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23 April 2020

Coronavirus: Pupils may not be able to sit some exams in autumn
"Dyslexia is no barrier to achieving whatever you want"
Girl takes legal action over changing room policy
Five-year-old boys display "benevolent sexism" towards girls, study suggests

Coronavirus: Pupils may not be able to sit some exams in autumn


Tes reports exam boards may decide not to offer autumn exams for all GCSE and A-level subjects, meaning pupils dissatisfied with their results may not be able to get new grades before Christmas. By Catherine Lough. A separate article in Tes features the responses of the Scottish Qualifications Authority to questions asked about the new exam grading system. By Emma Seith and Henry Hepburn.

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has said June 1 is the earliest "realistic" point at which schools in England could start re-opening. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News. Figures showing the low numbers of children in school during the lockdown have prompted calls for the Government to make it compulsory for vulnerable pupils to attend. By Sally Weale and Richard Adams, The Guardian. Anne Longfield, children's commissioner for England, writes in The Telegraph arguing more must be done to improve the attendance levels of vulnerable children. Tes reports police chiefs have warned greater numbers of pupils could be at risk of extremist conversion due to the lack of teacher vigilance caused by school closures. The Sun reports parents are concerned some nurseries could close permanently, after updated government guidance revealed thousands would not have full access to furlough funding for their staff. By Levi Winchester.

Eaton Square School in central London has created a Hardship Fund to help support parents unable to pay the full fees over the coming months. IE Today. The article quotes Sebastian Hepher, principal at the school, and Julie Robinson, chief executive of the ISC.

BBC News reports volunteers have been brought in to Bedford School to help open and display more than 65,000 birthday cards sent to war veteran Captain Tom Moore.

Tes reports on concerns that changes to government guidance are making it harder for suply teachers to access financial support. By Dave Speck.

A new report suggests British universities face significant financial losses as more than 111,000 applicants who were due to begin their courses this autumn now plan to defer for a year. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

Vicky Ford, the children's minister, has said schools can provide newly-eligible pupils with free schools meals or food vouchers before they receive "evidence" of universal credit claims. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Schools Week reports on delays to a government scheme designed to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged children with free laptops during the lockdown period. By Freddie Whittaker.

The Education Endowment Foundation has outlined six ways schools can support children learning from home. By Amy Gibbons, Tes.

Kate Mavor, chief executive of English Heritage, offers 10 history lesson ideas for children to engage in at home. The Telegraph.

iNews features the insights of those who have been inspired to consider alternatives to formal education while schools are closed. By Sophie Morris.


"Dyslexia is no barrier to achieving whatever you want"


Ceri Stokes, assistant head (DSL) at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire, reflects on how she has overcome the challenges associated with being a dyslexic teacher. Tes.


Girl takes legal action over changing room policy


The High Court has granted a 13-year-old girl permission to take landmark legal action against her local council over guidance which states transgender girls can use female toilets, changing rooms and dormitories on school residential trips. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

The Times

Five-year-old boys display "benevolent sexism" towards girls, study suggests


According to psychologists at New York University, young boys can exhibit "benevolent attitudes" towards girls during 'chivalrous play', which can contribute towards patronising and undermining behaviour towards women in adult life. By Phoebe Southworth, The Telegraph.

The Telegraph


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