News links from 21.03.2020 to 03.04.2020

Press Releases and Statements

HMC Chair Fiona Boulton responds to Ofqual guidance, (Fiona Boulton, HMC Chair, Guildford High School), 03.04.2020  

Richard Backhouse named HMC chair, (Richard Backhouse, Berkhamsted Schools Group), 31.03.2020

HMC News

TES, Elite private school group HMC takes on new chair, (Richard Backhouse, Berkhamsted Schools Group), 01.04.2020 

Members’ News

TES, Coronavirus: Most A-level students won't sit 2020 exams, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 03.04.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: GCSE analysis gives ‘confidence’ to teacher assessment plan, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 03.04.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Grades plan imperfect but fair say heads, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 03.04.2020

The Telegraph, Meet the teacher and pupils making 200 coronavirus masks a day for NHS staff, (Tonbridge School), 03.04.2020 

TES, Exclusive: Hundreds private schools 'bust by Christmas', (Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC), 03.04.2020 

Independent Education, Cancellation of exams could prompt debate, says Gresham’s head, (Douglas Robb, Gresham’s School), 03.04.2020 

BBC News, Coronavirus: Norwich School teachers use design stock to make PPE, (Steffan Griffiths, Norwich School), 02.04.2020 

TES, Coronavirus: Schools make PPE for NHS staff, (Monkton Combe School, Oundle School), 02.04.2020

The Daily Mail, Teachers make more than 100 visors in school art and design workshop to protect NHS frontline medics during coronavirus crisis, (Steffan Griffiths, Norwich School), 02.04.2020

TES, Coronavirus: School bagpipers to celebrate key workers, (Glenalmond College, Strathallan School, and St Columba's School), 02.04.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: Heads demand ‘urgent’ clarification on exam fee rebates, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 01.04.2020

TES, Coronavirus: 'Refund our exam fees,' say heads, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 01.04.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Private schools 'wrestling' with fee cuts, (Andrew, Halls, King’s College School Wimbledon, Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC; Eton College, Marlborough College)

The Guardian, Private schools in UK struggling as coronavirus costs bite, (Eton College), 01.04.2020

Independent Education Today, The perfect storm?, (Chris Seal, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok), 01.04.2020 

Independent Education Today, Coronavirus: Stamford D&T teachers producing 200 face masks a day for NHS, (Will Phelan, Stamford Endowed Schools), 01.04.2020 

The Telegraph, Bursaries guide: how to find the best financial assistance at private schools, (Westminster School; Wellington College, Christ’s Hospital, Rugby School, Godolphin and Latymer School, Millfield School), 31.03.2020 

The Guardian, Councillor's 'oven-ready' scheme to force private schools to pay their bit, (Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC), 31.03.2020 

TES, Neuroscience course to fill 'gap' in teacher training, (Julia Harrington, Queen Anne’s School Caversham), 31.03.2020 

The Telegraph, Can I get a refund on private school fees during coronavirus? Who qualifies and how do you apply, (Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC), 31.03.2020

The Daily Mail, £42k-a-year Eton College offers FREE online study courses to UK teenagers during coronavirus lockdown and makes empty boarding houses available for key workers, (Simon Henderson, Eton College; The Perse School), 30.03.2020 

The Herald, Coronavirus in Scotland: Top Edinburgh school offers free parking for NHS staff, (Fettes College), 30.03.2020 

The Guardian, Concern for A-level students over cap on university admissions, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 30.03.2020 

The Evening Standard, Eton offers free online courses for UK teenagers during coronavirus lockdown, (Simon Henderson, Eton College), 30.03.2020

iNews, Coronavirus in the UK: Eton College offers UK state schools free access to its online courses, (Eton College), 30.03.2020

The Telegraph, Can I get a refund on private school fees during coronavirus? Who qualifies and how do you apply?, (Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC), 30.03.2020

The Sunday Times, Eton and King’s cut fees as sop to parents, (Eton College; Marlborough College, King's College School Wimbledon, Richard Cairns, Brighton College), 29.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Eton offers free courses to state pupils, (Simon Henderson, Eton College), 29.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Eton cuts its £42,500-a-year fees for boarding pupils after parents complain that top private schools are still charging for accommodation despite children being sent home, (Eton College, Marlborough College, King's College School Wimbledon), 29.03.2020

