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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

The Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance includes a number of updates, the most significant of which is the creation of Section Two of Part Five. This introduces the concept of low-level concerns raised about staff, supply staff, volunteers and contractors.

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30 September 2021 Mandatory directing off-site

On 17 September 2021, the High Court handed down judgment in the case that covers some important points in relation to directing pupils off-site and is one of the few cases that covers the powers of schools to do so.

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14 September 2021 Updated guidance on Covid-19 vaccination: 12 to 15 year olds

On 13 September the Department of Health and Social Care announced that young people aged 12 to 15 are to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine. People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs).

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Grades without exams: explore practical challenges when preparing for grade appeals

In the final of our three-part ‘Grades without Exams’ webinar series, we explored practical challenges when preparing for grade appeals and managing data requests.

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11 June 2021 Exam appeals guidance released

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) this week published the appeals guidance for grades awarded this summer.

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14 April 2021 Preparing to award teacher assessed grades

Schools will now be tasked with reading a vast amount of information to get themselves ready to provide teacher-assessed grades (TAGs) for students following the recent publication of the suite of Joint Council Qualifications (JCQ).

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14 April 2021 Future-proofing your Centre Policy

Exams centres, including schools, have between 12 and 30 April 2021 to develop and submit their Centre Policy. This policy will set out the centre’s approach to assessment and quality assurance during this summer’s teacher assessed grading (TAGs) process.

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1 April 2021 Everyone’s Invited – Ofsted to review safeguarding policies

Ofsted has announced that it will begin an immediate review of school safeguarding policies. It is now time that you take steps to ensure your policies and procedures are up to date.

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30 March 2021 ‘Everyone’s Invited’ - managing reports of child-on-child assault and harassment

The ‘Everyone’s Invited’ movement has over 9,000 testimonies on its website and, whilst it has recently taken the step to anonymise everything on the platform, a number of schools have been named.

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30 March 2021 Grades without exams - FAQs

In the absence of exams, the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual have confirmed that the 2021 GCSE, AS and A level and vocational and technical qualification grades will be determined by centre assessment.

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