Students sitting exams and other assessments in 2021 will benefit from what Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has described as exceptional measures to make them as fair as possible and to manage the disruption caused by Covid-19.
Developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, the first Covid-19 vaccine for the UK has been given approval for use following “a thorough review” carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The Government has, in its response to the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations, confirmed the new increased rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). The NLW will increase by 2.2% from £8.72 to £8.91 and will be extended to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first time. These new rates will be effective from 1 April 2021.
In its latest briefing on Covid-19 and educational settings, the Department for Education (DfE) highlights the benefits of education far outweigh the risks of Covid-19 for children and therefore keeping settings open is a government priority.
Following a consultation on the principles that should guide its review of post-16 qualifications (see “Review of post-16 qualifications in England at level 3 and below”), the DfE has issued a call for evidence on study and qualifications at level 2 and below for students aged 16 and above.
This long-awaited government guidance confirms many of the details surrounding the extended furlough scheme, officially known as the Job Retention Scheme (JRS), suggesting that those who are serving a notice period from December may not be eligible.