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8 June 2020

Coronavirus: Exam disruption could continue into next year
Heads support calls to add more BAME authors to the GCSE English syllabus
Girls' boarding school to admit day pupils for the first time
"Good luck to everyone who continues to serve that noblest of purposes: the education of the young"

Coronavirus: Exam disruption could continue into next year


The Mail reports next year's exams could be affected by coronavirus disruption, with some schools and colleges expected to remain closed until January. By James Gant. The article quotes Andrew Halls, headmaster at King's College School in Wimbledon. BBC News reports many schools in north-west England will not reopen until at least 22 June amid concerns over the rate of infection across the region.

According to The Telegraph, the Department for Education (DfE) is drawing up guidelines on how universities and boarding schools should quarantine students and pupils returning from abroad. By Edward Malnick.

Dr Gavin Morgan, an expert in educational psychology at University College London, has warned the impact of prolonged school closures on children is "100 per cent" worse than coronavirus. By Peter Stubley, The Independent.

Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, has warned more independent schools could be "tipped over the financial edge" if fees become unaffordable for parents. By Catherine Lough, Tes. The article quotes Julie Robinson, chief executive of the ISC. The Sunday Telegraph reports up to 30 independent schools may be forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. By Camilla Turner and Max Stephens. The article quotes Julie Robinson, chief executive of the ISC, Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association, and mentions several schools in membership of the ISC's constituent associations.

Michael Brotherton, a partner at the law firm Stone King's education division, has warned some students may try to take legal action against their school if they feel they have been wrongly graded in this year's GCSEs and A-levels. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

Professor Sir Peter Scott, Scotland's fair access commissioner, has said "vigorous action" is needed to minimise the impact of the pandemic on disadvantaged students' university prospects. By Katie Bussey, The Times.

Iain Gray, former Scottish Labour leader, has expressed concern over the suspension of school inspections in Scotland, suggesting inspectors "should be in schools more often, identifying and providing the support required". By Arthi Nachiappan, The Times.

Tes reports on survey findings which suggest 9 per cent of schools are continuing to hold teaching observations during closures. By Amy Gibbons.

The Prince of Wales has praised teachers and schools for "going above and beyond for their pupils" during the pandemic, adding "we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude". By Lizzie Roberts, The Telegraph.

Schools Week reports the DfE is planning to set up an online parent and pupil panel to conduct fortnightly surveys designed to "help monitor the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children and young people".

Some parents and schools are threatening to boycott the PGL travel company after it refused to provide full refunds for cancelled school trips. By Katherine Denham, The Times.

The Observer reports headteachers are concerned the Government will not fulfil its promise to deliver laptops to disadvantaged teenagers, after a survey of 142 headteachers found 54 per cent had not yet received any. By Donna Ferguson and Michael Savage.

The Government has announced videos, webinars and teaching materials designed to boost mental health support for staff and pupils will be made available to schools and colleges. Tes.

An article in Tes offers advice to teachers on how they can manage their anxiety as they return to work. By Jon Severs.

According to a report from the British Council, the number of students from east Asia coming to UK universities in 2020/21 is expected to fall by 20 per cent, which could mean universities face a £460 million loss of income. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

An article in The Telegraph features insights from higher education experts on why students should reconsider their plans to defer their university places to 2021. By Katie Russell.


Heads support calls to add more BAME authors to the GCSE English syllabus


Teaching unions have expressed their support for a petition calling for more books written by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) authors to be added to the GCSE English curriculum. By Camilla Turner and Ewan Somerville, The Telegraph.

The Telegraph

Girls' boarding school to admit day pupils for the first time


Benenden School, the last remaining girls' boarding school, has announced it will introduce day pupils from September 2021. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph. The article quotes Anne Wakefield, deputy head of Benenden, and Samantha Price, the school's headmistress.

The Telegraph

"Good luck to everyone who continues to serve that noblest of purposes: the education of the young"


Bernard Trafford, a former independent school headteacher, writes his final article for Tes, in which he thanks readers for their support and wishes teachers good luck for the future.



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