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Coronavirus: Scientists question school closures impact

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Countries like the UK that have closed schools to help stop the spread of coronavirus should ask hard questions about whether this is now the right policy, says one team of scientists. The University College London team says keeping pupils off has little impact, even with other lockdown measures. But a scientist whose work has informed the UK strategy insists school closures play an important
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Free school meal vouchers to continue over Easter holidays

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ministers are responding to fears that children on free school meals could go hungry Teachers' unions have welcomed a government decision that means families eligible for free school meals (FSM) will continue to receive financial help to buy food over the Easter holidays.Last week ministers said qualifying families could claim shopping vouchers of £15 a week per child in term time.Now the scheme will
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Teachers to grade students for cancelled exams

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Teachers in England will be asked to assess the grades they think pupils would have achieved in cancelled GCSE and A-level exams.This will be used by exam boards to decide results - along with a ranking by ability of pupils in each subject in a school, also judged by teachers.This approach from the qualifications watchdog Ofqual will replace exams disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.Results days will
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Coronavirus: Worst-hit communities to receive charity boost

[ad_1] Image copyright Pool Image caption Donations at Horncastle Food Bank A charity fund to help communities hit hard by coronavirus has started distributing millions of pounds in donations.The National Emergencies Trust, set up after the Grenfell fire, has already raised £20m for its coronavirus appeal and is aiming to raise far more. Its chairman Lord Dannatt hopes the fund will bring the UK together.And Sue Fortune of Lincolnshire Community
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Coronavirus: Big Issue sellers struggle for cash in lockdown

[ad_1] Image caption Big Issue sellers have lost their income with the end of street sales Big Issue sellers, forced off the streets by the coronavirus lockdown, are relying on emergency bailouts being provided by the magazine.Lord Bird, founder of the magazine, which helps the homeless earn a living, says many have been left in a "parlous state" without an income.He says sellers and the magazine are unable to get
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Coronavirus: Special needs parents in ‘survival mode’

[ad_1] A father has described the "huge impact" of losing respite care for his young daughter who has complex special needs.Tim Clarke and his wife Ana look after their six-year-old daughter Molly at home in Worcester. The family normally receives a few hours of outside care and educational help a week, but that ended with the coronavirus pandemic.Molly has been diagnosed with autism and also has medical issues including a
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Coronavirus: Free school meals children to get food vouchers

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ministers are responding to fears that children on free school meals could go hungry Families with children eligible for free school meals in England will be able to claim weekly shopping vouchers while schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, say ministers.The scheme will allow schools to issue vouchers worth £15 a week per child.Headteachers have warned that even with the vouchers, some
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Lack of childcare ‘forcing key workers to stay home’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Key workers say they are being forced to take time off work because they do not have access to childcare. Schools, nurseries and childminders were told to close their doors last week to all except vulnerable children and the children of key workers, such as NHS staff and delivery drivers.But many nurseries say staying open for such small numbers of children has not been financially
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Heads virus death and lockdown hit schools like ‘bombshell’

[ad_1] Image copyright Rex Features Image caption Friday was the last day of school for the vast majority of UK pupils The death of a head teacher after testing positive for Covid-19 and the national lockdown message have prompted head teachers to seek clearer guidance.The death Cumbria primary school head Wendy Jacobs this week hit head teachers like a "bombshell", says the National Association of Head Teachers.It is seeking clear
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Unis must stop unconditional offers in virus confusion

[ad_1] Image copyright Alamy Universities in England have been told to stop making unconditional offers for the next two weeks, in a bid to tackle the confusion over applications during the coronavirus outbreak.The higher education watchdog, the Office for Students, has warned against unfair pressure being put on students.There are concerns universities are dropping exam requirements in a bid to push students to commit to courses.Universities minister Michelle Donelan has