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Review launches to future proof role of academy trusts

Will look at how government supports growth of trust sector, helping trusts improve schools

The Department for Education has today, Wednesday 29 June, launched a review of how it works with academy trusts, helping make sure the children in schools within trusts get the right support to fulfil their potential.

The review will look at the standards trusts are held to, and the...

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National Tutoring Programme simplified to reach as many pupils as possible

Plans have been set out for the next year of the National Tutoring Programme, where schools will receive funding directly to help reach pupils most in need of support.

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

Published 31 March 2022

Children and young people will benefit from more tutoring through their school from next year, with all funding going...

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One million tutoring courses delivered to help children catch up

The National Tutoring Programme has reached one million courses since it began, with new measures announced to help support even more pupils

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

One million courses have been started by children across the country through the National Tutoring Programme, the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, announced today (Friday 11 March...

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Free cyber skills training for thousands of school pupils

Free online cyber security learning rolled out across UK secondary schools

From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Julia Lopez MP

Published 23 February 2022

  • Cyber Explorers will teach 11 to 14-year-olds essential digital skills to meet demand for future talent in the cyber security sector
  • Schools in Newport, Newry, Inverclyde, Birmingham
  • ...
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Extra support to safeguard political impartiality in schools

Brings clarity on meeting legal duties when discussing issues such as Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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

New guidance to support teachers in tackling sensitive issues in the classroom in a politically impartial way is being published today (17 February 2022).

Teaching about political issues and the differing...

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Good attendance: listen, understand, empathise and support

A new report by Ofsted looks at different aspects of pupil attendance and how schools tackle the current challenges they face.

From: Ofsted

Published 7 February 2022

A new report by Ofsted finds that schools that improve pupil attendance from a low baseline, maintain high levels of attendance and minimise persistent absence adopt similar strategies that can best be...

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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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New poll reveals people think children need more time learning in nature 

The Wildlife Trusts and young people call for more outdoor wild time at school

A new poll shows that people believe children do not spend enough time enjoying the natural world and that they should spend more of their school time learning outdoors in nature.

It has been widely proven that regular contact with nature makes children healthier, happier, and better able to learn. The...