In one respect, this week is the calm before the storm as we await the Chancellor’s Spending Review. We’ve had a preview of things to come as speculation suggests a public sector pay freeze (NHS exempt) is on the way. Unions have shared their displeasure.read more
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It’s been an explosive week as summer 2021 exams dominated education news.read more
As many parts of society entered lockdown once again, schools, colleges and universities remained open, and will be following new government guidance including mandatory face masks in secondary schools.read more
The week ended with the publication of latest instalment of the government’s long running review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below.read more
Ministers in Westminster made their move on exams in England, delaying them for three weeks, following last week’s news of the cancellation of National 5 exams (GCSE equivalent) in Scotland. The government’s message is clear, exams are the “best and fairest form of assessment”. Details will be developed over the coming weeks. On the skills front, the government announced the end of the National Retraining Scheme. It will be integrated into the National Skills Fund (consultation expected soon) following a pilot programme and an aim to “reduce complexity” in the skills system. We also saw the publication of the latest Employer Skills Survey, thought it came with the warning that results reflect a very different world to today. The pandemic has thrust digital learning to the forefront of the education agenda and this week the OfS outlined its work to maintain quality in this area. The IPPR has put out a report making recommendations around the government’s digital strategy in schools. And our very own Sharon Hague has written about online learning as part of a blog on the new normal in schools.read more