Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a statement to Parliament in which he suggested that the reopening of schools may be possible from Monday 8 March, with other economic and social restrictions being removed thereafter “as and when the data permits”.
Amidst concerns that there is still no indication of when schools might reopen to all pupils, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson recently said that schools and colleges will have two weeks' notice of any plan to open more widely.
Everyone, no matter where they live or their background, will be able to gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives according to a blueprint for a post-16 education system set out in a new Government White Paper.
We reported recently that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had contacted Ofqual with regard to his decision to replace normal examinations in the year ahead (see “Exchange of letters on alternative arrangements for exams in 2021”).
An exchange of correspondence between Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Ofqual's Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus, has been published regarding the process to agree alternative arrangements for exams in 2021.