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.
Tes survey reveals wide range of methods used for GCSE and A level grading
A Tes survey of more than 2,800 grading teachers has revealed the multitude of different ways to calculate this year’s GCSE and A level grades.
Schools have used a variety of methods, from full sets of mock exams, to coursework and assessments that schools have devised themselves, with no single approach dominating.
Some teachers commented that the variety of approaches meant the grades this year would not be comparable or fair.
You can read more here.
Next head of Ofqual announced
Tes revealed today that former academy chief executive Jo Saxton is the government's preferred choice as the next head of exams regulator Ofqual.
The former DfE policy adviser, multi-academy trust chief and self-confessed fan of Labour’s Angela Rayner has been selected to take up the helm as chief regulator in September following the departure of Simon Lebus.
Dr Saxton will now go on to attend a pre-appointment hearing before the Education Select Committee on 6 July.
Read more here.
New problems with GCSE grades website on day of submission deadline
A second exam board has admitted website problems for teachers entering GCSE and A level grades on the final day of grade submission to exam boards.
Exam board WJEC said that its "data is not displaying correctly", with teachers expressing their frustration with the board on social media.
The news follows schools being unable to submit their grades to the OCR exam board yesterday after their results portal crashed.Read more here.
The government is “gambling” on risking the spread of Covid in schools by running controversial trials that do not require some pupils to self isolate, experts have warned.
In an open letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson, a group of academics and scientists have called on the government to suspend the daily contact testing trials taking place in schools.
Read more here
Majority of teachers say GCSE grading system not fair this year
Nearly seven in 10 teachers believe that this year's grading process for GCSEs and A levels will not give all students the grades they deserve.
In an exclusive Tes survey of more than 2,800 grading teachers, 69 per cent said they did not believe the national guidelines for grading this year were fair.
Read more here.
Closer to the facts
Yesterday we inched a bit closer to the having the full facts on how schools and pupils have missed out due to the DfE's last minute decision to move the census date on which Pupil Premium calculations are made - from January to October.
New Department for Education data revealed how many pupils were eligible for free school meals (FSM) as of January 2021, which showed schools could be losing out on as much as £124 million as a result of the policy change– described by some as a "stealth cut".
You can catch-up on more of yesterday's news impacting schools and teachers here.