Ofqual updates consultation on exam grading and assessment in 2020

19 June 2020

We reported recently that Ofqual had completed a public consultation into how it should enable students to receive their qualification grades, given the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (see “Ofqual confirms qualification arrangements”).

Free school meals during the summer holidays

17 June 2020

Having previously said that the free school meals scheme would finish at the end of the summer term, the Government has changed its mind following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford among others.

Ofsted wins landmark prosecution case

16 June 2020

HM Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has described it as an unprecedented conviction sending out a strong message after a school, prohibited from admitting more students, was found in breach of its operating conditions and fined at Luton Magistrates' Court.

Study launched to monitor Covid-19 in schools

10 June 2020

The Government has launched a new voluntary Covid-19 study to assess and monitor the prevalence of Covid-19 among pre-school, primary and secondary school pupils and teachers in England.

Schools given flexibility over whether to admit more pupils

9 June 2020

When Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at the first of this week’s Downing Street COVID-19 briefings that secondary schools in England may not fully reopen until September at the earliest, it was clear that the Government was being forced into a change of plan.