Prime Minister wants to replace post-16 qualifications with ‘Advanced British standard’. Proposed plan would see A-levels merged with T-levels to form a new single qualification that will involve studying 5 subjects, including some form of English and maths [Schools Week].
Gillian Keegan calls on headteachers to ban pupils from using mobile phones during the school day. New guidance, to be issued ‘shortly’, won’t be statutory, and most schools already have some form of mobile phone ban in place [BBC News].
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Schools need to do more to avoid unconscious bias against working-class pupils. A professor of social mobility has suggested celebrating working-class achievement and role models in lessons [The Guardian].
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