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70% of UK Uni students believe that COVID-19 will affect their career prospects

by fenews, May 29, 2020

Dig-In, the UK’s leading student engagement and insight company, today revealed that 76% of university students in the UK think that their degree results will be negatively affected if lectures are moved online during the 2020-2021 academic year. 70% of UK university students are opposed to the idea of moving lectures online, with 43% saying they ‘hate’ the idea. Only 13% viewed the prospect of doing lectures online next year positively.

Dig-In’s app provides real time data analysis and market insights, and was used to canvas the views of over 2,000 students from more than 80 universities across the UK, with a large majority expressing concern at the prospect of universities moving courses online. The research has coincided with news that Cambridge University will be shifting all lectures online next year, and Manchester will be only offering online lectures until the end of the autumn semester.

Sheffield City Council advises against schools reopening on Monday

by Express and Star, May 29, 2020

Sheffield City Council is advising schools not to open to more pupils from Monday, citing fears that the NHS Test and Trace system will not be “robust enough” to be in place by next week.

The decision comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the Government’s five key tests required for the easing of the lockdown have been met – and schools can admit more pupils from next week.

Primary schools across England will reopen to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1.

But the local authority in South Yorkshire said it does “not yet feel assured that it is the right time” to admit more children and it is advising schools and nurseries “to delay increasing numbers” until June 15.

Schools reopening UK: Why school days may be LONGER post-lockdown

by Express.co.uk, May 29, 2020

A new study published by London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) suggests school days could become half an hour longer in order to stop the so-called “COVID generation” falling behind after lockdown.

The report holds that unless drastic measures are introduced, it will take “several years” for children to catch up when schools reopen.

Researchers warn that without a series of interventions, youngsters will slip into a “dark age” of declining social mobility due to inequalities that have been exacerbated during lockdown.

School closures for many pupils are likely to last for 10-14 weeks, equivalent to a third of the school year, the report says.

Stoke-on-Trent school's video of post-lockdown classroom

by BBC News, May 29, 2020

A primary school in Stoke-on-Trent has released a video for parents and pupils showing them the social distancing and safety measures that have been put in place for reopening.

While most schools have remained open for key workers' children, 1 June marks the first time other children in a handful of year groups will be able to return.

Sandon Primary Academy's vice-principal, Gemma Willdigg, who fronts the seven-minute film, said it would help parents make an informed decision about whether to send their children back to school.

Measures include sanitising books, limiting pupil numbers and markers to help maintain two-metre distancing.

Newham demands help to test pupils and teachers before backing school reopenings

by Newham Recorder, May 29, 2020

Newham made the call as part of a statement outlining its position on the proposed reopening of primaries to more pupils from June 1.

The government announced on May 24 that primary schools will welcome back Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 with nurseries and early years providers to do the same for children of all ages.

Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges are expected to provide face-to-face contact for Year 10, Year 12 and 16-19 further education students from June 15.

Newham’s statement says: “While we all want to have more pupils returning to our schools, we only want this to happen as soon as it is safe to do so.”

It adds that deprivation and health inequalities have had a “disproportionate” impact on people in Newham, making them “more vulnerable” should a second wave of Covid-19 strike.

What school years are going back on 1 June? Schools in England are reopening with certain year groups first - here's how it works

by iNews, May 29, 2020

A big stage in the UK gradually easing out of lockdown will occur next week, when the first pupils begin to return to school after more than two months.

Monday 1 June is the date marked by the Government, but things aren't quite that simple. Wales and Scotland have already ruled out reopening schools on this date, and are likely to wait until the new school year in September. Northern Ireland is expected to follow suit.

English schools that reopen on Monday will only allow certain pupils back, depending on year group.

What will happen to teachers who don't turn up to work in England on Monday

by Wales Online, May 29, 2020

Downing Street suggested that teachers and other staff who refuse to turn up in schools over safety concerns will be a matter for heads to sort out.

Primary schools across England will be allowed to reopen for some children from Monday, June 1.

They will be taking in reception, Year One and Year Six pupils as well as the children of key workers.

But a number of local authorities have already said they won't be reopening schools amid safety concerns.

And teaching unions have also expressed their concerns.

Parents have said in multiple surveys that they may not feel comfortable allowing children back to school on Monday.

The Government has said those that keep children away won't face fines.

Transfer test: Five Catholic grammar schools scrap academic selection

by BBC News, May 29, 2020

Five Catholic grammar schools have said they will not use transfer tests to select pupils for 2021.

The schools in County Down said they had made the move "in light of the current circumstances".

None of the five schools will use the transfer test run by the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) set by GL Assessment this year as a result.

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland had previously urged Catholic grammars not to use the test in 2020.

Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Our Lady's Grammar School, Sacred Heart Grammar School, and St Colman's College which are all in Newry, and St Louis Grammar School, in Kilkeel, announced the move in a letter to parents.

When will schools reopen in the UK, and is it safe to send my child back?

by Telegraph, May 28, 2020

Primary schools will reopen 'at the earliest' on June 1, as part of Boris Johnson’s 'conditional plan' for reopening the UK. The reopening will begin with the youngest pupils in Reception and Year 1, plus Year 6.
But schools across the country have said they cannot ensure safety and will not be opening.
Secondary pupils taking exams next year may 'get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays'.

