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ISC Daily News Summary 14 September 2020

Coronavirus: Schools 'sending hundreds of pupils home after one child tests positive'

Child welfare

The Mail on Sunday reports some schools are sending whole year groups home to self-isolate following the identification of one positive coronavirus case. By Michael Powell.

According to Schools Week, some schools are using their emergency supply of coronavirus tests to help bring pupils and teachers back to the classroom. By James Carr.

BBC News reports on a new pilot study designed to track coronavirus infections in schools. By Katherine Smith.

According to The Telegraph, psychologists have warned forcing children in England to follow the new "rule of six" could have a detrimental impact on their mental development and wellbeing. By Patrick Sawer. Cabinet office minister Michael Gove has insisted children under the age of 12 will not be made exempt from the new limits on social gatherings in England. BBC News.

The National Literacy Trust has launched a new virtual school library intended to help pupils worst affected by the pandemic. Tes.

Harris Federation, one of the country's largest academy trusts, has announced it will be running Saturday schools to help pupils catch up on their education. By Rosemary Bennett, The Times.

An article in The Sunday Times explores some of the struggles faced by families of children with special educational needs and disabilities during the pandemic. By Shanti Das and Jessie Hewitson.

Benjamin Ingram-Moore, grandson of Captain Sir Tom Moore and pupil at Bedford School, reflects on the skills and knowledge he acquired through helping his grandad raise money for the NHS during lockdown. Tes.

An article in The Telegraph summarises updated government guidance advising schools on how they can keep staff and students safe from coronavirus. By Steve Bird.

GCSEs and A-levels 2020: A closer look at this year's U-turn over grades


An article in BBC News examines the Government's decision to accept pupils' centre assessment grades, following the U-turn on exam results. By Sean Coughlan. The article quotes Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the ISC.

Schools Week reports Cambridge Assessment, which was critical of the algorithm used to calculate exam grades, had originally proposed the model adopted by Ofqual. By John Dickens.

Montessori schools launch new academic partnership


The Times reports the Montessori St Nicholas charity is partnering with Leeds Beckett University to open a new academic institute, as part of efforts to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. By Greg Hurst.

Grammar school applications up by a quarter in five years

Grammar schools

A Times investigation has found applications to grammar schools have risen by almost a quarter in five years, with some families applying for places more than 100 miles away. By Nicola Woolcock.

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