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.
Exclusive: MAT leaders warn exam boards over GCSE bills
A letter from multi academy trust leaders to Ofqual also warns that they will only be paying exam board fees if they receive itemised invoices - following the cancellation of this summer's exams.
There has been a debate over how much of a rebate schools should receive this year from fees after this summer's GCSEs and A level exams were cancelled and a system of teacher assessed grades introduced.
Jonny Uttley, chief executive of the the Education Alliance academy trust in the East Riding and Hull, one of the signatories of the letters said: "What we are saying is that from now on as a group of trusts is that we want to see itemised invoices from exam boards so that we can see that we are paying for services or work that has been done. And we will only be paying for that work."
Read more here.
Exclusive: 'Ofqual doesn't trust teachers on GCSEs'
Tes has had sight of a hard-hitting letter from multi academy trust chief executives to Ofqual demanding answers over the way this year's exam grades have been managed.
The letter, signed by 24 academy trust chief executives and headteachers and sent to the interim chief regulator Simon Lebus today, accuses Ofqual of not trusting the profession and calls on it to explain what contingency plans were in place in the event of this summer's exams being cancelled.
Read more here.
GCSEs 2021: 'Heads misunderstand exam board workload'
The UK’s largest exam board has accused headteachers of “misunderstanding” the amount of work exam boards are still doing this year - despite exams being being cancelled and teachers being tasked with delivering grades.
Responding to headteachers' calls for an increase in the rebate on exam fees this year to 50 per cent from 25 per cent last year, exam board AQA said "it was “important to remember that entry fees aren’t just for exam papers and marking.”
It added the board's other work includes collecting grades and "supporting schools through the process" as well as carrying out “a complex and completely new" quality assurance which included developing and delivering training for all staff and examiners.
Read more here.
GCSE 2021: Ofqual will keep an eye on grade inflation
Ofqual chair Ian Bauckham said today that the regulator would need to “keep an eye” on the distribution of GCSE and A level grades this year, even after they have gone through exam boards’ quality assurance processes.
Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme if Ofqual would intervene if grades overall looked too high, he said: “Obviously we can't give everybody an A* because if you give everybody an A*, not only do people end up in destinations that are not right for them, also very quickly everybody understands that the grade is without value.
"So there does have to be a distribution of grades, and we do need to keep an eye on that."
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said he did not expect for there to be further moderation of grades following schools’ internal quality assurance processes and exam boards’ external processes.
Read more here.
GCSEs 2022: Exams are plan A but there are plan Bs
Exams next year are the plan A but there are plan Bs.
That was the message today from Ofqual's chair Ian Bauckham as he appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
He said he "very much" hopes it will be possible to run exams in 2022 and that planning for the academic year ahead is "happening intensively at the moment", with the regulator "very carefully" observing the impacts of the pandemic.
Read more here.
Revealed: A £13.5bn plan to allow pupils education to recover from Covid
There is also a major report out today setting out why £13.5 billion will be needed to ensure pupils' education recovers from the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Education Policy Institute has said that longer school days, allowing some pupils to resit years and giving teachers incentives to work in deprived areas are all needed as part of a three year recovery plan.
Tes has pulled together its key recommendations and how much the EPI thinks it will cost here.
And you can read the full story here.
WATCH: Why pupil premium changes might mean job cuts for schools grappling with loss of funds
After Schools Minister Nick Gibb told MPs that individual schools will not lose funding "as a direct consequence" of the way pupil premium has been calculated this year Tes has spoken to school leaders about the impact being felt on the ground.
One headteacher in Bradford had a very different message.
"I may be looking at redundancies in the next year" Paul Urry, who is head of St Stephen's CE Primary School, told Tes.
He also said that his push to improve online learning access for disadvantaged pupils had been put "on hold" as a result of the policy shift.
You can watch his interview and read more here.
The fallout in schools from the PM's masks move
And a very busy morning it is too with lots of news to go at already on the Tes website today.
After Boris Johnson announced that masks would no longer be required in the classroom from Monday we look at what this means for school amid concerns about new Covid variants and parental confusion.
Head teacher Vic Goddard told us that schools have been "thrown under the bus" by the Prime Minister.
There is also the news that school staff unions including the NEU, NASUWT and Unison wrote to schools and colleges yesterday calling on them to keep a requirement for students to wear face masks.
We will be keeping an eye on how this story develops today as well as providing updates on the rest of the day's education, school and teacher news on this blog.
You can catch up with the rest of yesterday's news here.