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21st September 2020

Pressure mounts for more COVID-19 tests as well children forced home

A new survey by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has found that four out of five schools have required children to quarantine at home because they have been unable to access COVID-19 tests. The problem, the union claims, was causing “chaos” for schools trying to return all children
21st September 2020

Teachers fear COVID-19 has already damaged 2021’s exam results

Most teachers believe that their students’ performances in 2021’s exams will be lowered due to the sheer scale of untaught lessons caused by the school closures this year, a new survey has revealed. Two-thirds (66%) of teachers based in deprived areas (which have the highest number of pupils receiving free
18th September 2020

New report: split FE sector into three to drive aspiration

An education think tank has proposed that further education (FE) colleges should be rearranged into three distinct categories to cater to different groups of learners. The EDSK think tank has suggested the novel measure in its new ‘Further Consideration’ report to address the effects of years of FE funding cuts.
18th September 2020

England’s schools suffered biggest funding cuts since 1980s between 2010 and 2020

A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reveals that state schools in England have sustained the steepest drop in funding since the 1980s. Secondary schools and those located in the poorest areas of the country have suffered the brunt of the decline. The funding cuts took place
17th September 2020

Education Secretary stands by calculated grades decision despite results fiasco

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has stood by the principal of using calculated grades to assess this year’s A-level and GCSE results. During questions from MPs sitting on the Education Select Committee, Williamson insisted that he had opted for the algorithmic moderation of teacher-assessed grades instead of allowing exams to take
17th September 2020

Government says universities should reimburse fees to disgruntled students

The government appears to have yielded to mounting pressure by announcing that university students will be entitled to tuition fee reimbursements as a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. University vice-chancellors have been pressed by students to address claims that remote learning could not justify the standard
16th September 2020

Colleges face viability crisis after years of funding cuts

A new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) warns that England’s further education (FE) and sixth form colleges face “significant challenges” to their sustainability after years of funding constraints and uncertainty. The study found that virtually half of England’s FE and sixth form colleges had needed government assistance due
16th September 2020

DfE: fewer pupils returned to school than last year

New Department for Education (DfE) figures reveal that absenteeism from schools was noticeably higher during the first week of the new academic year compared to the same time last year. 12% of children on state school rolls were absent. 88% of children from reception classes and above attended last Thursday.
15th September 2020

Schools shutting down or home-quarantining whole pupil cohorts after single positive test

Barely a fortnight into the autumn term, dozens of schools across England have sent at least one entire cohort of children home for self-quarantine or have closed down completely after just one positive COVID-19 test, the Telegraph has found. More than 30 schools in England have taken this step in
15th September 2020

Head teachers warn of more educational disruption due to COVID-19 test delays

Head teachers have warned Education Secretary Gavin Williamson that education in England may “grind to a halt” unless pressing difficulties in obtaining prompt COVID-19 test results are not quickly ameliorated. Thousands of school heads have written to Williamson alerting him to the real prospect of “partial rolling closures” of schools

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