Freddie Whittaker

  • New DfE guidance: Rota system planned for local lockdowns

    FE providers may be asked to switch to a rota system for attendance if they are in an area with a local lockdown. The Department for Education has published new last-minute operational guidance for sixth form colleges, FE colleges, independent training providers, adult community learning providers and special post-16 institutions ahead of the autumn term.

    18.05 Aug. 29th, 2020 | News

  • Ofqual to face grilling by MPs over exams fiasco

    Leaders from exams regulator Ofqual will appear in front of MPs next week to answer questions about this year’s exam results fiasco – but outgoing boss Sally Collier will not be with them. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, will also “likely” face questions about the government’s handling of the crisis when he appears in front

    14.10 Aug. 28th, 2020 | Uncategorized

  • Colleges and schools cry foul over missing vocational results

    Colleges and schools across England are still awaiting the results of some vocational qualifications, despite a promise from government that all grades would be issued by today. Some learners have been told they may have to wait until next week to receive grades for BTECs and other vocational qualifications. The Department for Education has refused

    14.17 Aug. 28th, 2020 | News, Uncategorized

  • Minister hints at potential further delay to vocational results

    Exam boards are set to work “through the weekend and into next week” to process vocational qualification results, a minister has said, suggesting not all will be issued by tomorrow’s deadline. In a message to providers sent out tonight, skills minister Gillian Keegan acknowledged there was a chance some students would not receive their results

    22.56 Aug. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Colleges to receive just 10 home testing kits each

    Colleges will receive just 10 coronavirus home testing kits each, and should only use them in “exceptional circumstances”, the government has said. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, announced in July that educational settings would receive a “small number” of kits to send home with learners or staff who develop coronavirus symptoms, but would otherwise struggle

    12.27 Aug. 26th, 2020 | News

  • DfE top boss Jonathan Slater to leave

    The Department for Education’s permanent secretary Jonathan Slater is to be replaced, the government has announced. The Financial Times reported earlier today that Slater, the top civil servant at the department will leave the post amid the fallout over exams and rules over masks in schools. Now the DfE and Cabinet Office have confirmed he

    14.59 Aug. 26th, 2020 | News

  • DfE confirms U-turn over masks in colleges

    Learners and staff at colleges in high-transmission areas will be required to wear face coverings following a U-turn by the government. The Department for Education has tonight confirmed that it will revise its guidance on the use of face coverings in schools to state that in areas of national government intervention, face coverings “should be worn

    21.41 Aug. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Sally Collier to be replaced by Dame Glenys Stacey as Ofqual chief regulator

    The chief regulator of Ofqual Sally Collier is to leave following the exams fiasco that has engulfed England in recent weeks and be replaced by her predecessor, Schools Week has learned. Dame Glenys Stacey, who served in the role from 2011 to 2016, will take up the role again in an acting capacity until December,

    15.15 Aug. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Government to U-turn on masks in colleges

    Staff and students will be expected to wear face coverings in colleges in England from September following a government U-turn, FE Week understands. Ministers are expected to announce the change later today following growing pressure in the wake of a similar decision in Scotland and changes to World Health Organisation guidelines. It means staff and

    13.23 Aug. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Government will pay exam appeal fees, says Williamson

    The government will cover fees for failed appeals against exam grades following a huge backlash over A-level results. The Department for Education, in a press release published today, said that state-funded schools and colleges will be able to claim back unsuccessful appeals at the same time as claiming back fees for autumn exams. Successful appeals

    10.57 Aug. 15th, 2020 | News

  • Ofqual publishes criteria for 'valid' mock exam appeals

    Mock exams must meet eight separate criteria to be classed as ‘valid’ and used as part of an appeal for downgraded pupils – but graded non-examination assessments can also be used, Ofqual has confirmed. Ofqual has revealed the criteria that mock exam grades must meet for schools to be able to use them as part

    15.59 Aug. 15th, 2020 | News