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22 July 2020

Coronavirus: Exam results in England 'will be higher this summer'
Former DfE teacher in residence set to become No 10's head of education

Coronavirus: Exam results in England 'will be higher this summer'


Ofqual has said this year's GCSE and A-level results are expected to be "slightly better" than last year, though "optimistic" teacher predictions have been revised down overall. By Will Hazell, iNews.

Barnaby Lenon, former Ofqual board member and current chairman of the ISC, has said universities should check teachers' predicted grades with schools in the "significant minority" of cases where students are awarded grades that do not reflect their ability. By Will Hazell, iNews.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has described a teacher pay rise announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday as "a kick in the teeth" for long-serving staff. By Anna Mikhailova, The Telegraph.

Professor Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist and member of the Government's SAGE committee, has said it is "extremely difficult" to find an example of a child transmitting coronavirus to a teacher in school. By Mark McLaughlin, Marc Horne and Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

John Swinney, Scotland's education secretary, has outlined proposals for various health measures designed to keep teachers and pupils safe in schools. By Tom Eden, The Times.

Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, has written a letter to local authorities urging them to recruit more teachers and specialists to support schools as they emerge from lockdown. By Henry Hepburn, Tes.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a developmental psychologist and founder of Connected Baby, considers whether schools should focus on addressing pupils' behaviour or feelings when they return to the classroom. Tes.


Former DfE teacher in residence set to become No 10's head of education


Tes reports Rory Gribbell, who worked as Nick Gibb's teacher in residence at the Department for Education (DfE), is expected to become the head of education in the Downing Street Policy Unit. By John Roberts.



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