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Exam changes can’t compensate for Covid hit to disadvantaged pupils, says government

Changes to next year’s exams cannot compensate for pupils’ divided experiences during the pandemic, the government has said, even...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Pupils three times more likely to be self-isolating in north-east than London

Secondary pupils in parts of northern England are more than three times as likely to miss classes while they...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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DfE raids existing budgets for a third of £4.3bn Covid spending

Almost a third of the Department for Education’s extra Covid spending will be taken from existing budgets or underspends...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Study to track Covid’s long-term impact on pupils’ life chances

A new study will track Covid’s long-term impact on the life chances of thousands of year 11 pupils. The...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Mandatory school attendance will ‘pit heads against parents’

The decision to reintroduce school attendance enforcement will “pit heads against parents” and risks costly legal action from families...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Leaders forced to cap places as school attendance rises

Primaries are being forced to cap pupil places amid soaring school attendance rates as the Covid crisis takes its...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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PM warns reopening schools faster could force Covid recovery ‘into reverse’

Boris Johnson has said it is “much better” to stick to the “prudent and cautious” approach to reopening schools...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Ministers favour priority for exam year groups if full March 8 school reopening not possible

The government wants to see exam year groups prioritised for return if a full school reopening on March 8...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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DfE knew about new strain before issuing Greenwich direction, admits top civil servant

The Department for Education knew about the highly infectious new Covid-19 variant before ordering Greenwich council to rescind its...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker