Ministers reject call for weekly Covid-19 testing in English schools

Ministers have rejected a call from the children’s commissioner for England to bring in routine coronavirus testing in English schools. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, confirmed that teachers and pupils in England will not have access to routine testing when they reopen in September, and will instead be primarily reliant on hygiene and distancing measures to control any spread of […]

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Now teachers sound alarm over plans to reopen schools

Government plans to reopen all schools in September were called into question by leading scientists and the head of a major teaching union last night amid signs that cases of Covid-19 are increasing again at an alarming rate. Despite imposing new restrictions on people meeting indoors in parts of the north of England on Thursday – and postponing plans to […]

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More free school meals ‘would stop diet disaster’

Free school meals should be extended to another 1.5 million children in England, says a government-commissioned review into food and healthy eating. The National Food Strategy warns that the country’s eating habits are a “slow-motion disaster”. The review warns of the toxic connection between poor diet and child poverty. Report author Henry Dimbleby said a nutritious diet was the “foundation […]

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No statewide test this fall to assess what Colorado students missed

Colorado students won’t start the school year with a uniform diagnostic test to determine how their reading and math skills stack up after months at home with inconsistent access to virtual learning. In a letter to advocacy groups, Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes said she shared their concerns about making sure schools and students have the right support to make […]

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London job access causing social mobility gap

For Ailsa, the big “should I stay or should I go?” decision came at a Gateshead bus stop. “I thought ‘this is not for me,’” she said, thinking about a future of insecure jobs in a time and place where “industry was dead”. So she became the first in her family to go to university and then moved to London […]

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Denver Public Schools releases more information about virtual classes

Denver Public Schools officials say they are preparing three scenarios for the upcoming fall semester covering a virtual and two in-person possibilities as the country’s coronavirus pandemic rages on. Enrollment, also called annual family update, begins next week and parents and guardians will have until school begins Aug. 24 to decide whether they want their children to attend classes in-person […]

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Oxford Rhodes statue staying until next year

The controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes is going to stay in place outside an Oxford college until at least next year. Protestors had called for the removal of Oriel College’s statue of the Victorian imperialist. Governors of the college announced in June they also wanted to see the statue taken down. A commission set up by the college to examine […]

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Prosthetic helps Greeley student pilot fly pain-free

By Anne Delaney, The Greeley Tribune GREELEY, Colo. — When Rudy Aist was 15 years old, he realized he wanted to fly. Almost by accident, he learned about flying on a whim while trying to earn a merit badge in boy scouts. He said he’s tried other activities, majors and interests over the years, but nothing has stayed with him […]

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