Schools tackle new hurdles to cope during Covid

Schools tackle new hurdles to cope during Covid

Issues around catch-up provision, providing for the disadvantaged, and managing to keep schools working well without a proper test-and-trace system continued to occupy the minds of curriculum leaders this month.   ‘Prioritise disadvantaged’ Catch-up provision...

Pupil wellbeing at crisis point

Pupils’ mental health has deteriorated during the pandemic, with depression having a big impact on their schoolwork, while schools struggle with insufficient resources to support students with this. These were the troubling findings of a raft of reports out this month...

Exam plans ‘untenable’

Next year’s exams are to go ahead – but with a three-week delay to give schools more time to help students catch up with lost content.    The announcement this month from government sparked unrest across the education sector. Small changes were made to the...

Racism ‘crippling life chances’

New research revealed worrying findings about the treatment of black students – while conflicting debates continued about the inclusion of racial issues within the curriculum.   Teachers’ perceptions ‘damaging’ Half of black students said teachers’ perceptions of...

Post-16 provision put under spotlight

Post-16 provision hit the headlines this month, with T-levels receiving poor take-up, amid calls for investment in other vocational qualifications.     Only one in eight sixth-forms plan on offering at least one T-level route, according to a new survey. The...

Fake news makes job harder for schools, says Ofsted

Fake news is making it more difficult for schools to cope during the pandemic. The spread of misinformation is fuelling parental anxiety, causing more pupils to be kept at home for schooling.   This was a key finding of the first tranche of its autumn inspection...