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Around 1,126,000 pupils missed class on July 16 (David Davies/PA)
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Wolf-whistling could become a crime under new plans to protect women and girls

The Government’s strategy is expected to be announced later on Wednesday.
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Wolf-whistle law and street safety tool among plans to help protect women

The Government’s strategy is expected to be announced later on Wednesday.
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Priti Patel flags street harassment law as anti-violence strategy published

More than 180,000 contributors have helped shaped the new strategy.
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Action to tackle violence against women and girls to be published on Wednesday

More than 180,000 contributors have helped shaped the strategy, designed to tackle violence against women and girls.
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Number of graduates securing full-time jobs after leaving uni drops

Figures show that black graduates are even more likely to be unemployed more than a year after finishing courses than their white peers.
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Most primary schools in England ‘stopped teaching languages in first lockdown’

Covid-19 has had a ‘negative impact’ on language learning for pupils in primary and secondary schools, the British Council report suggests.
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Self-isolation rules to be eased for children and the double-jabbed

Ministers set out the latest plans as part of England’s bonfire of coronavirus restrictions.
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School ‘bubbles’ to end to prevent further disruption to education – Williamson

From August 16 children will only need to self-isolate if they have tested positive for Covid-19, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs.
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Covid-related pupil absence hits new high as numbers sent home surge

The figures came as the Education Secretary looks to replace the requirement for entire school bubbles to isolate after contact with a Covid-19 case.
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Teachers ‘should assume peer-on-peer abuse is happening’ despite lack of reports

The Education Department has published strengthened safeguarding guidance which will become mandatory in all post-16 settings for the first time.
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Schools urged to focus on core skills and storytime to help children catch up

Teachers have been urged in new guidance to give children the core vocabulary, maths and fine motor skills needed for them to progress.
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Critics of One Britain One Nation song should reflect ‘with shame’, says founder

Kash Singh praised the anthem, which was written by children at St John’s CE Primary School in Bradford.
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Schools can go ahead with ‘risk-assessed’ sports days

School leaders have warned that the latest clarification comes ‘too late’ for many schools.
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Schools ‘not there to be a political space’, says Gavin Williamson

The Education Secretary told MPs that schools must remain impartial.
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Government backs ‘One Britain One Nation’ campaign by former police officer

One Britain One Nation Day is due to be celebrated in schools on Friday through the singing of a patriotic song.
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Minister defends Government record on supporting disadvantaged children

John Whittingdale was questioned over Government policies on free school meals and Universal Credit.
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Proportion of pupils off for Covid-related reasons nearly trebles in a week

Covid-related pupil absence in state schools has risen to its highest rate since all schools reopened in March, figures suggest.
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MPs accused of fuelling ‘culture war’ by criticising terms like white privilege

Labour MPs on the education select committee have spoken out against the report’s focus on terminology.
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Disadvantaged pupils held back by use of term white privilege, MPs say

Schools should consider whether the promotion of ‘politically controversial’ terminology is consistent with their duties under the Equality Act 2010.
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Two in five disadvantaged pupils believe they will receive unfair grades – poll

A majority of students fear they will not be able to successfully appeal against grades they think are not reflective of ability, a survey suggests.
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Proportion of children securing first-choice secondary school place falls

More than two in five pupils in some areas have missed out on their top choice of secondary school, statistics show.
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‘Eriksen was lucky, my son was not’ – PM urged to act on defibrillators

Mark King, whose son died following a sudden cardiac arrest, is campaigning for the ‘lifesaving’ equipment to be mandatory in all schools.
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Ministers knew parents would face ‘higher childcare costs’ amid lack of funding

Early Years Alliance leader will accuse Government of ‘shamelessly knowingly underfunding’ the sector after documents published.
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Number of pupils in class drops before half-term amid Delta variant concerns

Nearly a third of secondary school pupils in Bolton were absent linked to Covid-19 ahead of the break, analysis suggests.
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Schools should be transparent with pupils over grading decisions to cut appeals

Heads have warned about the ‘extra burden’ being placed on schools and colleges as a result of the appeals process.
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Ministers should reintroduce face masks in classrooms in England, unions urge

Unions representing teachers and support staff have warned more pupils are likely to miss out on face-to-face lessons in weeks to come.
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Still unclear whether teenagers need a Covid-19 jab – JCVI member

Scientists are deliberating whether or not the vaccination programme should be rolled out for those aged 12 and over.
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Learning loss ‘regressed to autumn levels’ after second wave of school closures

Primary school children lost more than two months of learning in reading when they returned to class in March, a study found.
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New catch-up funding in autumn could be too late to help pupils – IFS

A one-off injection of spending could ‘prove to be a fantastic investment’ if it helps to mitigate losses from disrupted learning, researchers say.
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Economic cost of lost learning to run into billions, Sir Kevan Collins warns

Various estimates suggest that the crisis in lost learning calls for a massive national policy response.
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Sir Kevan Collins quits as catch-up tsar

He described funding as ‘pitiful’.
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Education catch-up tsar resigns over ‘inadequate’ fund for pupils

He said the package of support ‘falls far short of what is needed’.
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£1.4bn pupil catch-up cash branded ‘pitiful’ as recovery tsar admits more needed

The money will be used to offer students up to 100 million hours of tuition following school closures during the coronavirus lockdowns.
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Summer-born children unfairly labelled as having educational needs, says study

A report found that two out of five summer-born boys are categorised as having special educational needs and disabilities by primary schools.
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Number of pupils in class drops amid concerns about spread of Indian variant

The data suggests that 82,000 pupils were out of class and self-isolating last week due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus.
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Lack of playtime with peers has negatively affected young children, parents warn

The Sutton Trust charity is calling on the Government to put the development and wellbeing of pre-school children at the heart of its recovery plan.
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Three in five workers say pre-school children are behind with early development

Young children have forgotten how to put on their shoes and play with toys following the lockdown, staff say.
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Removing face masks from classrooms ‘unwise when infections remain in schools’

Union leaders and scientists have warned against lifting the face covering requirement in secondary schools in England from mid-May.
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School coronavirus face mask rule to be lifted despite warnings

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make the announcement on Monday, according to the Telegraph.
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Number of university students living with parents drops despite delayed return

The findings came after ministers confirmed all remaining students in England would not be allowed to return to campus until mid-May at the earliest.