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DfE forks out £5m for Covid inquiry lawyers

The department has contracted a global legal firm based in Manchester for five years

Schools Week Reporter
Schools Week Reporter
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
Covid

Vacancies for some school leader roles up 85% on pre-Covid rates

Data also suggests more teaching vacancies have been advertised in the last five months than in any of the…

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker


Covid

One in four pupils were persistently absent in autumn 2021

Changes to isolation rules reduced Covid-related absence, but illness drove a rise in other absences

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Williamson provided wine and mince pies for DfE lockdown Xmas party

Sue Gray report finds 50 staff were invited to the ‘festive drinks’ – organised days in advance

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Covid, Schools

Another procurement legal row emerges as DfE ‘under stress’

At least three major outsourcing contracts from the DfE have been at the centre of legal challenges

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Covid

Reception pupils falling behind after pandemic, warns EEF

Experts warn of ‘particularly concerning’ drop in early years development

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Covid inquiry chair wants to investigate impact on children

The UK’s public Covid inquiry chair wants to expand her remit to investigate how children and young people were…

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Covid

Half of pupils kept wearing masks after January guidance change

Most secondary pupils felt face coverings should be mandatory

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker

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DfE threatened with legal action over ‘unlawful’ Covid attendance rules

The government is being threatened with legal action if it fails to update attendance guidance for vulnerable children and…

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department…

Tom Belger
Tom Belger