• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Ofsted director seconded to government Covid response team

    A senior Ofsted director has been seconded to a government team planning for the return of students to schools and colleges. Sean Harford, the watchdog’s national director of education, moved temporarily to the Cabinet Office this week to work on the government’s response to the pandemic. He will be there until the end of the

    19.09 Aug. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Exams 2020: Ofqual confirms final appeals process for GCSEs and A-levels

    Schools and colleges will be able to appeal against GCSE and A-level results if they feel data used to standardise grades was not a “reliable basis” for predicting 2020 results, Ofqual has confirmed. The exams regulator has set out the full arrangements for appeals this year, confirming that centres will be able to appeal if

    14.05 Aug. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Rule change restricting use of 16-19 tuition fund branded 'bureaucratic madness'

    An “unwelcome” change to the rules for the government’s 16 to 19 tuition fund which restricts the learners the money can be spent on has been branded “bureaucratic madness”. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has updated its guidance on the fund to add a new stipulation that it can only be spent on learners

    11.32 Aug. 6th, 2020 | News