Schools

Government withholds SEND bailouts as councils told to fill £269m hole

Some DfE bailout payments were delayed as councils failed to hit agreed targets, while all councils are being told...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

Ofsted warns new ‘coasting schools’ powers could fuel ‘quick fixes’

DfE will plough on with ordering more schools to academise or join new trusts, despite fears reforms will hit...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

1 in 3 teachers says year 9s don’t get regular music lessons

Poll also shows 2 in 5 primary pupils lack access to free instrument teaching as DfE sets out new...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

Middlesbrough gets help to tackle absences

Tackling persistent absence has become a key priority for ministers after rates soared during the pandemic

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Ofqual chief admits exam board mistakes caused ‘distress’

Chief regulator Jo Saxton also told school leaders handwriting is 'here to stay', and warn they face worse results...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Long Covid affects 1 in 20 secondary pupils, study suggests

Pupils with symptoms 12 weeks or more after getting Covid are also more likely to suffer mental health problems

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

DfE wants schools to find £1bn savings to cover rising bills

The DfE also vowed to help schools cut energy and water use, fund more finance training and improve flood...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Exams

Schools brace for Covid exams disruption as pupil anxiety rises

Invigilator shortages, requests to sit exams in separate rooms and Covid infections cause major headache for heads, says union

James Carr
James Carr
Schools

DfE to let councils invest absence fines in attendance support

The DfE has also published more prescriptive guidance for schools, trusts and councils on attendance policies

Tom Belger
Tom Belger