Lockdown in England: schools to stay open

A second national lockdown has been announced in England with one crucial difference: schools to stay open.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said on Saturday: “Our senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, we cannot let this virus to damage our children’s future any more than it already has.”

However both regional mayors across England and senior members of the Conservative party have criticised the plans. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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School attendance figures continue to fall

School attendance around the UK has continued to fall as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on education.

The Education Policy Institute said that rising infection rates had created challenges for schools since they reopened, with hundreds of pupils and staff being sent home following outbreaks of the virus.

The rates are regionalised around the UK. Which areas have the highest rates of absence? This blog post explained.

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Coronavirus Act on Education: Remote Learning

Schools have a legal duty to provide a remote learning solution for learners who cannot access school buildings due to Covid-19.

The Coronavirus Act: Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction comes into effect this week.

Do you know how to be remote education ready? This blog post explains.

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What has children’s mental health been like on return?

Everyone’s mental health has been affected during lockdown and with more students being referred to counselling services, the impact on children’s mental health should not be underestimated.

Primary and high school teachers have said children had “become more vulnerable in lockdown“, according to the BBC.

 75% of mental problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start under 18. What has been the impact on children’s mental health?

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Changes and cancellations hit exams in Scotland

Exams in Scotland are to be adjusted or cancelled in 2021, the Education Secretary has announced.

The biggest announcement has seen National 5 exams cancelled and replaced with teacher assessments and coursework.

John Swinney said it was likely students would face disruption and that the Covid-19 pandemic was “too big a risk“.

Here is what you need to know.

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