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Huge gaps in classroom time for pupils across England, figures show | Education

Huge disparities in the amount of classroom time pupils have received across England since schools reopened in September have been revealed by stark new figures on school attendance. Attendance ranged from as little as 37% in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell to 92% in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, during one week alone, according to the first...

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Greenwich backs down over plans to close schools in face of legal action | London

The London borough of Greenwich has been forced to back down over plans to close its schools early and switch to online learning following legal action by the government, which later revealed plans for mass testing in secondary schools across England from January. School leaders and teaching unions expressed outrage at the late-night legal intervention...

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Education department to review English schools guidance on anti-capitalist groups | Education

Guidance warning schools against using resources from organisations that have expressed a desire to end capitalism will be reviewed by the Department for Education (DfE) following the threat of legal action. The guidance, published in September, was criticised by teachers, MPs and human rights groups over the risk it could impinge on freedom of belief,...

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UK coronavirus live: allowing mixing at Christmas ‘major error that will cost many lives’, say health experts | Politics

Good morning. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has been touring the broadcast studios this morning and he has been urging the government to rethink its decision to relax Covid restrictions over Christmas. This is what he told the Today programme: We heard from Matt Hancock [the health secretary] yesterday that it appears the government...

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Gender stereotyping is harming young people’s mental health, finds UK report | Mental health

“Harmful” gender stereotyping has helped fuel the UK mental health crisis afflicting the younger generation, an influential report has warned, adding that it is at the root of problems with body image and eating disorders, record male suicide rates as well as violence against women and girls. Stereotyped assumptions also “significantly limit” youngsters’ career choices,...

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Government launches legal action against Greenwich school closures | World news

The government has launched legal action against a London council over plans to close schools, using emergency coronavirus legislation for the first time to ensure schools are kept open for face-to-face learning until the end of term. The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, issued a “temporary continuity direction” to Greenwich council, demanding the immediate withdrawal of...