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Last week a major announcement revealed measures to postpone Ofsted, suspend school league tables and make adjustments to exams and testing. After weeks of speculation over what this could involve, an announcement was a relief for staff, but it is also clear that the measures don’t go far enough. We asked school leaders how they felt about the measures.
Northumberland based PR and design agency Fusion PR has donated to support schools in the region who are providing food for their students and local communities.
Schools minister Nick Gibb and Chief Regulator at Ofqual Dame Glenys Stacey took questions on exams in 2021 from the Education Select Committee on Tuesday. Both were questioned by the chair of the committee, Robert Halfon MP, about grade inflation, and whether or not this was likely to do anything to address the disadvantage gap.
After months of uncertainty the Department for Education has finally released measures for 2021 exams in England, providing direction for staff and students. The measures include adjustments for exams, postponement of Ofsted inspections and cancellation of KS1 SATs.
Schools North East and the North East Child Poverty Commission held a virtual panel this week to discuss the disadvantage gap in our region and the impact that the Covid pandemic is having on this issue.
The Education Select Committee continued its inquiry into left behind white pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds on Tuesday taking evidence from a range of organisations. As in previous sessions, the importance of place was emphasised.
The annual SBM conference is an important event in the Schools North East calendar, allowing School Business Professionals to step back from the day-to-day, connect with colleagues and collaborate on the most important issues that affect their roles.
Despite repeated calls for the Government to take decisive action on exams and testing this year, no plans have been announced, causing growing concern for school staff.
Education ministers including the Secretary of State took departmental questions from MPs on Monday. Questions were asked on a range of issues, but focussed on the continuing impact and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Pupils at a Primary School in Ashington have quizzed their way into the Top 100 in a nationwide maths competition to find the country’s ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’.
Sedgefield Community College, which is part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust, has been named The Sunday Times North East State Secondary School of the Decade by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide, published in The Sunday Times and online this Sunday, November 29.