region are offering to operate between 6am and 9.30pm to provide care for children of key workers as “pressure ramps up” during the coronavirus pandemic.  Across Stoke-on-Trent, 10 of the city’s 100 schools have lengthened their opening hours from today to provide safe care for children of NHS workers, firefighters and police. 

    17.28 Apr. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Admission appeal panels could be held by phone or video call

    The government is considering allowing admission appeals to be heard by telephone or video call, after a senior official said appeal panels should not meet during the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to councils, national schools commissioner Dominic Herrington said that “given the current restrictions we do not consider it is sensible to go ahead with

    11.39 Apr. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Universities’ unconditional offers moratorium extended

    A moratorium on unconditional university offers has been extended for another two weeks as regulators deal with the fallout of summer exam cancellations.  Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, previously introduced a two-week moratorium on the practice to stop a “potentially dangerous scramble” by institutions to switch pupils’ offers. The moratorium was due to end on

    10.30 Apr. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Schools and councils step up to feed pupils over Easter

    Schools, councils and academy trusts are delving into their own finances to make sure poorer pupils stuck at home during Easter continue to get free meals. The Department for Education finally launched a national scheme this week to provide £15 weekly vouchers for pupils entitled to free school meals. Our conclusion was that it’s our

    15.55 Apr. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Teachers say a special ‘thank you’ to NHS heroes

    Teachers have joined the hundreds of thousands of people volunteering to help the NHS to say “thank you” to “incredible” hospital staff whose care has transformed their own lives. The Royal Voluntary Service last week appealed for 250,000 volunteers to help with the NHS coronavirus response. The target was reached within 24 hours, and at

    5.00 Apr. 5th, 2020 | News