The Telegraph, Private school parents demand fee refunds over fears institutions could go bankrupt, (Eton College, Uppingham School), 28.03.2020

The Times, Coronavirus: Assemblies online, mentors and hymns as teachers get learning, (Lucy Elphinstone, Francis Holland School, Sloane Square; Charles Fillingham, Francis Holland School, Regent's Park), 28.03.2020

The Independent, Coronavirus: Outdated IT systems pushed to the limit by large-scale remote working, say schools, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 28.03.2020

Financial Times, How to get refunds for school fees, season tickets and much more, (Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC), 26.03.2020

HuffPost, These Schools Are Making Vital Protective Equipment For Hospitals As Coronavirus Pressure Builds, , (Sevenoaks School, Taunton School, King's College), 26.03.2020

TES, Covid-19: 'The independent sector stands ready to help', (Julie Robinson, CEO at ISC), 25.03.2020

The Telegraph, From Crystal-Maze-style codes to circus skills: welcome to the wacky world of 11+ school assessments, (Chris Stevens, Bradfield College), 25.03.2020

The Telegraph, ‘Boys who might not step up for leadership roles in the presence of girls will do so at a boy’s school’, (Harrow School), 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, Are single-sex schools finished? (Tom Lawson, Eastbourne College; Benenden School, City of London School for Girls, Eton College, St Paul’s School, Winchester College, Christ’s Hospital, John Lyon School), 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, ‘At her girls’ school, my daughter had plenty of space to find her voice and lead’, (Jenny Brown, City of London School for Girls), 24.03.2020

The Times, Prove you’re key workers, schools will tell parents, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 24.03.2020

BBC News, Jaideep Barot (Headmaster at Bristol Grammar School) on the BBC News channel (23rd March 2020) discussing school closures, key workers, remote learning and exams in relation to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on schools

BBC News, Coronavirus: Parents heed calls not to send children to school, 23.03.2020

The Times, Teachers urge families not to ignore coronavirus classroom ban, (Andrew Halls, King's College School, Wimbledon), 23.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Nearly every UK school remains open but with only a fifth of pupils: Parents heed calls to keep children at home in battle against spread of coronavirus, reveals survey of 3,500 headteachers, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 23.03.2020

The Independent, Coronavirus: Parents listen to pleas to keep children at home but heads warn schools are running low on supplies, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 23.03.2020

The Telegraph, Tutors are becoming more popular. Here’s how you know it’s time to get one for your child, (Victoria Bingham, South Hampstead High School; Alexandra Wilson, Hull Collegiate School, Adam Pettitt, Highgate School), 23.03.2020

The Sunday Times, Where to find online lessons when home schooling starts on Monday , (Andrew Halls, King's College School, Wimbledon), 22.03.2020

The Telegraph, Parents are threatening schools with legal action for refusing to allow their child a place amid 'key workers' row, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 22.03.2020

The Times, Letters to the Editor: Cancelled Exams, (Richard Cairns, Brighton College), 21.03.2020

BBC Sounds, Up all night’ show – Discusses how teachers and pupils are preparing for the switch to online learning, (Jaideep Barot, Bristol Grammar School), 21.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Who is a key worker? Do both parents need to be? Schools and families face confusing battle over who qualifies to keep their children in lessons with 1.7m pupils tipped to turn up at school gates on Monday, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 21.03.2020

The Times, Coronavirus update: Eton College to take key workers’ children, (Simon Henderson, Eton College), 21.03.2020

The Telegraph, Schools say they will be 'overwhelmed' if faced with caring for all children of key workers, (Geoff Barton, General Secretary at ASCL), 20.03.2020   

The Telegraph, GCSE and A-Level exams cancelled: How will UK grades be calculated?, 20.03.2020

Other articles of interest

Independent Education Today, The Teachers’ Pension Scheme – options, 03.04.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: An explainer on how grades will be awarded this summer, 03.04.2020

The Guardian, Exam regulator unveils GCSE and A-level plans for coronavirus crisis, 03.04.2020

