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Daily News Summary
10 January 2022

image Coronavirus: Health secretary urges parents to get their children vaccinated to help keep schools open
image Lenient marking of GCSEs and A-levels will end next year, says Nadhim Zahawi
image Parenting organisation calls on the Scottish Government to scrap controversial school census
image "If a child is happy at school, that means that they will open up for learning"

Coronavirus: Health secretary urges parents to get their children vaccinated to help keep schools open

 

Sajid Javid has urged parents to get their children vaccinated to help keep schools open this year. Mr Javid said: "Keeping children in school is so important for their education, health and wellbeing." By Molly Blackall, iNews.

Russell Viner, professor of child and adolescent health at University College London, has called for rigorous scientific trials to find out whether face masks are effective in curbing COVID transmission in schools, adding: “The direct evidence supporting the use of masks in schools is pretty sparse." By Will Hazell, iNews.

The Scottish Teachers for Positive Change and Wellbeing union has claimed nothing has been done to improve ventilation in classrooms almost two years since the start of the pandemic. BBC News.

 

Lenient marking of GCSEs and A-levels will end next year, says Nadhim Zahawi

 

The education secretary has said that lenient marking of GCSE and A-level exams will end next year, with this summer’s grades pitched between last year’s and those awarded in pre-COVID exams. By Charles Hymas, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

Parenting organisation calls on the Scottish Government to scrap controversial school census

 

Connect, a parenting organisation, has called on Scottish ministers to scrap a controversial school health and wellbeing census that asks teenagers about their sexual experiences. By Marc Horne, The Times.

 
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The Times

"If a child is happy at school, that means that they will open up for learning"

 

The Times takes a detailed look at Agora, a non-selective state school in the southeast of the Netherlands that has received interest from all over the world for having "no classrooms, no timetables, no year groups and no curriculum". By Rachel Sylvester.

 
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The Times

 

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