Key Features Ofsted Inspectors Will Assess Schools On

New advice has been published by Ofsted with instructions on how to gather evidence on thorough investigations of individual subjects, as well as assess schools’ catch-up work. Here are some of the key features Ofsted’s inspections teams will be looking out for: Assess the Quality of Catch-up Tutoring Tutoring is a significant part of the…

Covid Catch-up Tutoring Plans for Schools

The Department for Education (DfE) plans to launch extra tutoring provision to complement the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). The government is upscaling its tutoring offer with £1 billion designated for 100 million hours worth of catch-up support over the next three years. The majority of the investment will go towards the schools themselves, which will then…

Williamson Outlines Catch-up Plans, Exams and Ofsted

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has recently outlined his plans for Ofsted, exams and catch-up funding. Here are some of his key education objectives for the near future: Accelerated Ofsted Inspections Williamson is considering accelerating the timetable of Ofsted inspections. There are some schools that have not been inspected for 14 years, and many of them…

Teachers Overloaded with GCSE Grading Work

According to a recent Tes poll, 8 in 10 teachers believe that the workload for grading GCSEs and A Levels has been too intense. Two thirds of teachers have reported that they have lost at least a week of their own time to grading work.  A Tes survey conducted of 2,800 teachers suggested that 64 percent worked…

Teachers and Students Feel Pressure over New Grading System

This year’s teacher assessed GCSE and A-Level grading system has put immense pressure on both teachers and students.  Students particularly feel overwhelming pressure due to the amount of mock exams and assessments they have had to perform in order to generate evidence for their grades. Unfortunately, this has taken its toll on the mental health…

Ofsted Warns of Insufficient SEND Support

After a new study reviewing the experiences of 21 SEND pupils in mainstream primary and secondary schools, Ofsted claims that some of these pupils are not receiving sufficient support. Many of the schools and families that took part in the research had experienced long waiting times and high levels of bureaucracy in the Education, Health…

Ofqual Reveals Grading Quality Assurance Requirements

Ofqual’s director of standards and comparability has stated that exam boards would request samples of work from every school for quality assurance. Some of the requirements include: Schools Will Need to Provide Samples of GCSE and A-Level Work Once schools submit grades, exam boards will request evidence from no less than five each of A-level and GCSE…

Schools Fear a Potential Second Grading Disaster

Summer is soon approaching, which likewise indicates that GCSE exam results are impending. After last year’s grading disaster through Ofqual’s predictive algorithm, many teachers fear the outcome of this year’s new grading approach. New government instructions require headteachers to carry out an “excessive” amount of assessments on students, as well as use historical data on their…

Why Teachers Fear Relaxing Covid Rules

With lockdown rules relaxing in the UK this month, some teachers are concerned that this will discourage students from following Covid safety rules. Teachers’ leaders have warned that a potential third wave of Coronavirus cases could threaten schools after Easter unless strict safety measures remain in place. The NASUWT teachers’ union have suggested that the government…

Remote Learning Features That Are Here to Stay

Over the years technology has increasingly become a larger part of the schooling system, and the last 12 months has consolidated its existence within the future of education. School closures due to Covid, and the dependency on homeschooling in its place, have introduced teachers to a wealth of technological innovations to use within the classroom,…