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Daily News Summary
16 April 2020

Coronavirus: Teachers demand PPE ahead of schools re-opening
ISC blog: 'We must move forward with faith and determination during these challenging times'
School caterers pledge to cut meat served by 20%

Coronavirus: Teachers demand PPE ahead of schools reopening


Dr Patrick Loach, general secretary of the NASUWT, has said teachers and support staff must have access to personal protective equipment as a "pre-condition" for schools reopening. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph. An article in Tes features quotes from a number of primary school teachers who fear they will not be protected against coronavirus if schools reopen before the lockdown lifts.

Schools Week reports Ofqual has launched a 14-day consultation on proposals to award pupils a calculated grade. According to The Daily Mail, pupils will not be able to challenge the grades their teachers give them, and appeals can only be made by schools on technical grounds. By Josh White. The Telegraph reports on findings from an equality impact assessment published by Ofqual, which suggest Black and Asian students and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be given overly generous grade predictions by their teachers. By Camilla Turner.

The Department for Education has confirmed students will receive their A-level and GCSE results on August 13 and August 20 respectively. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

ITV News reports Norwich School has partnered with a Premier League football team and a car manufacturer to scale up their production of protective visors for NHS workers. The article quotes Ed Cann, an art and design teacher at the school.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, education will be the sector hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with a 90 per cent reduction in output. By Richard Partington, The Guardian.

Time for Inclusive Education, a Scottish education charity, is conducting research into the impact of the coronavirus on young people's mental wellbeing. By Henry Hepburn, Tes.

Tim Hawkes, a former headmaster, writes in Tes outlining ways teachers can maintain the social element of education while teaching remotely.

An article in The Telegraph features 48 activities to keep children of all ages entertained during the lockdown. By Sally Peck.


ISC blog: 'We must move forward with faith and determination during these challenging times'


Dr Gerard Silverlock, headmaster of King's College Junior School, Wimbledon, reflects on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


School caterers pledge to cut meat served by 20%


Public sector caterers which provide billions of meals each year to schools, universities, hospitals and care homes have vowed to reduce the amount of meat they serve to improve the healthiness of meals and help tackle the climate emergency. By Damian Carrington.

The Guardian


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