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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Consultation launched on draft guidance for awarding organisations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...

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All schools and colleges to receive extra funding for catch up

Every pupil in every school to benefit from significant new investment in education to help young people catch up on lost learning

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

Every school and college in England will have more money to support young people’s recovery from the impact of the pandemic, as the government confirms billions of pounds of additional...

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Lack of investment in school transport driving traffic congestion

  • Just 12% of schools have invested in the safety of transport for the school run over the past decade
  • 40% of parents worried about traffic levels around the school gates
  • Almost half of London schools still do not offer a dedicated school transport service

As traffic levels soared across the UK, following the return of schools for the 2021/22...

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1,000 schools connected to top-of-the-class full fibre broadband

Children in more than a thousand schools are now enjoying next-generation internet speeds thanks to government investment.
  • Thousands of pupils in schools with slowest speeds can now access gigabit broadband
  • Nearly 7,000 hospitals, libraries, police stations and other public buildings to be upgraded by end of March
  • Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries says: “We are
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Major rebuilds begin at schools across England

Education Secretary ‘breaks ground’ at one of first schools to benefit from new 10-year School Rebuilding Programme

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

On 23rd September Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, ‘broke ground’ on one of the first 100 schools to be rebuilt under the Prime Minister’s ten-year School Rebuilding Programme, as he joined workers, pupils...

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COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people starts in schools

This week parents and guardians of young people aged 12 to 15 years old are being contacted to ask for their consent for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the jabs beginning to be administered in schools next week.

Alternative arrangements will be made to ensure those not in school are offered the vaccine, including those who are home schooled or in secure services.

The UK’s Chief...

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Public health experts working closely with schools and colleges to reduce risk of transmission

Schools and colleges have reopened for most, and with it coronavirus measures – some different, some familiar – to help reduce risk to pupils and staff.

With most of Devon’s schools back, pupils and their families will be familiarising themselves with new routines.

Secondary schools and colleges are asking pupils to take two in-school assisted lateral flow tests, days apart...

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  • Parents’ support for a mobile ban in schools is growing, up to 57% from 49% two years ago
  • Three quarters of parents (74%) claim mobiles are a distraction, three in five (61%) believe a ban would cut bullying and a quarter (24%) believe it would reduce peer pressure to buy premium handset
  • But almost four million parents (27%) think banning mobiles at school
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New handbook for schools and children to act on climate change

The Wildlife Trusts unveil new educational guides for children to learn about how nature can help tackle the climate crisis.

Today, a new educational pack, Nature’s Climate Heroes, is launched to help primary school children understand the connections between the natural world, a changing climate, and people.

Solutions to address climate change and wildlife loss should be...

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All schools to receive carbon dioxide monitors

Education settings will be provided with carbon dioxide monitors from September, backed by £25 million in government funding

From: Department for Education , The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP , and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

CO2 monitors will be provided to all state-funded education settings from September, so staff can quickly identify where ventilation needs to be...