Unions tell staff ‘not to engage’ with plan for 1 June school openings

By: Sally Weale. Government plans to reopen schools in England face a mounting backlash from education unions, who say the proposals are not feasible and have advised teachers and support staff not to “engage with” preparations for a 1 June return. The Department for Education (DfE) wants children back in primary schools in a phased […]

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Coronavirus: education officials to discuss possible school closures in England

By: Sally Weale. Teaching unions and school leaders are to hold talks with the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, on Monday to discuss plans for schools and colleges in England as they start to negotiate the impact of the growing coronavirus emergency. The government has until now resisted pressure to close schools as other countries have done, […]

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UK universities issue health warnings over travel to China

By: Sally Weale.   UK universities with links to China have issued warnings to staff and students travelling to and from areas affected by the coronavirus, urging anyone with symptoms to seek medical advice. With concern growing about the spread of the virus, universities in the UK are keeping a check on staff who have recently returned from […]

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Funding cuts take toll on support for visually impaired pupils

By: Sally Weale.   Less than half (44%) of councils in England have either cut or frozen funding for educational support for VI children, putting specialist provision under significant pressure, according to the RNIB report. A similar proportion (43%) have already had reductions in specialist staff and increasing workloads for those who remain, and almost […]

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Primary school teachers want to see Sats scrapped

By: Sally Weale. A resounding 97% would like a ‘sensible alternative’ to the high-stakes attainment tests A resounding 97% of primary school teachers would like to see high-stakes Sats tests scrapped, according to the largest poll undertaken on the subject. More than 54,000 primary members of the National Education Union (NEU) took part in an indicative ballot […]

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Nearly 5,000 schools in England not given promised cash – union

By: Seally Weale.    England’s biggest teaching union has accused the government of breaking its promise to provide a modest cash boost to every school in England, claiming figures reveal that nearly 5,000 schools have received no extra funds or have even had their funding cut. In the wake of mounting concern among teachers and parents about […]

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Universities raise alarm over no-deal Brexit and EU student enrolment

By: Sally Weale.  University leaders have said that a no-deal Brexit would constitute “one of the biggest threats” ever faced by the sector, as figures revealed a further decline in EU student enrolment, particularly in postgraduate research. According to the Russell Group of universities, there was a 9% decrease in the number of EU postgraduate research students enrolling […]

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