BBC News, BBC offers biggest online education push 'in its history', 03.04.2020

TES, Will our pupils ever come back?’ ask private schools, 03.04.2020 

The Guardian, NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic, 03.04.2020

TES, How to tackle staff retention during school closures, 02.04.2020

The Independent, Zoom: Is it secure, can it be hacked, and how do you use it safely?, 02.04.2020

TES, We must not lose sight of teaching’s human touch, 02.04.2020

TES, Coronavirus: SQA issues new exam grade guidance, 02.04.2020

The Telegraph, University finance concerns amid rising deficits and collapse in overseas student numbers, 02.04.2020

The Guardian, Coronavirus lockdown raises risk of online child abuse, charity says, 02.04.2020 

The Telegraph, What do teenagers really think about the virus, school closures... and their futures?, 02.04.2020 

BBC News, National 5 coursework will not be marked says SQA, 02.04.2020 

TES, Analysis: Are teacher-assessed GCSE grades a good idea?, 02.04.2020

The Telegraph, Government vows to build on momentum on first anniversary of Telegraph's Girls, Inspired campaign, 02.04.2020

The Telegraph, Joe Wicks calls for schools to adopt mandatory fitness mornings once lockdown ends, 02.04.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: School staff who live with at-risk people should stay home ‘where possible’, 01.04.2020

TES, How to move your recruitment process online, 01.04.2020

TES, 10 tips for welcoming new starters during lockdown, 01.04.2020

TES, Coronavirus: 'Prioritise teachers for PPE and testing', 01.04.2020

Independent Education Today, Remote learning: what we learned in the early days, 01.04.2020

Financial Times, Live Q&A: How to get refunds during the coronavirus crisis, 01.04.2020 

The Guardian, UK poll finds young people's mental health hit by coronavirus, 31.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Most parents 'fear education will suffer', 31.03.2020 

TES, Coronavirus: 4 ways to maintain pastoral support, 31.03.2020 

TES, Coronavirus: 'Just like that, I had left school', 31.03.2020 

TES, Recruitment FAQs: how to hire during school closures, 31.03.2020 

BBC News, Lack of childcare 'forcing key workers to stay home', 30.03.2020 

The Telegraph, 'Virtual classes' over video apps could place children at risk, school warns, 30.03.2020 

Schools Week, Coronavirus: Schools told to review child protection policies, 30.03.2020 

TES, Coronavirus: Supply teachers 'suffering huge anxiety', 30.03.2020 

TES, Coronavirus GCSEs: Don't inflate grades, teachers told, 30.03.2020 

The Telegraph, School shutdown hits one in seven workers, 30.03.2020 

The Times, Letters to the Editor: Witholding private school fees, 27.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Universities could face having to slash tuition fees because they 'won't return to normal even by autumn', 27.03.2020

TES, Exclusive: Some teachers 'facing needless virus risk', 26.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Heads question safety of school hubs move, 26.03.2020

The Independent, Coronavirus: Children could face more mental health problems amid lengthy school closures, experts warn, 26.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: 'Urgent' need for answers on assessment, 26.03.2020

The Telegraph, Why we still need tests, even in the time of coronavirus, 26.03.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: Exams regulator to set out details of process and timetable ‘next week’, 26.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Universities could face having to slash tuition fees because they 'won't return to normal even by autumn', 26.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: GCSE and A-level grading plan 'by Easter', 26.03.2020

Inews, Coronavirus in the UK: Schools donate science goggles and gloves to NHS workers starved of PPE, 26.03.2020

The Times, Call to hire army of tutors to educate children online, 26.03.2020

The Times, Lockdown is opening the door to a new era of online learning, 26.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: FAQs for teachers wanting to move jobs, 26.03.2020

The Telegraph, Break times and lunch times must be staggered in schools to ensure social distancing, new guidance says, 25.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: MPs probe support for teachers and exams, 25.03.2020

Schools Week, Williamson: ‘I’m asking schools to go to exceptional lengths in coronavirus fight’, 25.03.2020

The Telegraph, Independent schools to offer fee discounts – but who qualifies and how do you apply?, 25.03.2020

