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Guidance for schools, colleges, nurseries and other education and early years settings on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and information for members.

Updates 25 February 2021:

England:

Blog: Assessment arrangements

DfE: Education Secretary statement to MPs on education recovery and qualifications 

DfE: Teacher assessed grades for students: Students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught, the Education Secretary has announced

  • Direction issued to OfqualDirection from the Secretary of State for Education to Ofqual's Chief Regulator about how GCSE, AS, A level and vocational and technical qualifications should be awarded in 2021.

Ofqual:

How qualifications will be awarded in 2021:  An article from Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus, explaining the arrangements for 2021.

Simon Lebus responds to the Secretary of State’s direction of 23 February 2021: 

Scotland:

SNCT Teachers' Panel letter: COVID-19 Absence of effective mitigations in schools, February 2021 (pdf)
Letter from members of the Teachers’ Panel (which includes Voice Community Scotland) highlighting our concerns and discontent regarding the failures in implementation of mitigation measures that should already be in place in schools.

Latest SNCT circulars: 

Remote Schools Allowance SNCT-21-77 (pdf)

Distant Isles Allowance SNCT-21-78 (pdf)

Updates 24 February 2021: 

Deborah Lawson: Recovery won't be easy – but we must succeed 

England:

Voice Community's Statement on education recovery package

DfE:  New education recovery package for children and young peopleNew £700 million plan laid out to help young people in England catch up on lost learning due to the pandemic

An open letter from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to parents, carers and guardians 

Latest DfE updated guidance and information 

Wales: WJEC exam materials 

Updates 23 February 2021: 

Scotland: 

Scottish Government:  Gradually easing lockdown restrictions: Updated Strategic Framework published
The immediate priority will continue to be the phased return of education, building on the return of some pupils to school yesterday....

Updates 22 February 2021:

England: ‘A reckless throwing of caution to the wind’: Voice Community's statement on school return plans in England (Updated)

Voice Community: Updated COVID-19 FAQs

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