Labour calls for ‘Close the Gap’ strategy

Labour has called for a national ‘Close the Gap’ strategy for school catch-up, as studies suggest closures have widened the gap between pupils.

Labour pushes for delayed GCSE and A-level exams

Next year's A-level and GCSE exams should be pushed back to mid-summer to help cope with the impact of coronavirus, says Labour.

Not enough support on childcare post-lockdown

The Early Years Alliance has reported that half of parents feel that the government hasn’t given enough support on childcare post-lockdown.

The learning gap for primary pupils is widening again

The learning gap between rich and poor primary age pupils in England has widened for the first time since 2007.

Government reverses guidance on face masks in schools

Secondary school pupils in England will have to wear masks in school corridors in local lockdown areas of England.

Daily operations to remove rotten teeth in children rising

Councils have warned of a potential post-coronavirus surge of dental treatments following the lifting of lockdown.

Apprenticeship opportunities tripled across London

There has been a 14 per cent increase in the number of apprenticeships created directly by boroughs this year.

Ofsted to begin local authority visits in September

Ofsted has announced that it will begin visits to local authorities and children's social care providers from September 2020.

Extend free school meals to migrant families

Free school meals should be permanently extended to the children of migrants who are currently ineligible for public support, say charities.

Labour calls for a Regional Opportunities Guarantee

Labour is urging the government to introduce a Regional Opportunities Guarantee as part of the Kickstarter Scheme.

£40 million funding for local transport authorities

Local transport authorities will receive more than £40 million funding for the autumn term to help with school transport.

‘Level-up’ funding will benefit schools in better-off areas

The Education Policy Institute has warned that better-off pupils in England will see larger school funding increases than poorer pupils.

Councils acting unlawfully against children with autism

The Disability Law Service says more than a quarter of English councils are acting unlawfully by discriminating against children with autism.

Schools must come before pubs in lockdown plans

Anne Longfield has said that schools should be the last places to be locked down if any local or national lockdown takes place.

Workload demands damaging for childcare workers

The SMC has released new research highlighting that the early years workforce in England is underpaid, overworked and undervalued.


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