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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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Testing measures to ensure young people return to classrooms

On-site Covid lateral flow tests for secondary pupils on return to school, with students and staff encouraged to test twice a week

From: Department for Education , Department of Health and Social Care , and Office of the Children's Commissioner

Published 3 January 2022

All secondary schools have been asked to provide one on-site test for pupils ahead of their return to the...

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More support to keep pupils in the classroom

Face-to-face education prioritised as it is important for pupils’ education and wellbeing

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

Published 2 January 2022

Thousands of new air filters and further temporary measures will be introduced to protect face-to-face education and minimise disruption, ahead of the pupils returning to the classroom this week....

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School funding boosted by £4bn to level up education for young people

Every pupil across England will see an increase in funding, as school budgets are set to get an additional £4bn next year.

From: Department for Education and Robin Walker MP

Published 16 December 2021

Children and young people across the country will benefit from an additional £4bn rise in funding for schools next year to help improve education and level up opportunity for...

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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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Contingency plans confirmed for GCSEs, AS and A levels

The government and Ofqual have confirmed contingency plans in the event that exams planned next summer are unable to take place.

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

Published 11 November 2021

The Department for Education and Ofqual have today (11 November) confirmed contingency plans to support students in the unlikely event that exams...

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New teaching facilities as more people enter post-16 education

£83 million investment to create extra space so schools and colleges can continue to offer places to all young people.

From: Department for Education and Alex Burghart MP

Published 9 November 2021

Teaching facilities across England will be extended and transformed for 16-19 year olds as part of a new £83 million investment in post-16 providers.

Demand is expected to...

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Ofsted launches consultation for children’s homes and residential holiday schemes

Ofsted launches consultation for children’s homes and residential holiday schemes

The consultation contains proposals on new inspection arrangements for children’s homes and residential holiday schemes.

From: Ofsted

We have launched a consultation on new arrangements for interim children’s home inspections and inspections of residential holiday schemes for disabled children...

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Ofqual seeks views on accessible assessments for students

Consultation launched on draft guidance for awarding organisations

From: Ofqual

Published 1 November 2021

Students are set to benefit from proposed Ofqual guidance on how to make exams and other assessments accessible and user-friendly for all.

We want to hear views from all interested parties - including students and those who represent them - through a...