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Ethnic minority pupils missed more school than white peers due to Covid – survey

Data published on Thursday outlined statistics gathered from the autumn term of the 2020/2021 school year.
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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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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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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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Struggling pupils could be given four years to do GCSEs rather than two – tsar

Sir Kevan Collins said there is a ‘big discussion’ to be had about the future of online exams post Covid.
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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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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.
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Ministers ‘should pause primary school tests to give children time to catch up’

Only 15% of those surveyed think spending time preparing for SATs should be included in a recovery programme for pupils.
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Majority of schools will ‘prioritise exam-style papers when deciding grades’

The survey findings come after this summer’s GCSE and A-level exams were cancelled for the second year in a row.
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Student leaders call on competition watchdog to take action over fee refunds

The letter to the Competition and Markets Authority comes after many students have been told to stay away from campus until mid-May at the earliest.
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£15 billion funding boost needed in England ‘to support education recovery’

Some £1.7 billion of catch-up funding has already been made available to help those in England whose schooling has been interrupted by the pandemic.
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Signs that fewer families missing out on first choice primary school

Many councils across England have seen the number of applications fall this year.
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Primary school places allocated across England

Hundreds of thousands of families across England are finding out which primary school their child will be joining this autumn.
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Students should be allowed to return to accommodation ‘to boost wellbeing’

A petition calling for students to be permitted to return to campus at the start of the summer term has attracted 9,000 signatures.
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More than one in three teachers do not see themselves in education in five years

The UK’s largest teaching union has called it ‘a scandal’ that ‘so little effort has been made by government to value the profession’.
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Female teachers and pupils worried about walking school corridors alone – union

School staff have experienced ‘upskirting, down-blousing and inappropriate touching’ at school, NASUWT chief warns.
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Teachers subjected to sexualised language as well as violence and threats: union

The NASUWT union’s annual conference heard that many teachers are ‘struggling alone’ with extreme behaviour in the classroom.
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Government’s record on child poverty has been ‘shameful’ – Labour

Kate Green spoke at the NASUWT teaching union’s annual conference.
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Four in five teachers say job has affected their mental health during pandemic

More than one in four have sought the help of a medical professional due to the negative impact on their health, a poll suggested.
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Students ‘may attempt to submit plagiarised work as evidence for teacher grades’

Exam boards have told schools to ensure private tutors have not given ‘inappropriate levels of support’ to students.
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DfE accused of ‘amplifying divisions’ over prophet Mohammed cartoon school row

Pictures circulating on social media earlier in the day showed dozens of people stood outside the school gates, partially blocking the road.
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MPs fear ‘Wild West’ of grades and ‘chaos’ around university places this summer

The Education Select Committee has written to Gavin Williamson to raise concerns about the alternative arrangements for awarding grades.
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Government ‘considering’ extending school day post-lockdown

Department or Education 'examining' cost-effectiveness and evidence of adding extra classes to help children catch up

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Calls for clarity over move to keep nurseries open but close schools

The DfE said they were closing schools not because they are “unsafe” but because additional measures are needed to contain the spread of the virus