• Council says it will back schools if they stagger return of year groups

    Lancashire County Council has promised to back schools if they choose to stagger the return of year groups this September – in defiance of ministers who say all pupils must return full-time from the start of the autumn term. But Conservative MP Robert Halfon, chair of the education select committee, said the council should be

    15.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted visits: 'Serious issues' may lead to 'immediate action'

    “Serious issues” identified during lighter-touch Ofsted visits in the autumn could result in “immediate action”, the watchdog has said. The inspectorate promised its new programme of visits, which will start in September and target mostly ‘inadequate’ schools, will be collaborative, and not about “passing judgment”. A letter setting out the outcome of discussions over back-to-school

    12.20 Jul. 8th, 2020 | News

  • Attendance rates continue to rise as proportion of reopened schools flatlines

    The proportion of schools that have reopened more widely has flatlined, but pupil attendance has continued to rise, new figures show. The Department for Education estimates that 88 per cent of primary schools and 75 per cent of secondary schools were open to at least one of the returning year groups as of last Thursday,

    12.35 Jul. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Primary art and D&T 'missing' from Oak's initial 2020-21 lesson plans

    Lessons in primary art, secondary relationships, sex and health education and design and technology do not feature in the Oak National Academy’s initial lesson plans for 2020-21. The online platform is due to publish plans for thousands of lessons today, but admitted it is still “missing some bits”, and that schools will have to wait until

    10.21 Jul. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted: New 'school visits' will allow 'appropriate challenge without passing judgment'

    Ofsted has said its new school “visits” will allow inspectors to provide “appropriate challenge” to school leaders without “passing judgement”. It was confirmed last week that proper Ofsted inspections will not start again until January next year at the earliest. But Ofsted will start to “visit” schools after the summer holidays to “reassure parents, ministers

    0.01 Jul. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Leicester's Covid-19 response thwarted by poor data

    Leicester council’s education director has said they have still do not have a breakdown by age of the children who have been infected with covid-19. The admission comes despite the city becoming the first local lockdown earlier this week amid rising case numbers, and highlights again how regional responses to outbreaks are being hindered by

    15.00 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Questions over league tables, but no Ofsted until January

    Schools are none-the-wiser about whether league tables will return next year as the government attempts a return to “business as usual” – but proper Ofsted inspections won’t resume until January. Although the government’s guidance on school reopening in September confirmed the suspension of league tables for the 2019-20 academic year, it did not do so

    7.00 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Heads must issue absence fines so poor don't 'suffer', claims Williamson

    Pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds will suffer if the government does not enforce mandatory attendance in schools, the education secretary has claimed. Responding to a question from Schools Week at the Downing Street press briefing on Thursday, Gavin Williamson said if the government did not have an expectation of “every child to be in

    5.00 Jul. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • DfE confirms September back-to-school plans

    Limits on attendance will be lifted from September, and schools will be expected to deliver their “full curriculum”, the government has confirmed. Routine Ofsted visits will also not resume until 2021 under plans for the full reopening of schools set out by Gavin Williamson today. The Department for Education has also provided new guidance for

    9.51 Jul. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • Dropping GCSEs only for 'exceptional circumstances', leaked DfE guidance states

    School leaders will be told to only allow GCSE students to drop a subject in “exceptional circumstances” next year, according to draft guidance on the reopening of schools. Leaked details of the proposals were first revealed yesterday by HuffPost UK, which reported that the guidance set out how “some pupils may have to drop some

    18.02 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Three in four secondary schools reopen to more pupils

    Almost three in four secondary schools began face-to-face support for year 10 and 12 pupils last week, while almost nine in ten primary schools had reopened more widely. The latest attendance data from the Department for Education shows 89 per cent of schools normally open to reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils had reopened

    12.52 Jun. 30th, 2020 | News