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Daily News Summary
28 August 2020

Coronavirus: 97% of schools expected to fully reopen next week
British teenagers 'have the lowest life satisfaction in Europe'
Schools 'not aware' they can order free period products, say campaigners
'Why the IB's MYP is an ideal alternative to GCSEs'
Spotlight On: Partnerships in a time of coronavirus

Coronavirus: 97% of schools expected to fully reopen next week


According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers, 97 per cent of schools in England and Wales will be welcoming back all their pupils at the start of term next week. By Hannah Richardson, BBC News.

BBC News reports a YouGov survey has found 65 per cent of people in England and Wales now support the full-time reopening of schools in September. By Sean Coughlan.

The Times reports headteachers are urging the Government to provide clear guidance for schools on face coverings. By Nicola Woolcock.

Tom Arrand, head of Cardiff Sixth Form College, writes in The Telegraph outlining the safety measures being put in place at the school to ensure the safe return of staff and students.

Tes reports independent schools are experiencing a "new wave of enthusiasm" from prospective parents ahead of the reopening of schools. By Catherine Lough. The article quotes Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, and Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC.

According to polling for the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank, 71 per cent of teachers believe they will not be able to close the attainment gap without extra support for vulnerable pupils. By Will Hazell, iNews.

James Bowen, director of policy at the National Association of Head Teachers, has questioned "whether it is definitely safe for supply teachers to move from school to school, and therefore across different bubbles". By Catherine Neilan, The Telegraph.

An article in The Independent features the perspectives of some teachers who are anxious about the return to school next week. By Zoe Tidman.

An anonymous teacher writes in The Telegraph expressing their fears about returning to the classroom, adding teachers are being "vilified" for wanting to reopen schools safely.

New research findings suggest no healthy child has died from coronavirus in the UK. By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph.

The Times reports 0.3 per cent of almost 17,500 children tested for coronavirus across Scotland in the last week have received a positive result. By Kieran Andrews.


British teenagers 'have the lowest life satisfaction in Europe'


A study has found that out of 24 European countries, teenagers in Britain scored the lowest for their general sense of wellbeing, with the report concluding a "particularly British fear of failure could be partly to blame". By Kaya Burgess, The Times.

The Times

Schools 'not aware' they can order free period products, say campaigners


Campaigners are calling on the Department for Education to spread awareness of a Government scheme where state schools and colleges can order free period products, as more than 60 per cent of those eligible have yet to sign up. BBC News.


'Why the IB's MYP is an ideal alternative to GCSEs'


Dr Daniel Sturdy, principal at Wotton House International School in Gloucester, writes in Tes outlining why he believes schools should consider teaching the International Baccalaureate's (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP).


Spotlight On: Partnerships in a time of coronavirus


Christina Astin, head of partnerships at The King's School in Canterbury and founder-chair of the Schools Together Group, offers support for partnerships coordinators ahead of the return to school. The blog is the first in a new weekly series entitled 'Spotlight On', which aims to showcase schools' partnerships and community action work.



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