Views on exam grading and assessment needed urgently

16 April 2020

As we reported recently (see “Exams – what next?” and “Education Secretary’s instructions to Ofqual”), the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of exams planned for later this year.

New guide to UK points-based immigration system

15 April 2020

UK Visas and Immigration (part of the Home Office) has issued information to help employers prepare for the UK’s new points-based immigration system which is planned for 1 January 2021 when the UK leaves the EU and free movement will end.

Unions challenge official crisis plans for schools

13 April 2020

Two of the country’s leading trade unions have expressed misgivings about parts of the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) and the Welsh Government’s programme for dealing with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on schools and parents.

Who are the key workers whose children can still go to school?

6 April 2020

When it was announced that schools were to close (see England schools to shut until further notice), there was a rider to the effect that the children of key workers and the most vulnerable children would still be able to attend on Monday 23 March.

Education Secretary’s instructions to Ofqual

3 April 2020

In the context of the coronavirus crisis, a direction has been sent by Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about calculating summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results.

DBS to respond more quickly during COVID-19

2 April 2020

Healthcare and social care workers being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus in England and Wales, including some of those who have volunteered to help the NHS, can be checked more quickly, the Home Office has promised.