Ofsted inspections won’t restart for a “couple of weeks” while the new chief inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver, responds to the concerns raised in the Ruth Perry inquest. Oliver is launching an internal inquiry into Ofsted’s response to Ruth Perry’s death, as well as leading initial training for all inspectors in supporting school leaders with anxiety [Schools Week].
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No exam support for pupils affected by school closures due to RAAC. The DfE has confirmed they can’t make changes, despite pupils’ worries about missing out on specialised equipment, or being impacted by disruption [BBC News].
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Edexcel announces plans to allow digital exams from 2025. Exams such as GCSE English will no longer need to be handwritten, according to one of the UK’s largest assessment boards [The Telegraph- registration required].
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