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ISC Daily News Summary 30 July 2020

Coronavirus: Government accused of 'passing the buck' over face coverings in schools

Child welfare

Julie McCulloch, director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, has called for further clarification on face coverings in schools, arguing the Government has "passed the buck" to schools. By Dave Speck, Tes.

The Labour Party has warned it will be "impossible" for some parents to return to work during the pandemic without adequate childcare provision. BBC News.

iNews reports on findings which suggest mothers are most likely to have sacrificed work for home schooling during lockdown. By Paul Gallagher.

David James, deputy head (academic) at an independent school, considers the impact of the pandemic on the independent sector. Tes.

Clare Marchant, the head of UCAS, has predicted 80,000 students could find a university place through clearing this year, due to a drop in the number of students coming from overseas. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

Schools Week reports pupils may have to sit additional tests next year as part of efforts to measure the extent of learning losses during lockdown. By John Dickens.

Richard Crellin, policy manager at the Children's Society, writes in The Times calling on the Government to introduce a national measurement of children's wellbeing, arguing "it is vital that children are listened to, so that how they have been affected by the pandemic can be understood".

First minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected today to confirm Scotland's schools will fully reopen on 11 August. BBC News. An article in The Times reports on findings which suggest fewer than half of councils in Scotland are preparing for a full timetable, instead opting for a "blended learning" approach. By Kieran Andrews.

An article in Tes summarises the appeals process for this year's Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exams. By Emma Seith.

Sadie Hollins, head of sixth form at a British-curriculum school in Thailand, writes in Tes arguing lockdown has left children at risk of developing an addiction to online gaming.

PM's claims about child poverty 'inaccurate', statistics watchdog finds

General education

In response to a complaint made by the End Child Poverty Coalition, the Office for Statistics Regulation has confirmed some of the statements made by Boris Johnson about child poverty are "incorrect". BBC News.

Fitness trackers can lead to "obsessive behaviour" in young people, study warns

Child welfare

According to the Digital Health Generation, the use of fitness trackers among children and young people can lead to "obsessive behaviour, anxiety and terror". BBC News.

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