TES, Safeguarding in international schools: 4 vital issues, 25.03.2020

The Telegraph, Parents still need to pay for the summer term, say headteachers of private schools, 25.03.2020

The Guardian, Schools asked to donate science goggles for NHS to use as face shields, 25.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: T-level delivery 'under review', 25.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: 'Use national test to check GCSE grades', 25.03.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: Trainees to qualify based on progress made towards teachers’ standards, 25.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Stagger break times for safety, says DfE, 25.03.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: Heads expect ‘better’ safety guidance, 25.03.2020

The Times, Scotland: Pupils’ work will not be marked, 25.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: ‘Issue teachers with protective clothing’, 24.03.2020

TES, How fair can this year's GCSE grades really be?, 24.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: IGCSEs cancelled worldwide, 24.03.2020

iNews, Coronavirus in the UK: Private schools likely to fold as result of the Covid-19 crisis, independent schools boss warns, 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, Why am I still paying full whack for my children's private school when it's now shut?, 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, School staff may stop turning up to work unless they are given better safety advice, headteachers warn, 24.03.2020

The Times, Fears that fees will dry up grips the private sector, 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, Remote learning could come at the expense of poorer families, 24.03.2020

The Times, E-learning opens world of opportunities, 24.03.2020

The Times, How to safeguard your mental health during the coronavirus crisis: what you need to do, 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, Coronavirus school closures: what does it mean for exams - and which children can still go to school?, 24.03.2020

The Telegraph, Who qualifies as a key worker? Coronavirus school closures explained, 24.03.2020

The Times, Keep paying suppliers, councils told, 24.03.2020

The Times, Universities face fines for poaching students, 24.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: 'Test all teachers to keep them safe', 23.03.2020

The Independent, Coronavirus: Children no longer in school must not play outside with friends, minister urges, 23.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Online learning platform sees 50,000 pupils a day signing up for classes as schools close amid coronavirus outbreak while others make educational resources available for free, 23.03.2020

The Independent, Black students will suffer most from A-level cancellations – they routinely outperform their predicted grades, 23.03.2020

TES, England's teachers 'most stressed' in developed world, 23.03.2020

The Telegraph, Schools chaos as headteachers face 'life and death' decisions over key workers in coronavirus crisis, 23.0.2020

Schools Week, Coronavirus: Schools and LAs should ‘work together’, and 5 other key points from the latest DfE guidance, 23.03.2020

The Telegraph, Parents struggle with homeschooling as they complain 'maths has changed' on first day of closures, 23.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: International Baccalaureate cancels exams, 23.03.2020

BBC News, Unis must stop unconditional offers in virus confusion, 23.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Private schools' plea to parents over fees, 22.03.2020

The Telegraph, Parents are threatening schools with legal action for refusing to allow their child a place amid 'key workers' row, 22.03.2020

The Guardian, Scotland's schools told to stop pupils attending to finish coursework, 22.03.2020

The Daily Mail, Private schools may offer parents partial refunds and freeze fees for next year after being forced to close over coronavirus, 22.03.2020

The Herald, Coronavirus: Scottish Government unable to guarantee all teachers will be paid, 21.03.2020

TES, Coronavirus: Teachers call for clarity over closures, 21.03.2020

The Telegraph, Coronavirus: Private schools plead with parents not to withdraw fees, 21.03.2020

The Telegraph, 500 school sport leaders deployed to help children remain active during coronavirus crisis, 21.03.2020

The Independent, Coronavirus: School children spam homework app with bad reviews in attempt to knock it offline, 21.03.2020

The Independent, Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy and learning during school closures, 21.03.2020

The Times, Coronavirus: Teachers will grade own pupils for GCSE and A level, 21.03.2020

Financial Times, Teachers call for clarification on UK list of ‘key workers’, 21.03.2020

The Times, Coronavirus: One in five children can still go to school as government releases key worker list, 21.03.2020

BBC News, Coronavirus: Teachers to estimate grades after exams cancelled, 20.03.2020

Financial Times, Cancelled exams to be replaced by teacher assessments, 20.03.2020

The Guardian, Some UK schools looking at unregulated exams to replace GCSEs and A-Levels