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4 August 2020

Coronavirus: Plans to roll out 90-minute virus tests in schools

Coronavirus: Plans to roll out 90-minute virus tests in schools


The Telegraph reports new coronavirus tests, which produce results in just 90 minutes, could be rolled out in schools. By Danielle Sheridan. A separate article in the paper reports researchers have warned the reopening of schools could contribute to a second wave unless improvements are made to the test and trace system. By Laura Donnelly.

iNews reports localised lockdowns could force some schools to remain closed in September. By Jane Merrick.

Ofqual has announced schools can decide to drop poetry from the GCSE English literature syllabus in 2021 to "ease the pressure on many students and teachers". By Greg Hurst, The Times. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, a former board member of Ofqual and current chairman of the ISC. An article in Schools Week reports on other findings from Ofqual's consultation on next year's GCSEs and A-levels, adding no decision has been made on whether to delay exams until later in the summer. By Freddie Whittaker.

The Guardian reports some school leaders and teaching unions have said Ofqual's amendments to next year's exams 'do not go far enough' to mitigate for the disruption caused by the pandemic. By Sally Weale.

BBC News reports about 138,000 students in Scotland are receiving their grades in Nationals, Highers and Advanced Higher courses today. According to The Herald, Conservative education spokesperson Jamie Greene has called on the Scottish Qualifications Authority to release its methodology for calculating results, adding "the appeals process must be fair, transparent and equipped to deal with potentially thousands of cases in the coming days". By David Bol.

Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, has written to Scotland's education secretary John Swinney raising "significant concerns" over guidelines for reopening schools. By Daniel Sanderson, The Telegraph.

A report from the charity Buttle UK has identified food poverty and a lack of digital access as two of the key factors disrupting children's education during lockdown. By Will Hazell, iNews.

The Sun reports councils and schools are set to receive millions of pounds to put on extra bus services to help bring children back to school in September. By Matt Dathan.

Ceri Stokes, assistant head (DSL) at Kimbolton School, offers advice to teachers preparing to take on safeguarding roles when schools reopen next month. Tes.



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