Unusual outbreak sees cases of rare monkeypox infection in UK

23 May 2022

Mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa, and first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, monkeypox has suddenly appeared in 14 countries with, for the first time, the virus being found in people with no clear connection to the usual countries of origin.

Government responds to consultation on teacher misconduct

16 May 2022

In February we reported on the launch of a public consultation seeking views on proposed revisions to the Teaching Regulation Agency’s (TRA’s) guidance Teacher Misconduct: the Prohibition of Teachers (see Regulating the teaching profession).

Ofqual discusses grading ahead of 2022 exams

16 May 2022

Ofqual’s chief regulator Jo Saxton has written to schools and colleges as they reach the start of the summer series, with exams and formal assessments taking place for the first summer since 2019.

Ofqual guide covers the awarding of GCSEs and AS and A levels

9 May 2022

Ofqual has republished its guide covering a range of information on the awarding of GCSEs, AS and A levels. Although the information has previously been published elsewhere, the guide brings it together to form a useful reference document for schools and colleges.

Ofsted publishes its five-year strategy

3 May 2022

Arguing that its work is more important than ever following the disruption and distress of the past two years, Ofsted has set out a strategy to continue its work to improve the lives of children and young people from 2022 to 2027.

Autistic pupils twice as likely to be excluded from school

25 April 2022

An investigation into the causes and implications of exclusion for autistic children and young people, carried out by the University of Birmingham’s Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER), found that autistic pupils are twice as likely to be regularly and unlawfully excluded from school for a fixed term than those who do not have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).