Covid

State schools in deprived areas hit hardest by staff absence

Schools report using non-teaching staff to cover lessons and almost one in 10 combine classes as Omicron disruption continues

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Plan to remove teachers’ hours cap ditched from white paper

New DfE team shelves policies drawn up by former education secretary Gavin Williamson

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Exams

Minister rejects return of key stage 3 SATs, but mulls ‘internal’ tests to boost literacy

Robin Walker ‘not sure’ that more exams are the answer to progress issues

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

DfE to pay 100% of breakfast clubs costs until August in partial U-turn

Government delays plan to make schools pay 25% of breakfast costs and expands eligibility 'in light of Covid'

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

DfE says over 550 ex-teachers answered Covid call to arms

But no figures on how many have actually rejoined classrooms missing tens of thousands of teachers

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Schools cut music and PE, and 7 other findings from DfE recovery research

Report looks at how schools coped with the impact of Covid in 2020-21

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
funding

Raid on school budgets next year as £41m council grants axed

Councils warn school improvement services and maintained schools face a financial hit, with grant cuts expected to incentivise more...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Omicron: 1 in 25 staff off with Covid as absence rate doubles

Tens of thousands of staff are off school with confirmed cases of the virus

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Politics

Profile: Stephen Morgan

Stephen Morgan is the fifth shadow schools minister in two years, and he wants the sector to know he’s...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker