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Relief as Government’s Step 4 plans to remove bubbles in schools

Relief as Government’s Step 4 plans to remove bubbles in schools (9th July, 2021)

The Secretary of State for Education has announced the removal of bubbles in schools as part of their step 4 plan which is intended to begin on 19th July. It looks likely that this will be sustained for the new school year as the narrative of “no going back” is being pushed from the Prime Minister and the new Health Secretary.

Children and young people at the heart of decisions, says new Ofqual Chief Regulator

Children and young people at the heart of decisions, says new Ofqual Chief Regulator (9th July, 2021)

On Tuesday, the government’s preferred candidate for Chief Regulator of Ofqual, Jo Saxton, faced a pre-appointment hearing with the House of Commons’ Education Select Committee.

Inspirational Sunderland school honoured in prestigious UK celebration of teaching

Inspirational Sunderland school honoured in prestigious UK celebration of teaching (9th July, 2021)

Selected from thousands of nominations, Hudson Road Primary School has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Hudson Road Primary School was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.

Pressures grow for reform of Covid processes amid rises in Covid-related absences

Pressures grow for reform of Covid processes amid rises in Covid-related absences (2nd July, 2021)

In the past few weeks, rising Covid cases have led to significant disruption in schools, leading to calls for change in how schools respond to positive cases. The most recent attendance data shows that Covid-related pupil absence in state-funded schools (adjusted for year 11-13 pupils not expected to attend) was 5.1% on 24 June. This is up from 3.3% on 17 June and 1.2% on 10 June.