Welcome to your one stop shop for all the latest education news for teachers and everyone else who works in schools or is interested in them.
At Tes the news team publishes many stories a day covering everything from exams to teacher workload, the coronavirus crisis, school funding and the curriculum.
This is your easy way of keeping up – somewhere you can find everything we have covered that day in a single, easy to access, place.
Who knows what the perfect lesson is post-Covid?
While the Covid pandemic has brought about several years of technological advances in schools in a single year, it has also thrown up questions as to what is the perfect lesson?
So says new president of the NASUWT teaching union Phil Kemp, who says he hopes the “samey” and “uniform” way in which lessons were delivered pre-pandemic will now give way to classrooms in which teachers have more freedom in styles of delivery.
Mr Kemp said: “When I joined the profession 30-odd years ago, and for the first probably 20 or 25 years of my career, the teacher was king in the classroom – king or whatever you want to call them.
They ruled the roost and they decided how best to deliver something [and] I think the profession has lost that a little bit over the last 15 or 16 years on this almost desperation to decide what is the perfect lesson.”
Read the story and watch the interview here
Should schools run full mock exam series?
When GCSEs and A levels were cancelled earlier this year, and the idea of exam boards providing additional tasks to help teachers with their grading was introduced, one thing was very clear: these were not “mini exams”.
But in practice, many schools have used the exam boards’ past papers to run a full series of mock exams.
In a year when national assessments were cancelled because of learning loss during the pandemic, should schools really be doing this?
Some heads argue that a full mock series is a way of arriving at “robust” evidence to determine their grades, while others say using mocks thwarts an opportunity to prove the validity of teacher assessment.
Read more here.
Schools may be 'investigated' over daily worship duty
Schools minister Nick Gibb has reminded schools of their duty to hold the daily collective act of worship.
In response to a written question, Mr Gibb said that all state-funded schools are required to ensure that a collective act of worship takes place every day. He also added that if the DfE is informed that a school is in breach of the requirement, it will be investigated.
You can read more here.
'No Sats...and pupils and teachers are happier for it'
Primary head Chris Dyson has noticed something unusual among staff and Year 6 pupils since Sats were cancelled – they're having fun.
"When I said goodbye to my Year 6 teacher at the start of the holidays, I noticed something: she wasn’t stressed," he writes
"This year, for the first time, she wasn’t having to cram exam practice in. Our pupils tend to start practising for Sats at the beginning of March.
"So you’re teaching them exam technique: reading the question, spending about three minutes on each question... but this year, teachers don’t have that pressure."
You can read more here
DfE’s schools commissioners justify their existence
The Department for Education’s schools commissioners have not always had the best press since it introduced them in 2014 to help it oversee the rapidly expanding academies sector.
They were designed to show that actually you could run thousands of schools directly from Whitehall. But regional schools commissioners’ early days were dogged by stories of excessive secrecy and complaints that they were creating unnecessary workload by duplicating Ofsted’s job of keeping schools on track.
Moves have since been made to solve the latter problem, and yesterday when Dominic Herrington, the DfE national schools commissioner in charge of RSCs, appeared before MPs he was in bullish form.
Academy regulation had been tightened up , the backlog of failing school conversions was being cleared and relations with Ofsted had improved, he said.
And asked what would happen if his schools commissioners did not exist Mr Herrington was that clear that "we would have a problem".
You can catch up more of yesterday’s schools news here.