Covid

Consider ‘combining classes’ to keep pupils in school, DfE tells leaders

New guidance urges 'flexible' use of all staff to 'ensure settings remain open' amid Omicron disruption

John Dickens
John Dickens
Academies

Trusts rack up £3bn surplus, and 6 more academy sector accounts findings

The report reveals rising reserves, more spending rule breaches and more trusts under scrutiny over high pay

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Covid savings fuel record turnaround in maintained school finances

Lower energy and exam costs saved schools millions during lockdowns

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Masks back in class at Oasis schools as other trusts weigh similar move

Oasis said other academy trusts were also considering going beyond DfE guidance to tackle Omicron

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

DfE looks to ex-teachers to fill Covid staffing gaps

Leaders also asked to 'use their own networks to encourage sign-up'

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Fines for school absence plummet by 86 per cent

The government wants councils and schools to ramp up enforcement

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

DfE extends Covid workforce fund until Feb half-term

The scheme was reintroduced last month amid rising rates

James Carr
James Carr
News

Teachers urged to get booster jabs, as schools given ‘flexibility’ for January return

PM also revealed 12- to 15-year-olds can book in second jabs from Monday

James Carr
James Carr
School meals

School apologises for ‘awful’ Xmas lunch after suffering Covid staff shortages

Steyning Grammar praised for refunding parents in latest social media storm over school meals

Tom Belger
Tom Belger