Articles from Department for Education (DfE)

New funding to support schools and colleges during Covid pandemic

The Department for Education (@educationgovuk) announces fund for schools and colleges facing significant funding pressure.  Covid workforce fund to support with costs of staff absences in schools and colleges  Fund to support settings facing greatest staffing and funding pressures to remain open Updated contingency framework for education published as national restrictions end Schools and colleges facing the greatest combined staffing and funding pressures will be able to claim via a new short-term Covid workforce fund, as part of the government’s national priority of keeping education settings open.

The Department’s commitment to rewarding teachers despite the the public sector pay freeze

This year, @EducationGovUK announced the biggest pay rise the teaching profession has seen since 2005, with above-inflation rises to the pay ranges for every single teacher in the country. This September 2020 pay award was worth 3.1% on average, recognising the vital role teachers are playing in protecting children's futures.

Helping to bridge the gap between education and employment for young people with SEND

@VickyFord delivers keynote address on assistive technology  Speaking at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Assistive Technology today [Tuesday 24 November], Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford announced new research has been published, aimed at helping to bridge the gap between education and employment for young people with SEND.

Gavin Williamson's speech at the AoC's FE Summit 2020

Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) gave an address the Association of Colleges (@AoC_info) FE Summit 2020, which was a two-day virtual conference for FE College leaders. This was a virtual conference in response to Covid-19 and Lockdown 2.0 and was instead of the usual annual pilgrimage by the FE Sector makes to the ICC in Birmingham for the usual annual Association of Colleges conference.

“GCSEs and A levels are a matter of life chances” – why it is important that exams take place next year

The importance of exams taking place next summer  Telegraph Columnist Charles Moore says that abandoning exams in favour of teacher assessments next year would be a risky step and echoes the words of Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman who raised concerns that without exams many older students “simply won’t return to schools” for the rest of the academic year if there is no exam to work towards.

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