Round-up: Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccine and sex education

Tes presents a round-up of the biggest education news stories and features from the past week

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Tes education news round-up: Nadhim Zahawi, the Covid vaccine and sex education in schools

It's been a big week for education: Gavin Williamson was fired as education secretary and replaced by Nadhim Zahawi, Nick Gibb left his post as schools minister at the Department for Education and the Covid vaccine was approved for 12- to 15-year-olds.

Catch up on all the biggest education news and views here. 

News

Pupils aged between 12 and 15 should be offered a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the UK’s four chief medical officers (CMOs) have said.

As the government’s reshuffle got underway, it was confirmed that Gavin Williamson had been dismissed as education secretary after just over two years in the post.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi was named as the man to replace Mr Williamson. He has pledged to listen to teachers and invest in schools.

The reshuffle also brought the departure of long-standing schools minister Nick Gibb, who had been in post for most of the past decade and was seen as a key figure in driving education reform.

The NAHT school leaders' union has urged Mr Zahawi to secure more Covid recovery funding for schools and the Association of School and College Leaders has said the government should consider exam reform.

Features

For many students, the Bard is inaccessible – but Hetty Hughes has a secret ingredient up her sleeve: blood.

Miscarriage is heartbreaking – and in schools, we need to support those who are suffering, writes Laura Pizey

Middle leaders are at the centre of school improvement but they are only as successful as the people around them, writes Elena Diaz

Teaching pupils to engage positively with their sexual identity is key to tackling sexual harassment, says sex and relationships adviser Jonny Hunt. 

Leaving room for deliberate forgetting can boost knowledge retention, writes Kirstin Mulholland.

 

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