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.
School leaders are running on adrenaline to get through Covid
School leaders have kept on going throughout the Covid crisis but a union leader has warned that they are running on adrenaline and will not be able to keep the current workload up.
Ruth Davies, the president of the NAHT school leaders' union, has said the organisation has been flooded with questions from heads considering early retirement once the worst of the pandemic is over.
And she warned that school leaders are going to start “falling by the wayside”.
Read more here.
'Deceitful' DfE has assessed impact of 'stealth' cut
The government has been accused of being "downright deceitful" after refusing to reveal the amount it will save through its controversial "stealth" cut in school funding for the country's poorest pupils.
The Department for Education has completed a financial assessment of the savings it will make by collecting data for pupil premium policy earlier in the school year. But it won't publish the result because of a fear that doing so could "harm" its "reputation".
Read the full story here.
Replace A levels with Baccalaureate says think tank
A levels should be scrapped and replaced with a baccalaureate, according to a new report from the EDSK think tank.
The report, Reassessing the future, recommends that A levels, Applied General Qualifications (such as Btecs), T levels and apprenticeships should be combined into a single "baccalaureate" that spans the final years of secondary education.
It argues that A levels "suffer from numerous flaws" and that they have not achieved their stated aim when they were created, which was to avoid students specialising in a narrow range of subjects too early.
Read more here.
GCSEs 2020: Generous grading was ‘logical’ says board
The generosity of 2020 grading for GCSEs and A levels – when teacher-assessed grades were awarded – was “logical, rational and justifiable”, according to a new exam board report.
The paper by Tom Benton, principal research officer at Cambridge Assessment, argues that when an exam series is less reliable than usual, a “natural human inclination” to “ensure students do not lose out” may increase the chances of students ending with a better grade than they may have achieved in a more reliable test.
It says that in 2020, schools and colleges recognised that their ability to determine students’ grades was less reliable than if exams had gone ahead.
Read more here.
Teachers reveals their schools are in breach of duty over collective worship
Most primaries do not undertake an act of collective daily worship, a poll of 2,600 teachers on Twitter suggests.
And that puts the schools in breach of DfE guidance which says it the “duty” of every maintained school, academy and free school “to ensure that collective worship takes place each day”.
Schools minister Nick Gibb has said: "If the department is informed that a school may be in breach of this requirement, it will be investigated.”
Read the story here
A welcome flood?
As teachers prepare to head back into the classroom on Monday, delivering catch-up programs for pupils who've fallen behind during the pandemic is likely to be top of mind for many. Therefore the suggestion that the government could 'manage' the 'risk' of an expected 'flood' of new trainees following Covid by diverting them into supporting recovery efforts may be causing a few to quietly cross their fingers.
Sticking with trainees, Tes learned yesterday that the government's controversial teacher training 'market review' is looking at "school engagement" with trainees, according to a Department for Education (DfE) adviser. Last year, the government was advised to consider whether there is value in "mandating schools to play an active part" in teacher training.
You can catch-up with yesterday's news here.