Is it safe to go back to school in England? The scientific advice so far

Michael Gove says it is safe for children to return to school – so what is the scientific guidance? The Department for Education recently released an overview of advice it received from Public Health England, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and its subgroup the Children’s Task and Finish Working Group – although specific evidence from these latter groups […]

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Better-off children ‘studying more in lockdown’

Children from wealthier families are spending more time each day studying in the coronavirus lockdown compared with the poorest, according to new research. A survey of families in England suggests better-off children will have studied for around seven days more than their poorer peers by next month. Children in the highest-income families spend six hours a day on education, but […]

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Teachers can legally refuse to return over risk to health, union warns

Teachers can legally refuse to return when schools reopen unless they get the same protections against coronavirus as other frontline staff, one of the UK’s leading teaching unions has warned. In a letter to local authorities seen by the Guardian, the 300,000-strong NASUWT threatens to invoke legal action to defend teachers against being forced back into schools on 1 June […]

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Some childminders in England told they can reopen

Childminders in England can reopen from Wednesday if they are caring for children from the same household, the government announced late on Tuesday. The move follows confusion about when childminders could reopen. “Childminders have been told three different things about plans to reopen in a matter of days,” said Neil Leitch of the Early Years Alliance (EYA). The EYA said […]

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Headteachers raise concerns over reopening of English primaries

Primary school headteachers in England have expressed concern at the government’s announcement on schools reopening next month, warning that it is too soon, it covers the wrong year groups and that many parents will elect to keep their children at home. Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that pupils in reception, year one and year six would begin a phased return […]

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Vocational exams to be estimated grades and delays

Vocational qualifications needed to get into further education or universities are likely to use estimated grades, says England’s exams watchdog. Ofqual has put forward plans to replace vocational exams cancelled by the coronavirus outbreak. But it says some qualifications that require a practical, hands-on test might have to be delayed. Ofqual chief Sally Collier says where possible students should not […]

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