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  • Schools funding system 'must be fairer'

    The key group pushing for a fairer funding system in England's schools says government plans for a funding shake-up need to be rethought.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:19:36
  • 'More spent on free schools as older buildings deteriorate'

    The government has pledged billions for new free schools while existing school buildings in England are deteriorating, says the official spending watchdog. Repairing all school buildings to a satisfactory standard will cost an estimated £6.7bn, according to a National Audit Office report. Under government plans 833 free schools will open by 2021, costing £9.7bn.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:43:14
  • Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs

    The government is failing to take adequate measures to tackle "significant teacher shortages" in England, a committee of MPs has said.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:21:27

Latest Education News


The Exams Office produces a free-to-access weekly update of the latest educational news and exam reforms.


These updates are intended to help exams office staff in particular to keep abreast of the latest education news. This supports exams officers in their role, and also enables them to forward this information to teaching staff and SLT.

We recommend that exams officers download these updates of the latest news each Monday morning and attach them to the staff notice board. They can also be presented to Heads of Department at meetings as part of an 'exams office update'.

The Exams Office is working to raise the profile and status of exams officers. We hope that by sharing this news update with teachers and SLT they will see you delivering key information within your school/college.


Our latest weekly education update is available below:


This week's news stories cover:

  • Ofqual announce further decisions on marking reviews and appeals
  • QTS status ‘will not be scrapped’
  • Business rate rise pushes school budgets to breaking point
  • Plans announced to launch ‘chartered teacher status’ in 2018
  • Just 54 citizenship teachers trained in 2015/16


An archive of previous weekly education news is also available.


For our latest monthly exams update please use the link below:


Ofqual have produced 'postcards' to summarise the reforms being made to qualifications in England:


The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in schools/colleges as a result of the information provided on our website or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of schools/colleges to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.

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