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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 […]

Covid: Many students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

Almost  two-thirds of university students in the UK say their mental health is  worse because of the Covid pandemic, a survey suggests. The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) report says ministers must “take heed” of the poll as restrictions ease. A  total of 56% are not expecting any more face-to-face teaching in this  academic year, […]

Ofsted announces return of area SEND inspections

Ofsted will begin revisiting areas where “significant  concerns about SEND provision” have been identified from next month,  ahead of a return to full inspections of local areas from June. Area SEND inspections have been paused since March 2020 due the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. However the inspections, which are carried out jointly by Ofsted […]

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 […]