Back to school: How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Healthy 12- to 15-year-olds in England and Scotland have begun receiving Covid jabs.  Across the UK, pupils this age are being offered a single Pfizer dose. How are vaccinations being rolled out? The  jabs are not compulsory but the government hopes offering all healthy  12- to 15-year-olds a single dose of Pfizer will limit school […]

GCSE media studies to cover Rashford’s food campaign

Pupils starting media studies GCSEs this year will study Marcus Rashford’s role as an influencer. The footballer and food campaigner’s media impact will be included in the syllabus of the AQA exam board. It will focus on his use of social media to speak out on issues such as free school meals and racism in […]

How could children make up for lost school time?

With children in England back in the classroom, teachers face the massive task of making up for months of missed learning. A £720m package has been announced to help pupils in England catch up – although teachers’ unions say more is needed.  Here are some of the measures which could be used to help pupils. 1. Summer […]

Covid: Many students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

Almost  two-thirds of university students in the UK say their mental health is  worse because of the Covid pandemic, a survey suggests. The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) report says ministers must “take heed” of the poll as restrictions ease. A  total of 56% are not expecting any more face-to-face teaching in this  academic year, […]

Ofsted announces return of area SEND inspections

Ofsted will begin revisiting areas where “significant  concerns about SEND provision” have been identified from next month,  ahead of a return to full inspections of local areas from June. Area SEND inspections have been paused since March 2020 due the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. However the inspections, which are carried out jointly by Ofsted […]

School attendance back at high levels in England

The first attendance figures since schools in England returned last week show high levels of pupils back in the classroom. In primary schools, 95% of pupils were in classes at the end of last week. The return has been staggered in secondaries to allow Covid testing, but 89% of pupils were in last Monday. “Certainly […]

Nurseries sent first official cyber-attack warning

Nurseries  and childminders are being warned of the threat of cyber-attacks, in  guidance from the government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It  is the first time that the agency – part of the GCHQ intelligence  service – has given guidance to a sector caring for such young children. It includes warnings to use password protection […]

Schools report 90 per cent of pupils taking on-site Covid test’s

Nine out of 10 pupils are taking part in on-site Covid testing at the  majority of schools and colleges on the first day of the full return, a  union survey has found. A poll of 729 secondary schools and colleges from the Association of  School and College Leaders (ASCL) found 54 per cent of leaders […]

First day back at school has ‘gone well’, say heads

The first day back at school for millions of children in England has “gone well”, say head teachers. They  are reporting high levels of take-up of Covid tests and compliance with  new rules on wearing masks in secondary school classrooms. Primary schools have opened in full, but most secondary schools are phasing a return to […]

Welcome Back and Good Luck

We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all pupils in England from today and good luck to all of our schools.