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.read more
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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.read more
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.read more
The parliamentary week began with Education Oral Questions in the House. One notable outcome was that the Education Secretary said the Government were keen to introduce their proposed system post-qualification admissions, even without the need for legislation.read more
The Second Reading of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill took place in the House of Lords. Although the Bill was largely well-received from all sides, opposition parties made it clear there was a lot of work to be done to make sure it’s fit for purpose. The question of choice at age 16 was raised, as were the new powers for the Secretary of State and IFATE.read more