The Government announced all students yet to return to campus and in-person teaching will be able to do so from 17 May at the earliest – in line with Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap. Russell Group’s chief executive, Dr Tim Bradshaw described the decision to delay the full return to HE as “a major blow”.read more
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This week, Ofsted was ordered to investigate schools’ safeguarding policies. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced that the education watchdog will undertake an “immediate review” of child protection plans in both state and private schools across England. The review comes in the wake of pressure from the Labour Party following over 8,000 reports of sexual harassment and abuse within schools on a website for survivors.read more
The focus for many in education remains the awarding of grades this summer. Ofqual has attempted to clamp down on external pressure on teachers to influence the grades that they award their pupils this summer through guidance.read more
The week began with a Petitions Committee Debate on the impact of COVID-19 on education. Labour used the platform to call on the government to put plans for 2022 exams in place.read more
On Monday, children in England returned to school, after months of enforced home-schooling. The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said the return of lessons was part of a “cautious and careful roadmap” and that schools “will be remaining open”.read more