The former head of Ofsted and the man who used to be responsible for all academies in England have both thrown their weight behind proposals to cut the school summer holidays.Sir Michael Wilshaw, who served as Ofsted chief inspector from 2012 to 2016, said restructuring the school year was “long overdue” and would be supported by headteachers and many parents.
Its purpose is to make sure that staff can raise controversial opinions without fearing for their jobs A new law being introduced which is aimed at strengthening free speech at universities will counter "the chilling effect of censorship on campus once and for all", a leading politician has said.
Longer school days should be introduced so pupils who have lost learning amid Covid can take part in social and academic activities, a report suggests.A three-year funding package of £13.5 billion is required to reverse the disruption to pupils' education due to the pandemic, according to the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank.
Longer school days, summer lessons and letting pupils retake year are among measures needed to help pupils catch-up after Covid, says report calling for £13.5bn cash boost
3-year funding of £13.5bn is required in England to reverse pandemic disruption Education Policy Institute (EPI) said longer school days are among the measures Incentives for teachers to work in 'challenging areas' should be offered, it added Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already made £1.7billion of catch-up funding But the think tank said ministers should have multi-year programme of support Longer school days, summer lessons and letting pupils retake a year are among the measures needed help pupils catch up on lost learning during the pandemic, a report has suggested.
Gavin Williamson says holocaust deniers will 'never, never, never' be protected under new freedom of speech laws designed to stamp out 'cancel culture' at universities
Williamson defended the proposed Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill But Education Secretary said it would only 'protect free speech within the law' Mr Williamson said that the law would 'never protect Holocaust denies' Holocaust deniers will 'never, never, never' be protected by the Government's new freedom of speech laws, Gavin Williamson said.
Holocaust deniers will “never, never, never” be protected by the Government’s new freedom of speech laws, the Education Secretary has said.Gavin Williamson issued a firm defence of the proposed Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which would give regulators the power to fine universities or students’ unions in England if they failed to protect freedom of expression.
A controversial bill forcing universities in England to promote free speech has been attacked by freedom of expression campaigners, who say the legislation is more likely to have the opposite effect.A letter to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, from the leaders of Index on Censorship, English PEN and Article 19 warns the government’s plans – including a free speech enforcer with powers to fine universities – “may have the inverse effect of further limiting what is deemed ‘acceptable’ speech on campus and introducing a chilling effect both on the content of what is taught and the scope of academic research exploration”.
"Art is essential to the growth of this country," say 300 art world figures and academics in open letter Three hundred art world figures including the Tate director Maria Balshaw and the artist Sonia Boyce have signed an open letter calling on the UK government to drop its plan to cut funding for art and design courses by 50% across higher education institutions in England.
New legislation will strengthen free speech at English universities to counter "the chilling effect of censorship on campus once and for all", the Education Secretary has said.Gavin Williamson said holding universities to account on the importance of freedom of speech in higher education was "a milestone moment" and it will protect "the rights of students and academics".
New legislation aimed at strengthening free speech at English universities will counter “the chilling effect of censorship on campus once and for all”, the Education Secretary has said.Gavin Williamson said holding universities to account on the importance of freedom of speech in higher education was “a milestone moment” and it will protect “the rights of students and academics”.
Universities in England could face fines if they fail to protect free speech on campus under tougher legislation set to be introduced.The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – which will “strengthen freedom of speech and academic freedom” at universities – was among the proposed changes to laws announced in the Queen’s Speech.
Laws aim to ensure staff can put forward controversial or unpopular opinions without being at risk of losing their jobs.Universities in England could face fines if they fail to protect free speech on campus under tougher legislation set to be introduced to combat so-called 'cancel culture'.The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – which will “strengthen freedom of speech and academic freedom” at universities – was among the proposed changes to laws announced in the Queen’s Speech.
Government announces £17m support funding for school mental health challenges ACTION is being taken to address the toll that Covid-19 and national lockdowns have taken on young people’s mental health, with senior leads set to be brought in for each school.The Government has announced £17 million to improve mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges in the recovery from Covid-19.
Gavin Williamson says next few months are ‘crucial’ in supporting recovery Millions of pounds will go towards improving mental health support in schools to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The government has announced more than £17m will be used to upgrade support in education as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Secondary school pupils in England will no longer be required to wear face masks in class from next week, the Government has confirmed.The decision to remove the requirement in secondary schools and colleges came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that more indoor mixing will be allowed to take place from May 17.