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Lack of desk space reignites row over civil servants working from home

A union has accused ministers of bullying civil servants into working from the office, as figures show there are more workers at the Department for Education than available desks. Earlier this week, the department said it had 8,009 "full-time equivalent" staff but only 4,525 operational desks. Ministers have said they...
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Hull Ron Dearing UTC school to take on more students in major expansion

One of East Yorkshire's best-performing schools is to be expanded, using the premises of a former fire station. Hull's oversubscribed Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) said it would be able to offer an extra 200 student places after the expansion. The plans, which will retain the fire station's "original...
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Birmingham SEND services 'remain under tremendous duress'

The situation over Birmingham services for children with special educational needs is still "deeply worrying", a report says. Government-appointed commissioner John Coughlan stated services remained "under tremendous duress". The city had "struggled" for at least a decade to "provide consistent leadership" for services to its most vulnerable children, the report...
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Desk shortage forcing civil servants to work in corridors and canteens after back-to-office order

Civil servants at the Department for Education (DfE) have been forced to work in canteens and corridors due to a shortage of desks after being ordered back into office.Staff have been left struggling to find space to work after Jacob Rees-Mogg, the cabinet secretary for efficiencies, launched a concerted campaign to end home-working.Whole teams have been turned away from some offices because of overcrowding, according to Schools Week.Figures seen by the outlet showed staff outnumber desks by almost two-to-one across the DfE’s 12 offices.It comes amid an ongoing row between the government and unions about the future of home working,...
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Report finds reception children have fallen behind due to Covid-19 disruption

Fewer early years pupils have reached expected development standards because of the pandemic’s disruption to their education, a new report has found.The study of reception year children aged four to five was focused on a cohort who were all aged three or four during the first lockdown from March 2020, while in the second and third lockdowns they were in their reception year.It found that parents and schools felt that children had been disadvantaged in their social and emotional wellbeing, language and numeracy skills when entering reception classes in 2020 because of their experiences in the pandemic.Four and five year...
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New Perranporth secondary school to open by 2025

A site has been secured for a new secondary school on the north coast of Cornwall, the council has said. The new school will be in Perranporth and is scheduled to open by September 2025. It will be part of the Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, that already has 29...
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Statistics watchdog queries ‘transparency’ of Government’s academies document

The statistics watchdog has written to the Government over the “transparency” of its document setting out plans for a full academisation by 2030.Ed Humpherson, director general for regulation at the Office for Statistics Regulation, wrote to the Department for Education (DfE) on Wednesday to highlight “issues regarding the transparency, quality and replicability of the statistics” presented in the Government document presenting the case for academisation.In April, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), told an annual conference in Bournemouth that the Government’s case for academies “deliberately suppresses” information.He said the Government’s “case for a fully trust-led...
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