Ditch the car and transform the school run

16 September 2020

Several transport and environmental charities have come together to appeal to families to transform the school run so that all pupils can get to school via climate-safe, healthy modes of travel.

Grammar schools must not discriminate against disabled children

15 September 2020

Following a successful legal challenge by a disabled child, funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), all grammar schools in England have been warned not to discriminate against disabled children during this year’s 11+ entry exams.

Coronavirus, self-isolation and sick pay

9 September 2020

Setting out his action plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, on 4 March, in the Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that emergency legislation would be introduced to ensure that workers will get statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day off work, not the fourth.

Guidance to support reformed Early Years Foundation Stage

7 September 2020

Reception teachers returning to the classroom at ‘early adopter’ schools this week will, according to the Department for Education (DfE), benefit from improved curriculum and assessment as part of the reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Chancellor says the recovery is all about jobs

3 September 2020

The Prime Minister recently said that the way out of the coronavirus crisis was to “Build, build, build”. Now Chancellor Rishi Sunak has made it clear that the Treasury sees the way ahead has being defined by keeping as many people as possible in work.

Lockdown pupils are three months behind

2 September 2020

Teachers estimate that their pupils are three months behind in their learning, according to a new report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

Government criticised for last-minute guidance

1 September 2020

Schools have been waiting for more information on what they should do during virus outbreaks and local lockdowns (“Plan B” as it has been dubbed) but the timing of its publication has angered headteachers and unions.

Payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

27 August 2020

People on low incomes, who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of Covid-19, are to benefit from a new payment scheme, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced.