As pupils return to the classroom this week, the Department for Education (DfE) is promising that thousands of new air filters and further temporary measures will be introduced to protect face-to-face education and minimise disruption.
We reported in August 2021 that the Home Office had decided that digital right to work (RTW) checks, allowed during the coronavirus pandemic, could continue to be used into the new year (see Digital Right to Work checks to stay until April 2022).
The educational standards regulator has been asked by the Government to inspect all schools and further education (FE) providers by summer 2025, to give a quicker assessment of how well education is recovering from the pandemic.
Ofsted has published data on school inspections carried out since the start of term, which shows that the overall grade profile for schools has improved in comparison with the period prior to the pandemic.
Following a consultation launched in February 2020, the exams regulator has decided to replace the current guidance on Condition A8 in its General Conditions of Recognition with regard to preventing malpractice and maladministration.