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Universities pledge to end use of non-disclosure agreements

Ministers and campaigners back new pledge to end the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements within universities to silence complainants in sexual harassment cases

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP

Published 18 January 2022

Victims of sexual harassment in universities should no longer be silenced by Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), under a new...

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Reforms to encourage more students to take up language GCSEs

The government has set out plans for revised modern foreign languages GCSEs, helping to make the content more accessible for students.

From: Department for Education and Robin Walker MP

Students will study reformed language GCSEs from 2024, following government changes to make the subjects more accessible and attractive for students, and boost take up by making it clearer what they...

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Government supporting schools and colleges to provide face-to-face learning for millions of children and young people

Over 585 former teachers have already come forward to support face-to-face learning

From: Department for Education

Hundreds of former teachers have signed up with supply agencies following the Education Secretary’s call for them to temporarily return to the profession, data published (on Wednesday 12 January) shows.

Initial data from around ten per cent of supply agencies...

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Hundreds of thousands of pupils benefit from tutoring

New figures reveal over 300,000 tutoring courses began last term

From: Department for Education and Robin Walker MP

Hundreds of thousands of children across the country benefited from catch up tutoring in the first term of the academic year, new figures from the Department for Education reveal today (Tuesday 11 January).

Over 300,000 tutoring courses began last term, nearing...

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Transformational investment in children’s social care placements

More places in children’s homes for vulnerable young people along with mandatory national standards and new Ofsted accountability to end unregulated accommodation.

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Young people in care will be better protected thanks to measures announced on the 15th December to end unregulated provision – stamping out poor quality...

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Plans to develop world class teachers through high-quality training and support

The government has confirmed reforms for initial teacher training to ensure all children and young people receive an excellent education.

From: Department for Education and Robin Walker MP

Published 1 December 2021

Trainee teachers will benefit from high-quality mentoring and increased time on school placements, through government reforms to drive up teacher training...

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New measures to reduce pupil absence

Government attendance advisors to start work helping local areas and school trusts put new plans in place to increase attendance

From: Department for Education and Robin Walker MP

As part of the Education Secretary’s commitment to make school attendance his top priority, new expert attendance advisers with decades of first-hand experience are to begin work to reduce pupil absence....

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New levelling up plans to improve student outcomes

Universities to drive up standards in local schools and colleges through activities such as tutoring.

From: Department for Education , Office of the Children's Commissioner , and The Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP

Published 24 November 2021

Universities will be required to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children by driving up education standards in schools and colleges in...

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Adaptations in 2022 summer exams to ensure fairness for students

Students will sit GCSE, A and AS level exams next year with adaptations to recognise the disruption to their education.

From: Department for Education , Ofqual , and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

GCSE, AS and A level exams in England next summer will be adapted to maximise fairness and help students reach their potential.

Following a public consultation, the government and...

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UK achievements celebrated in new children's book to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Primary school children across the United Kingdom to receive a free book next year to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Primary school children across the United Kingdom will receive a book that celebrates the achievements of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth over the last 70 years.

The book will be...

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