Staggered return for England's secondary schools

18 December 2020

Secondary schools and colleges will operate a staggered return after the Christmas holiday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced, with all non-exam year groups offered full-time remote education.

Education Secretary offers more guidance for schools

18 December 2020

Test and exam results will not be included in performance tables this year, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said, and instead will be replaced by attendance information, student destinations and the subjects taken at key stage 4 and 5.

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

17 December 2020

Saying that he was aiming to provide certainty for millions of jobs and businesses, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the furlough scheme is to be extended until the end of April 2021 with the Government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages.

Covid-19, work-related stress and mental health survey

15 December 2020

To help improve its understanding of the impact that the coronavirus is having on employers and workers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out two surveys regarding the impact of Covid-19 on work-related stress and mental health.

Health Secretary calms fears over new coronavirus strain

15 December 2020

Addressing the House of Commons about plans to move London and parts of the South East into the strictest level of coronavirus rules (tier 3), Health Secretary Matt Hancock also reported that a new variant of coronavirus has been identified.

Keeping children safe in education

14 December 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) with a view to making changes for September 2021.

Free school meal voucher scheme

10 December 2020

The National Audit Office (NAO) has been investigating the operational effectiveness of the free school meals voucher scheme set up during the Covid-19 crisis.

Phased return for Ofsted inspections

4 December 2020

Full, graded, Ofsted inspections will not resume until the summer term, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed, although the regulator will conduct supportive monitoring inspections to those schools and colleges currently judged “inadequate” and some that “require improvement”.