Archive - December 2020

Month: December 2020

Dec 2020
Like those lorries stuck in Kent, the new variant of coronavirus is putting plans for reopening schools next term in a holding position. There's a cloud of uncertainty hanging over whether schools in England will really begin to ...

Dec 2020
Mass Covid testing of secondary-school pupils in England is to be greatly increased in January, in an attempt to reduce the numbers being sent home. Any students who have been in contact with a positive case will be offered seven ...


School attendance plummeted after half-term in England, with rates as low as 77% in one region, official data reveals. The Department for Education statistics show how the spread of the coronavirus pandemic around the country has ...

Dec 2020
Schools in England will be allowed to close a day early for Christmas to give teachers "a proper break" from identifying potential Covid-19 cases. Read more here.

Dec 2020
Extra measures to "boost fairness and support students" will be used for next summer's GCSE and A-level exams in England, ministers have announced.  Read more here.

Dec 2020
Education has been "completely disrupted" by the sheer scale of Covid absences in some schools in some areas, Ofsted regional bosses have warned.  Read more here.

Dec 2020
A-levels and GCSEs in England are due to go ahead next summer, with the exam season starting three weeks later than usual. Plans for how to manage them in a pandemic are expected to be published later this week. Read more ...


The "invisibility of vulnerable children" during the pandemic should be a "matter of national concern," says England's chief inspector of schools.  Read more here.