Back to school: How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Healthy 12- to 15-year-olds in England and Scotland have begun receiving Covid jabs.  Across the UK, pupils this age are being offered a single Pfizer dose. How are vaccinations being rolled out? The  jabs are not compulsory but the government hopes offering all healthy  12- to 15-year-olds a single dose of Pfizer will limit school […]

GCSE media studies to cover Rashford’s food campaign

Pupils starting media studies GCSEs this year will study Marcus Rashford’s role as an influencer. The footballer and food campaigner’s media impact will be included in the syllabus of the AQA exam board. It will focus on his use of social media to speak out on issues such as free school meals and racism in […]

How could children make up for lost school time?

With children in England back in the classroom, teachers face the massive task of making up for months of missed learning. A £720m package has been announced to help pupils in England catch up – although teachers’ unions say more is needed.  Here are some of the measures which could be used to help pupils. 1. Summer […]

School attendance back at high levels in England

The first attendance figures since schools in England returned last week show high levels of pupils back in the classroom. In primary schools, 95% of pupils were in classes at the end of last week. The return has been staggered in secondaries to allow Covid testing, but 89% of pupils were in last Monday. “Certainly […]

First day back at school has ‘gone well’, say heads

The first day back at school for millions of children in England has “gone well”, say head teachers. They  are reporting high levels of take-up of Covid tests and compliance with  new rules on wearing masks in secondary school classrooms. Primary schools have opened in full, but most secondary schools are phasing a return to […]