Russell Group sets out proposals to improve UK position in the international student market

by The Boar, May 28, 2020

The leading 24 universities have called for continuing reform of the student visa system, a joint international marketing campaign and global recognition of online courses.

The proposals, published on 20 May, are aimed at the protection of Britain’s “hard-won” reputation as a global leader in higher education.

It has proposed a three-part plan, which it hopes to deliver alongside the UK government.

The group has advised that the two-year UK post-study work visa is fast-tracked into law and extended by six months. It has suggested fee waivers for those forced to extend visas as a result of COVID-19 disruption.

Primary schools could introduce rotas as more children return to lessons

by Cambridge News, May 28, 2020

The government says primary schools could bring in rotas for pupils to ensure social distancing takes place.

Schools Standards minister Nick Gibb said the measure was an option and he was confident that most councils will plan to reopen schools more widely from next week.

But, speaking to MPs, he admitted it was "difficult to say" if the government's ambition to bring back all primary school children before the summer holidays will come to fruition.

Mr Gibb said the final decision would be led by the science.

Addressing the virtual Education Select Committee, Mr Gibb said rotas could be introduced if primary schools are also reopened to years two to five.

Teachers looking for clarity over school reopening, survey shows

by The Gazette, May 28, 2020

Teachers have said clarity over how the next academic year will work is the most important factor when reopening schools, according to a survey.

The case for school exams

by Spiked, May 28, 2020

Many teachers, not to mention assorted pundits, argue that UK schools ‘cannot go back to how they once were’.

The lockdown, and the resulting suspension of the curriculum, has supposedly provided an opportunity for ‘a drastic overhaul’ of education in England and Wales (as if there haven’t been enough changes already over the past 20 years). For some, the decision by England’s exam regulator Ofqual to cancel public exams this year, and replace them with teachers’ predictions, shows that an education system could be based on ‘emotional and social development, not constant invigilation’.

When will schools reopen? Return date for pupils in England as lockdown measures eased by Boris Johnson

by Yorkshire Evening Post, May 28, 2020

Boris Johnson has said that parents and teachers shoudl prepare for the reopening of schools from June 1.

This would be a phased return to normality for schools, however, with secondary school pupils potentially working from home until September.

Mr Johnson said that such a reopening was a vital part of the governement’s response as "the education of our children is crucial for their welfare, their health, their long-term future and for social justice".

SCHOOL'S OUT Most primary school pupils ‘won’t return before September’ warns minister

by The Sun, May 28, 2020

THE majority of primary school pupils are not likely to return to class until September as Britain finds its path out of coronavirus lockdown, a minister has warned.

Nick Gibb, minister for schools, admitted that it was "difficult to say" whether all children between 4 and 11 would head back to school before the summer holidays.

Social distancing concerns over planned 11-plus tests

by The Irish News , May 28, 2020

Classified as 11 Plus.

GRAMMAR schools must enforce strict social distancing of pupils if they insist on running entrance exams this winter, it has been urged.

The organisations that operate the unregulated system of academic selection are coming under increased pressure to call off their assessments.

Children will sit papers over four consecutive Saturdays in November and December - two weeks later than originally planned.

Several groups and individuals have said the exams should not proceed.

How high schools are planning to accommodate the return of students

by Northwich Guardian , May 27, 2020

HIGH schools in Northwich have been setting out their plans for allowing some pupils to return to school.

Schools have issued letters home to parents detailing how they will be welcoming some year groups back on site and what measures will be in place to safeguard both them and staff from coronavirus.

This comes after the Government announced that by June 1 at the earliest, primary schools in England may be able to welcome back children in nursery, reception and years 1 and 6.

Coronavirus: 'Deep concern' over transfer tests after lockdown

by BBC News, May 27, 2020

Northern Ireland's children's commissioner has written to selective schools urging them to avoid using academic selection to admit pupils.

Koulla Yiasouma said she was "deeply concerned" transfer tests would be used to select pupils for 2021.

The tests are being delayed by up to two weeks but will be held in November and December.

Run by AQE and PPTC, they are used by the vast majority of grammar schools in Northern Ireland.

The head of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin, had previously asked schools to suspend academic selection in 2020.

In an open letter to governors and principals of selective post-primary schools, Ms Yiasouma made the same appeal.

Entire schools could be shut again in UK after single coronavirus test

by Evening Standard, May 27, 2020

Entire schools could be closed if a child or teacher tests positive for coronavirus, schools minister Nick Gibb said today.

Speaking before MPs at the education committee, Mr Gibb said if somebody tests positive for the virus “it may well be that we ask the group of 15 to return home to self-isolate or if there has been a lot of mixing the whole school will need to be closed”.

Coronavirus: A-level and GCSE course changes considered

by BBC News, May 27, 2020

Some coursework could be removed and courses streamlined for pupils due to sit A-level and GCSE exams next year, regulator Qualifications Wales said.

Exams in schools have been cancelled this summer due to coronavirus, though there are concerns over "forgotten" Year 10 and 12 students.

One teenager has petitioned the Senedd Cymru - Welsh Parliament claiming arrangements for Year 12s are unfair.

Qualifications Wales said students have faced "unprecedented challenges".

Students due to complete A-level, AS and GCSE qualifications this summer will receive a grade based on teacher assessment and work already completed.

However the impact on those students half way through those courses remains unclear.