Press Briefings

North East schools far from ‘back to normal’ as we approach the February half-term

February 14, 2022

Despite the easing of Covid-related restrictions last month and opening up of society, schools continue to face significant operational challenges resulting from the pandemic, and are far from returning to ‘normal’.

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Easing of restrictions January 2022

January 3, 2022

Covid-related disruption has been a major challenge for schools during the pandemic, with large numbers of students and staff absent. This disruption has continued on into this academic year,with staff absences impacting on the ability of schools to remain fully operational.

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Covid-related absences in schools December 2021

December 6, 2021

Covid-related disruption has been a major challenge for schools during the pandemic, with large numbers of students and staff absent. This disruption has continued on into this academic year,with staff absences impacting on the ability of schools to remain fully operational.

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The Times’ school performance tables

December 2, 2021

The Times’ school performance tables, ranking schools by their examination results from 2017-19, highlights ‘top performing’ schools across the country and in the North East, at primary and secondary, and in the state and independent sectors. Schools North East congratulates those schools that have made it into the top ten in our region. Several of the region’s primary schools have performed particularly well in the national rankings as well, with St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Sunderland ranking 24th in the country

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Abuse of teachers in posts on TikTok

November 11, 2021

Schools North East strongly condemns the vile abuse some schools have received in posts on platforms like TikTok, across the country. Schools in our network have reported teachers receiving abhorrent abuse, with those targeted by these offensive posts undergoing real distress.

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Sir Keir Starmer sets out his plans for schools at Labour Conference

September 27, 2021

Schools North East broadly welcomes the plans for schools announced by Sir Keir Starmer ahead of his keynote conference speech. These plans would be a welcome support for children and young people in our region, especially the focus on digital skills, access to appropriate IT devices in the home, and a broader curriculum offer.

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Statement on the March 2021 budget

March 3, 2021

It is incredibly disappointing to see no provision for education in the Budget. The Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated how integral schools are as national strategic infrastructure and how they need to be protected as such.

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Statement on education recovery package

February 26, 2021

The announcement of more funding to aid the recovery of our students who have now seen two academic years of their education significantly disrupted, is very welcome. This is important particularly for our most disadvantaged students who have suffered the most learning loss throughout the pandemic.

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Statement on school return announcement 22/02/21

February 22, 2021

The Prime Minister has announced that all students will be returning to school from 8th March.Despite calls from Head Teachers and Unions, including Schools North East’s own ‘Roadmap to reopening’ for a phased reopening, the return will be for all students.

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Schools North East's roadmap to reopening

February 1, 2021

Proposals for the steps required to allow schools to plan a safe return for all students and staff

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Statement on the alternative arrangements for exams in 2021

January 13, 2021

We are pleased to see that the Education Secretary has proposed alternative arrangements for this year’s exams which incorporate trust in the profession through teacher assessment and will take views of all of those affected through a consultation.

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Schools North East response to acceptance of CAGs

August 17, 2020

We welcome the Government’s announcement to use Centre Assessment Grades for this year’s A levels and GCSEs. This is the swiftest and most effective means of remedying the current situation around exam grading, without overburdening school leaders as they prepare for September re-opening.

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‍Schools North East calls on Government to honour Centre Assessment Grades for GCSEs

August 17, 2020

Last week saw the huge impact that disruption caused by Covid-19 had on this year’s A level examinations. A fundamentally flawed moderation process has resulted in many students,disproportionately from our most disadvantaged and deprived communities, receiving lower grades than predicted.

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Schools North East calls on Government to take action on A levels

August 14, 2020

This year has seen enormous challenges for our school leaders and staff, as well as for their students and families. The systemic disruption caused by Covid-19 has had a huge impact on this year’s A Level examinations.

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