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Daily News Summary
11 February 2022

image Evidence for Labour's independent school proposals is “not there”, says Nadhim Zahawi
image Coronavirus: Education secretary says he is prepared to ask the Treasury for more funding
image Schools asked to pick up the pieces as mental health services fail children
image Head should use their "own judgement" on whether to prepare for TAGs, says Ofqual chief
image Schools take "worrying gambles" on gas and electricity deals
image Pupils have been failed by the Government, says shadow schools minister
image 'New elite sixth forms are unlikely to recruit disadvantaged pupils'
image Number of primary and nursery-aged pupils in England set to fall by 6.5 per cent

Evidence for Labour's independent school proposals is “not there”, says Nadhim Zahawi

 

Speaking on Sky News yesterday, Nadhim Zahawi warned that Labour's proposal to end independent schools’ charitable status would lead to the state sector being flooded with new pupils, adding that "the move would be a recipe for a great deal of community tension". By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Coronavirus: Education secretary says he is prepared to ask the Treasury for more funding

 

Nadhim Zahawi has said that he will monitor pupils' progress and will ask the Treasury for more money if data finds that pupils have not caught up on their learning after the disruption caused by the pandemic. By John Roberts, Tes.

According to BBC News, secondary school pupils in Scotland will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms from 28 February.

 

Schools asked to pick up the pieces as mental health services fail children

 

A Schools Week investigation reports on the devastating toll failing mental health support systems have on families and schools. By Jess Staufenberg and Samantha Booth.

 
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Schools Week

Head should use their "own judgement" on whether to prepare for TAGs, says Ofqual chief

 

In a letter sent to heads this week, Dr Jo Saxton, Ofqual chief regulator, has said that headteachers should use their "own judgement" on whether they need to continue collecting evidence for teacher-assessed grades (TAGs) in case exams are cancelled again this summer. By Helen Chapman, Tes.

 
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Tes

Schools take "worrying gambles" on gas and electricity deals

 

Tes takes a closer look at how rising energy prices are forcing schools to take "worrying gambles" on their gas and electricity deals, which have reportedly more than doubled in the past 12 months. By Callum Mason and John Roberts.

 
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Tes

Pupils have been failed by the Government, says shadow schools minister

 

Stephen Morgan, shadow schools minister, writes for The Times arguing that pupils in England have been failed by a decade of Conservative education policies.

 
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The Times

'New elite sixth forms are unlikely to recruit disadvantaged pupils'

 

Campaigners have challenged the Government's proposals for new "elite" sixth forms, claiming that they are unlikely to recruit many disadvantaged students and arguing that selection at any age would “benefit wealthier families and deny opportunity to disadvantaged pupils”. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

Number of primary and nursery-aged pupils in England set to fall by 6.5 per cent

 

The number of primary and nursery-aged pupils in England is expected to fall by around 300,000 over the next five years as the population spike created by the 2000s baby boom moves into secondary schools. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

 

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