According to The Telegraph, government officials are drawing up a five-point rescue package to ease the impact of the pandemic on children. By Ben Riley-Smith.
Amanda Milling, co-chair of the Conservative Party, has said the rules around school bubbles should be lifted "as soon as possible" to stop children from "unnecessarily missing out on days in school". By Christopher Hope, Theodora Louloudis and Louisa Wells, The Telegraph.
Professor Adam Finn, a paediatrics expert and member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, has warned that school bubbles and the requirement to self-isolate are having a "paralysing" effect on society. By Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph.
Gerard Jones, the director of children and young people at Oldham Council, has said that schools are "bleeding out" due to COVID isolation rules. By Josh Halliday, The Guardian.
According to The Sunday Times, some independent schools have had to close early and send pupils home until September following coronavirus outbreaks. By Sian Griffiths. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council.
The Sunday Times reports several independent schools in Scotland are experiencing a surge in interest from parents seeking to protect their children's education in the wake of COVID disruption. By John Boothman. The article quotes John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, Lisa Kerr, principal of Gordonstoun, and mentions several other schools in membership of the ISC's constituent associations.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), has said that face coverings in secondary schools should "absolutely" be reconsidered at the beginning of the next academic year if COVID infections remain high. By Harry Yorke, The Telegraph.
Peter Wanless, head of the NSPCC, has warned that trauma caused by COVID could stay with young people "for a lifetime" if left unaddressed. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.
Robert Dingwall, professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University and a member of government advisory groups, writes in The Telegraph calling for an end to "draconian" COVID measures in schools.
Writing in The Telegraph, Iain Duncan Smith urges the Government to "rethink its panicked policy on schools", adding: "Enforced and unnecessary absence is failing our children."
According to research from FFT Education Datalab, school absence rates in England this year are almost double the pre-pandemic rate, with GCSE pupils missing the most time. By Will Hazell, iNews.
New guidance published by the Department for Education states that schools may need to modify their curriculum "substantially" to help pupils catch up on their learning. By Samantha Booth, Schools Week.
Russell Viner, a paediatrician and professor at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, writes in The Observer arguing it is "reasonable" to vaccinate vulnerable under-18s against COVID, adding: "Then, we should vaccinate healthy teenagers once we have adequate safety data - but for this we must wait."
According to The Telegraph, TikTok has removed a number of viral videos teaching children how to fake positive lateral flow tests. By Dominic Penna.
Sally Holland, the children's commissioner for Wales, has called for face mask rules in secondary schools to be scrapped with "immediate effect". BBC News.