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Daily News Summary
3 February 2022

image Levelling up white paper: DfE revises guidance on banning mobile phones in schools
image Coronavirus: Plan to create register for children educated at home
image Edexcel replaces textbook on Israel-Palestine conflict
image New guidelines launched for safeguarding pupils with allergies
image Ofsted tells primaries 'there is no need to design your own curriculum'

Levelling up white paper: DfE revises guidance on banning mobile phones in schools

 

As part of the Government's levelling-up plans, the Department for Education (DfE) has revised guidance on banning mobile phones in schools, adding that “head teachers are best placed to make decisions on whether mobile phones should be in classrooms”. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

Tes outlines what schools need to know about the Government's levelling up plans for education. By John Roberts.

 

Coronavirus: Plan to create register for children educated at home

 

The Government is to set up a register for children who are being home-schooled to “make sure they know where every child is being educated", amid rising concerns about about school attendance in the wake of lockdowns. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

According to The Telegraph, SNP ministers plan to spend £300,000 chopping the bottoms off around 2,000 classroom doors "to increase airflow” and stop the spread of COVID in schools. By Simon Johnson.

Tes takes a closer look at how long-COVID is affecting staff in schools. By Matilda Martin.

 

Edexcel replaces textbook on Israel-Palestine conflict

 

Edexcel, one of the UK’s biggest exam boards, has decided to replace a textbook on the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict with a set of “digital learning resources” following accusations of bias. By Will Hazell, iNews.

 
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iNews

New guidelines launched for safeguarding pupils with allergies

 

The Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy UK and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology have joined together to launch new guidelines on safeguarding pupils with allergies while they are at school. By Jo Golding, Independent Education Today.

 
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Ofsted tells primaries 'there is no need to design your own curriculum'

 

In a blog post published yesterday, Ofsted reassured primary schools that it is not essential that they design their own curriculums as long as they are “ambitious and coherent”. By James Carr, Schools Week.

 
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