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.
Will we have "full fat" exams in 2022?
It is undecided whether A levels and GCSEs will return in their usual format in 2022, Ofqual's interim chief regulator has said.
In an interview with the i newspaper, Simon Lebus said: "It’s not yet decided whether we will be back to full-fat exams, as it were."
Read more here.
DfE finally admits 1/4 of catch-up cash is not new
In February, the government announced a new Covid recovery package, said to be worth £705 million – £300 million of which had already been announced by the prime minister in January.
Schools minister Nick Gibb later admitted that, while "over half" of the remaining £405 million was "new funding", the DfE had "contributed towards the cost" by repurposing some of its own resources.
Now Tes can now reveal that a quarter of the latest £705 million investment, worth £176 million, is made up of recycled cash.
Read the full story here.
Catch-up overtime should be a choice, says Collins
The government's Covid recovery tsar has said it should not be mandatory for teachers to work extra hours as part of the catch-up effort.
Speaking at an event held by the Chartered College of Teaching this afternoon, Sir Kevan Collins also said he would "never advocate" increasing teaching time without raising teachers' pay.
The news comes after Sir Kevan said yesterday that teachers should not be asked to do "more for no more" if the decision is taken to extend the "educational experience".
Read the full story here.
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How the £10m DfE behaviour fund is being spent
A breakdown of how the Department for Education's £10 million behaviour hub programme will be spent has been revealed to Tes.
The programme, in which 22 lead schools across the country have been appointed to work with others with challenging behaviour, will be rolled out in September.
But it has been criticised as being badly timed by campaigners who are calling for the cash to be spent on mental health support as schools come out of the pandemic.
Read more here.
How teachers can boost languages learning
Young people would be more likely to want to study foreign languages at GCSE if they were encouraged to “reflect on how languages relate to them personally”, research suggests.
A University of Cambridge study suggests that students who learn about the value of languages and how they shape personal identity feel more positively about subjects such as French, German and Spanish.
Read the full story here
'Investigate serious flaws in England's Pisa data'
The UK Statistics Authority needs to conduct an independent review into the Pisa data for the UK, a leading academic has urged.
The warning from UCL social statistics professor John Jerrim comes after a research paper, published today, found "serious flaws" in the data from the Programme for International Student Assessment 2018, which tested a sample of 15-year-olds in reading, maths and science in a number of countries.
It found that low-achieving students were underrepresented in the England and Wales samples, while a number of anomalies, including a high number of ineligible students, were found in the Scottish data.
Catch-up commissioner lists his demands
The government’s education recovery commissioner Sir Kevan Collins didn’t disappoint when he spoke to school leaders and teachers at an online Schools North East conference yesterday.
The ‘catch-up tsar’ had plenty to say for himself – calling for extra billions to be injected into education, for teachers to be paid more for doing more, proposing that schools should be given more control over the catch-up tutors that they use and, in perhaps a subtle warning to ministers, stating that he had “nothing to lose” and promising to “say it like it is”.
You can catch up with more of yesterday’s schools news here.