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Daily News Summary
19 April 2021

image Coronavirus: School testing kits investigated for containing out-of-date instructions
image 'Children have taken the worst hit from the pandemic'
image Marcus Rashford launches book club for disadvantaged children
image Independent schools with branches in China 'retreating' over teaching restrictions
image Universities expected to train staff on how to respond to sexual misconduct incidents
image SNP publishes plans for "anti-racist education" programme
image New spelling system hopes to 'accelerate access to literacy'

Coronavirus: School testing kits investigated for containing out-of-date instructions

 

According to The Telegraph, a number of lateral flow testing kits sent to schools are being investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for containing out-of-date guidance. By Henry Bodkin.

A parliamentary committee has warned the closure of playgrounds has contributed to "a pandemic of mental health problems" among children. By Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph.

Robert Peston, founder of Speakers for Schools, writes in The Sunday Times reflecting on the impact of COVID-19, arguing "helping young people get back on track is an obligation for us all".

The Guardian explores the launch of Headrest, a confidential phone service for headteachers struggling with the pressures of the pandemic. By Melissa Benn.

An article in Tes considers the implications of extending the school day to help pupils catch up on their learning. By William Stewart.

Figures show higher proportions of children are gaining places at their first choice of primary school in many areas across England, amid a drop in applications during the pandemic. By Kate Ng, The Independent.

Survey findings suggest the cost of childcare for children aged under three has risen significantly over the last year, with the average annual bill for a part-time nursery place increasing to more than £7,000. By David Byers, The Times.

Paul Carberry, the Scotland director of the Action for Children charity, writes in The Sunday Times calling for a "children's budget" to help tackle poverty and "equalise education opportunities for all".

 

'Children have taken the worst hit from the pandemic'

 

Speaking to The Telegraph, Dame Rachel de Souza explains how she plans to work with officials to support children and young people affected by the pandemic. By Catherine Pepinster. Tes reports on the launch of The Big Ask, a survey created by the children's commissioner to ask millions of children across England about "what life is like for them, what their hopes and ambitions are, and what is holding them back". By Dave Speck.

 

Marcus Rashford launches book club for disadvantaged children

 

Marcus Rashford MBE, a footballer and child poverty campaigner, is joining the children's food charity Magic Breakfast and Macmillan Children's Books to donate 50,000 free books to primary school pupils. The campaign aims to encourage children to read more and support those from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack access to books at home. By Sam Clark, iNews.

 
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iNews

Independent schools with branches in China 'retreating' over teaching restrictions

 

The Times reports some independent schools with campuses in China are 'moving away' due to tighter restrictions on what they can teach. By Emma Yeomans.

 
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The Times

Universities expected to train staff on how to respond to sexual misconduct incidents

 

The Office for Students is set to publish new guidance instructing universities to provide "adequate and effective" training on how to prevent, and raise awareness of, sexual harassment. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

SNP publishes plans for "anti-racist education" programme

 

The SNP has outlined plans for a new education programme, designed to encourage Scottish schoolchildren to "face the UK's colonial past" in history lessons inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. By Daniel Sanderson, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

New spelling system hopes to 'accelerate access to literacy'

 

The International English Spelling Congress has voted to promote Traditional Spelling Revised, a new system intended to make the English language easier for children to learn. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.

 
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The Sunday Times

 

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