• SEND review won't be out until 2021, says Williamson

    A landmark review into provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities won’t be published until next year, Gavin Williamson has said. The education secretary admitted in April that work on the review has stalled because of the coronavirus outbreak, and confirmed today that the report will now not be published until “the early

    13.36 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson's education committee exams hearing: 5 things we learned

    The education secretary faced questions about this year’s exams fiasco and the reopening of schools when he appeared in front of the Parliamentary education committee this morning. Gavin Williamson’s appearance in front of MPs follows a hearing last week with leaders from exams regulator Ofqual. Here’s what we learned from him.   1. DfE looking

    13.16 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson: Covid is an 'opportunity' to drive education reforms

    Innovations in education seen during the coronavirus pandemic such as blended learning should have a “lasting impact” beyond the next two years, the education secretary has said. Gavin Williamson told a webinar organised by the Foundation for Education Development this morning that the pandemic had presented an “opportunity to make the changes that need to

    11.10 Sep. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Education unions call for 'urgent' inquiry into grades fiasco

    Unions representing hundreds of thousands of school staff have demanded an independent inquiry into the exam grades fiasco. Teaching unions the National Education Union and NASUWT, along with leadership unions NAHT and ASCL, have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson calling for an “urgent and independent” inquiry into the process of awarding A-levels, GCSEs and

    16.50 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson 'should go' says Institute for Government think tank

    Gavin Williamson should follow the lead of his most senior civil servant and step down, the influential Institute for Government think tank has said. In an unusual move, the independent organisation which campaigns for more effective government, directly called for Williamson to step down, saying misjudgments made in education “have been some of the worst

    23.23 Aug. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson apologises to pupils ahead of A-level results day

    The education secretary has apologised to “every single child right across this country” for the disruption they have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, as schools brace for a chaotic A-level results day tomorrow. In an interview with the BBC, Gavin Williamson said he was “deeply sorry” that the government had had to take actions including

    22.52 Aug. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson wants whole-class 'bubbles' from September

    The government will look into expanding “bubbles” in schools to include whole classes so all pupils can return in September. Gavin Williamson delivered today’s Downing Street press briefing, and fielded a number of questions about the government’s plans for the reopening of schools in the next academic year. Boris Johnson, the prime minister, said earlier

    17.49 Jun. 19th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson backs national online tutoring pilot

    The government has backed a national online tutoring pilot that will see hundreds of disadvantaged pupils receive free tuition from university undergraduates, but it will reach fewer youngsters than originally hoped. Schools Week revealed last month that four education charities were in talks with ministers about plans to test whether one-on-one tutoring could help narrow

    0.01 Jun. 3rd, 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: 8 things we learned from Gavin Williamson on plans to reopen schools

    Gavin Williamson has defended plans to begin the phased reopening of schools on June 1, hitting out at the “scaremongering” of those raising concerns. Summoned by MPs to the House of Commons to face questions about the proposal today, Williamson said the plans are a “sensible and responsible” approach to getting more children back to

    14.11 May. 13th, 2020 | News

  • 'There's still challenges' - Williamson grilled over FSM voucher scheme

    The government still faces “some challenges” over its national free school meals voucher system, the education secretary has admitted, despite the scheme now entering its fourth week of operation. Gavin Williamson appeared in front of the Parliamentary education committee today. Here’s what we learned.   1. ‘Big challenges’ of FSM voucher scheme MPs grilled Williamson

    13.12 Apr. 29th, 2020 | News