• Renewed calls for mandatory sprinklers after schools destroyed

    Fire chiefs are again calling for sprinklers to be made mandatory for new and refurbished schools after two devastating fires over the weekend. Two schools in Derbyshire were left severely damaged from the blazes, with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service saying neither had sprinklers fitted. The pupils are now being educated remotely while the council

    16.40 Oct. 5th, 2020 | News

  • Facebook targets teachers urging them to 'request help” for any school supplies

    Facebook has urged teachers to use its social media platform to request help if they need school supplies.  The social media giant told Schools Week that this was part of a one-week pilot campaign in the US, UK and Canada to reach teachers who might need support. But teachers said the post, which appeared at

    5.00 Oct. 4th, 2020 | News

  • Staff and pupils recommended to layer up as schools work to keep classrooms ventilated

    Staff and pupils are being told to layer up as schools struggle to keep classrooms both ventilated for covid safety and warm during dropping temperatures. Unions are urgently seeking updated information on how schools should manage the winter period with windows and doors open, with heads predicting heating costs could double.  The Health and Safety

    13.00 Oct. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • Secondary schools swell to accommodate baby bulge as pressure on primaries fades

    The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools has grown for the fifth year in a row, as a baby bulge seen in the early-2000s continues to make its way from primary. New data published by the government today shows the number of secondary school pupils rose to 3.41 million in January, up 81,300 on

    10.12 Jun. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Pressure mounts on ministers as study shows fifth of pupils do no schoolwork at home

    Children not in school during the lockdown have been spending an average of 2.5 hours a day doing schoolwork, new research suggests. According to the UCL Institute of Education, which conducted the study, the figure is around half that suggested by previous research, “implying that learning losses are much greater than previously thought”. One fifth

    10.20 Jun. 15th, 2020 | News

  • Schools told they can't claim back costs of preventative cleaning

    The government’s exceptional costs reimbursement scheme must be extended to cover preventative measures as school reopen in the coronavirus outbreak, headteachers’ unions have said. Leaders of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) told Schools Week the scope of the scheme drawn up by the Department

    15.00 Jun. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Pressure on government grows for September schools plan

    The government is under increasing pressure to produce a proper coronavirus plan for schools, particularly the renewed pledge to get all pupils back in school by September. The fall-out follows the government dropping its “ambition” this week to get all primary pupils back to school before the summer. Critics from across the political spectrum have

    5.00 Jun. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Schools need to know 2021 exam plans before summer, says Ofqual chief

    Schools need to know what’s happening with next year’s exams “before the summer break ideally”, the head of the qualifications regulator has acknowledged. Sally Collier, the chief regulator of Ofqual, told the Parliamentary education committee this morning that a consultation process on plans for next year will start “in the coming weeks”. “Schools and teachers,

    11.12 Jun. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Just 52% of primary schools reopened to more pupils last week, DfE data shows

    Just over half of of primary schools reopened to more pupils last week, official government figures show. Attendance data from around 18,500 educational settings shows just 52 per cent of schools that normally educate nursery, reception or years 1 or 6 pupils welcomed back at least one of those year groups last Thursday, June 4.

    12.48 Jun. 9th, 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: Schools expected to deliver food parcels when more pupils return

    Schools will be expected to make food parcels available for delivery or collection instead of using the national voucher scheme when more pupils go back from Monday.  Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed schools can begin a phased reopening from Monday as the government’s five tests on the coronavirus outbreak were being met. In updated

    10.36 May. 29th, 2020 | News