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ISC Daily News Summary 11 September 2020

Coronavirus: Back to school plans 'undermined by lack of available tests', headteachers warn

Child welfare

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has warned headteachers feel "utterly let down" by issues with the Government's coronavirus testing system. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

A review of over 1,500 studies has found online and blended learning are "often more effective than traditional instruction". By Emma Seith, Tes.

According to a global survey by Save the Children, eight in 10 children reported having learned little or nothing while schools were closed. By Georgina Hayes, The Telegraph.

Exam results 2020: Ofqual warned the Government of potential legal challenges over grading algorithm, documents reveal


Schools Week reports the Government was warned back in March that Ofqual and exam boards "may be subject to legal challenge" over the issuing of statistically moderated grades. By James Carr.

New data on this year's GCSE results show England saw the smallest boost to top grades out of all the UK nations. By Amy Gibbons, Tes.

According to Tes, the AQA exam board has announced changes to its GCSE history and English literature courses for 2021, following recommendations from Ofqual. By Catherine Lough.

Parents warned against idling their cars amid concerns over air pollution levels outside schools

Child welfare

Parents have been urged not to idle their cars outside schools, following new research findings which show more than a quarter of British schools, nurseries and colleges are situated in areas where air pollution levels are above guideline limits. By Emma Gatten, The Telegraph.

'How to promote pupil wellbeing across the world'

International education

Beth Kerr, global director of wellbeing at Cognita, is featured on the latest edition of the Tes international podcast, where she reflects on her role in promoting mental health and wellbeing in schools across the world. By Dan Worth, Tes.

Spotlight On: A mission to Mars

And finally

The latest instalment of the 'Spotlight On' series explores a STEM outreach programme led by St Mary's Junior School, Cambridge, where pupils joined their peers from Fulbourn Primary School for a mission to Mars.

If your school has a partnership project or outreach initiative you would like us to share as part of the 'Spotlight On' series, please email emily.roberts@isc.co.uk.

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