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  • Highlights of week ending 28 May 2021

    In its report looking the support for children’s education in the dace of the pandemic, the Public Accounts Committee said that the Department for Education had ‘no plan’ for the challenges of COVID-19, despite being involved in a 2016 cross-government pandemic exercise. When closing schools in 2020, the DfE ‘set no standards for in-school or remote learning’. Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said that the pandemic ‘has further exposed the ugly truth about the children living in poverty and disadvantage’.

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  • Highlights of week ending 21 May 2021

    We saw the Skills and Post-16 Bill begin its passage through Parliament, starting life in the House of Lords. The aim of the Bill is to bring greater parity between further and higher education and deliver the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee set out earlier this year.

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  • Highlights of week ending 7 May 2021

    Ofqual has confirmed that students who receive a teacher assessed grade this summer in GCSE, AS or A-Level will be able to sit exams in the same subject in the autumn with no adaptations to exam papers to account for learning loss. The qualifications offered to any pupil that sits exams in the autumn will be determined by performance in an exam with no teacher assessment involved in the calculation.

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