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Daily News Summary
19 November 2021

image Coronavirus: Government "unprepared" for a pandemic on the scale of COVID, report finds
image House of Lords: Initial teacher training debate
image ISC 'Spotlight On' blog: Celebrating the arts through partnerships
image Unions warn that gender pay gap in schools is widening
image Ofqual chief regulator details “listening tour” of schools in every region in the country
image 'It is just a matter of time until we have computer-based GCSEs and A-levels'
image Minister urges strong maintained schools to launch multi-academy trusts
image DfE to publish guidance aimed at making school uniforms more affordable

Coronavirus: Government "unprepared" for a pandemic on the scale of COVID, report finds

 

The National Audit Office has published findings on how well prepared the Government was to respond to a pandemic, revealing the Department for Education (DfE) did not have detailed plans in place for introducing school closures during a pandemic prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus. By Catherine Lough, Tes.

New figures from the UK Health Security Agency show a rise in COVID-19 cases across all year groups in England after the return from half-term. Tes.

According to Tes, the Department of Health and Social Care has no data on the number of people who have been identified and contacted as COVID contacts in a school – nor how many of those have taken a PCR test as a result. By John Roberts.

Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, has warned that a rise in coronavirus cases is likely when schools return after the Christmas holidays. Tes.

 

House of Lords: Initial teacher training debate

 

During a debate in the House of Lords about initial teacher training, ISA president Lord Lexden spoke of how independent schools "have long been involved in helping to train our country’s teachers", referencing the ISC's Celebrating Partnerships report and the "ever-increasing and ever-closer" partnership working between state and independent schools. Hansard.

 
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Hansard

ISC 'Spotlight On' blog: Celebrating the arts through partnerships

 

Helen Pike, master of Magdalen College School, reflects on the vital role that independent and state school partnerships play in ensuring that all children can have access to a truly creative and fulfilling education.

 
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ISC

Unions warn that gender pay gap in schools is widening

 

Unions and education experts have voiced concern after it emerged that the gender pay gap in schools has widened over the past decade. By Matilda Martin, Tes.

 
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Tes

Ofqual chief regulator details “listening tour” of schools in every region in the country

 

Schools Week features an in-depth interview with new Ofqual chief regulator Dr Jo Saxton, asking questions about support for struggling schools, comparable outcomes, exams technology and academisation. By John Dickens.

 
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Schools Week

'It is just a matter of time until we have computer-based GCSEs and A-levels'

 

According to Colin Hughes, the chief executive of AQA, teenagers taking computer-based GCSE and A-level exams has become a matter of “not if, but when”. By Will Hazell, iNews.

iNews takes a closer look at how computer-based GCSE and A-level exams could work. By Will Hazell.

 

Minister urges strong maintained schools to launch multi-academy trusts

 

In an interview with Schools Week, Baroness Barran, the new academies minister, has emphasised the DfE’s continued vision of all schools joining MATs and outlined her desire for schools to maximise "the pounds in the classroom” through economies of scale. By Tom Belger.

 
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Schools Week

DfE to publish guidance aimed at making school uniforms more affordable

 

According to The Times, the DfE is set to publish statutory guidance today that instructs schools to ensure affordable uniforms are available for the start of the next academic year. By Nicola Woolcock.

 
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The Times

 

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