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Daily News Summary
26 July 2021

image Coronavirus: 'Small minority' expected to attend catch-up summer schools
image Research points to link between poor mental health and lower GCSE grades
image Independent schools 'writing to universities on behalf of pupils who have dropped a grade'
image "You have to have a passion to transform lives"
image Campaigns to decolonise university curriculums questioned by watchdog

Coronavirus: 'Small minority' expected to attend catch-up summer schools

 

According to polling commissioned by iNews, just one in 50 parents say their child will attend a summer school involving academic 'catch-up' this holiday. By Will Hazell.

Ministers have reportedly been urged to scrap self-isolation rules for children in time to "rescue" summer camps. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

The Telegraph explores the debate over vaccinating children against COVID-19. By Paul Nuki.

The Educational Institute of Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to consider vaccinating more 12 to 17-year-olds, stating that it "does seem a sensible way to reduce infection in schools". By Mark McLaughlin, The Times.

Kevin Pringle writes in The Times advocating rolling out the vaccine to children in Scotland aged 12 and up, arguing: "Doing so as soon as possible would help to protect their learning time, and society at large."

Lindsay Paterson, professor of education policy at Edinburgh University, writes in The Sunday Times suggesting a partnership of parents and teachers is the only way in which Scottish children can recover some of their lost learning "in the absence of anything better from the policy-makers".

University students may have to be fully vaccinated before attending lectures or staying in halls of residence, as part of proposals to boost take-up of the COVID vaccine among young people. By Henry Zeffman, Steven Swinford and Martyn Ziegler, The Times.

 

Research points to link between poor mental health and lower GCSE grades

 

A study by the National Centre for Social Research has found that children experiencing poor mental health while at secondary school are three times more likely to not pass five GCSEs including maths and English. By Will Hazell, iNews.

 
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iNews

Independent schools 'writing to universities on behalf of pupils who have dropped a grade'

 

Independent schools have reportedly been contacting top universities and medical schools on behalf of pupils who have not met their grade requirements. By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council.

 
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The Sunday Times

"You have to have a passion to transform lives"

 

Speaking to The Guardian, three newly-qualified teachers reflect on their first year in the classroom. By Liz Lightfoot.

 
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The Guardian

Campaigns to decolonise university curriculums questioned by watchdog

 

Lord Wharton, chair of the Office for Students, has warned that some anti-racism campaigns, which reward "decolonising" university curriculums and tackling micro-aggressions, "could undermine free speech and interfere with academic freedom". By Camilla Turner and Ewan Somerville, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

 

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