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Daily News Summary
27 October 2021

image Coronavirus: Ministers consider reintroducing masks in school communal areas
image Budget: Union warns about further school cuts if teacher pay freeze is lifted
image Independent school introduces boxing lessons for girls
image David Thomas appointed as new policy adviser
image Student science experiment could be featured at the COP26 climate conference

Coronavirus: Ministers consider reintroducing masks in school communal areas

 

According to The Sun, ministers are considering plans to reinstate masks in communal areas in schools to tackle high numbers of COVID cases. By Kate Ferguson.

Scottish research by The Poverty Alliance has found that high-quality tutoring could significantly reduce educational inequalities. Dr Laura Robertson, lead author of the report, said: "Despite the evidence that it works, young people living in poverty still don’t have equal access to high-quality tutoring free of charge." Tes.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that more than half of 12 to 15-year-olds in Scotland have received their first COVID vaccination. By Henry Hepburn, Tes.

 

Budget: Union warns about further school cuts if teacher pay freeze is lifted

 

Headteachers have warned that schools could be forced to make further cuts to cover the cost of a teacher pay rise next year if the Government decides to lift the pay freeze without backing the decision with new funding. Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “School and college budgets are under huge pressure and cannot absorb additional costs." By Will Hazell, iNews.

Schools Week takes a closer look at what schools can expect if the pay freeze on school staff is lifted. By Tom Belger.

 

Independent school introduces boxing lessons for girls

 

The prep school at Brighton Girls has introduced shadow boxing lessons for pupils to boost female involvement in sport. Prep school headmistress Laura Comerford said: “This is a sport that has appeal to a lot of girls who may not be too excited by hockey, netball or dance. It’s something different and a way of getting girls who may not be interested in traditional games into sport and fitness." By Jo Golding, Independent Education Today.

 
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IE Today

David Thomas appointed as new policy adviser

 

David Thomas, co-founder of the Oak National Academy, has been appointed as a policy adviser to Nadhim Zahawi. By John Dickens, Schools Week.

 
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Schools Week

Student science experiment could be featured at the COP26 climate conference

 

A science experiment made by pupils at Stamford Welland Academy in Lincolnshire could be featured at at the COP26 climate conference. The experiment shows one way that CO2 can be recaptured from the air. BBC News.

 
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BBC

 

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