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  • Highlights of week ending 23 July 2021

    The pre-recess buzz continued this week, with a variety of announcements and publications. Schools Minister Nick Gibb has been busy, telling MPs about the awarding of qualifications this year, and the plans for next summer. He also gave a speech to the SMF on raising school standards.

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  • Highlights of week ending 16 July 2021

    This week was a particularly busy one across the sector, with the expected influx of pre-recess announcements featuring reforms to Level 3 qualifications, further measures for skills provision, and proposals regarding exam arrangement for 2022.

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  • Highlights of week ending 9 July 2021

    Gavin Williamson confirmed this week that the Government would be lifting “swathes of [COVID-19 related] restrictions” across education settings as part of step 4 from 19 July. This includes ‘bubbles’ ending, social distancing no longer being necessary, and schools will not need to stagger start and finish times.

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  • Highlights of week ending 2 July 2021

    Ministers are looking to burst school bubbles as early as 19 July, as recent attendance figures show over 375,000 are missing out on classroom time due to Covid-related absences. Labour’s Kate Green tabled an urgent question on the matter in the House, where the Education Secretary indicated he was keen to see the restriction lifted soon.

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