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Schools need to stay open because ‘economic and social consequences’ of shutting them are too high

Schools must stay open to protect children’s mental health and avoid the ‘immense’ economic and social consequences of another closure, scientists have warned. Speaking at a meeting of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee via Zoom today, professors said Britain’s children and young people had missed out on crucial social interactions due to … Read more Schools need to stay open because ‘economic and social consequences’ of shutting them are too high

One MILLION pupils skip classes due to Covid fears as 4% of schools are closed

Up to one million schoolchildren are reportedly skipping class as the nation is gripped by the fear of a second coronavirus spike.   Official attendance records have shown that of the 8.82 million schoolchildren in the UK, around one in eight pupils have not returned to school, despite 96 per cent of schools reopening since the pandemic.  … Read more One MILLION pupils skip classes due to Covid fears as 4% of schools are closed

Sort out testing… or else: Teaching union warns Government schools could be forced to close again

Sort out coronavirus testing… or else: Teaching union warns Government that schools could be forced to close again unless emergency measures are taken Union demands children and school staff be made a ‘high priority’ for testing  It tells PM to not take support for the wider reopening of schools ‘for granted’ The union also suggests … Read more Sort out testing… or else: Teaching union warns Government schools could be forced to close again

Modern-living communities now come with schools, GPs, shops and bars 

On A fresh early autumn morning, Lakeview, just outside Keinton Mandeville deep in rural Somerset, appears to be the archetypal English village. Houses, made of the local bluey-grey lias stone, surround the village green. There are allotments, orchards and wildflower meadows.  Stand still and the only sounds to be heard are the squeals of children … Read more Modern-living communities now come with schools, GPs, shops and bars 

Testing fiasco threatens schools chaos: Teachers call for coronavirus screening

Testing fiasco threatens schools chaos: Teachers call for coronavirus screening as thousands of pupils across the country are sent home from lessons… but the demand is set to be low on ministers’ ‘priority list’ Almost every school in the country is now suffering virus-related problems, unions warn Teachers fear a ‘lockdown by default’ as thousands … Read more Testing fiasco threatens schools chaos: Teachers call for coronavirus screening

Headteachers warn 740 schools have been forced to shut or send pupils home

Britain’s testing fiasco has forced 740 schools to send children home, an academy chain boss revealed today amid warnings from teachers the situation is getting ‘out of control’. Steve Chalke, the head of Oasis Academies Trust, made the alarming claim as Boris Johnson faced mounting pressure to get a grip over widespread lack of access … Read more Headteachers warn 740 schools have been forced to shut or send pupils home

Quarter of parents leave their car engines idling outside schools

More than one in four parents and guardians have admitted to leaving their car’s engine running while waiting at the gates to pick up their children from school. With vehicle emissions closely linked to respiratory and other health issues among children and adults, councils across the country have displayed ‘no idling’ signs outside schools with … Read more Quarter of parents leave their car engines idling outside schools

Over 300 schools in England and Wales forced to close or send pupils home after positive Covid tests

Thousands of students are having their return to school curtailed because of coronavirus outbreaks in the classroom amid a fiasco over testing. Headteachers have warned that schools — which were closed for months because of the pandemic — will ‘grind to a halt’ if teachers and pupils can’t get tested quickly to avoid whole-school closure. At … Read more Over 300 schools in England and Wales forced to close or send pupils home after positive Covid tests

RADA students demand George Bernard Shaw’s name be dropped from drama school’s theatre

Students at RADA have called for George Bernard Shaw’s name to be removed from the drama school’s theatre due to his support for eugenics.  The students have demanded the playwright’s name be removed from the George Bernard Shaw Theatre (GBS Theatre) as part of an anti-racism action plan. They have also asked the Royal Academy … Read more RADA students demand George Bernard Shaw’s name be dropped from drama school’s theatre

Unions warn full reopening of schools could be under threat

Unions warn full reopening of schools could be under threat as hundreds of teachers report delays in getting Covid-19 tests Head teachers’ union said Government could derail the full reopening of schools  More than 200 members have reported difficulties with test and trace system  Some schools have been told nearest testing centre is hundreds of … Read more Unions warn full reopening of schools could be under threat