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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...

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‘We need greater flexibility’: teachers and parents on potential Covid school closures | Schools

Secondary schools and colleges in Wales switched to online learning today for the remainder of the term, in an attempt to reduce coronavirus transmissions ahead of the festive season. But Scotland, Northern Ireland and England are set to keep schools open until the Christmas break. With the decision over schools fast becoming a new flashpoint,...

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What do we know about the spread of Covid-19 among children in the UK? | World news

The coronavirus pandemic has left schools contending with low attendance, staff shortages and rising infection rates in secondary school pupils, but the government is using emergency powers to threaten legal action against headteachers in England who want to allow their students to learn remotely in the run-up to the holidays. Here’s what we know about...

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Imperial College London leaders admit they bullied colleagues | Education

Two of Imperial College’s most senior executives have admitted they bullied colleagues, as the university bowed to pressure and published details of a report into the scandal. Ahead of planned protests and moves to bring pressure to bear on corporate partners of the university, its president, Alice Gast, and chief financial officer, Muir Sanderson, both...

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Parents and teachers: should schools follow the example of Wales and close ahead of Christmas? | Education

As the Christmas holidays approach, many schools are grappling with low attendance rates and staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, the government has used emergency powers to threaten legal action against headteachers in England who want to allow their pupils to learn remotely in the final weeks of term. The...

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‘It’s been tumultuous’: Covid-19 stress takes toll on teachers in England | Education

Teachers in England have described a nightmarish term in schools in which Covid has triggered soaring anxiety levels, exhaustion and fear, driving many to consider quitting and even self-harm. As schools limp towards Christmas with flagging attendances and rising cases in some areas, teachers said they lived in constant fear of catching the virus in...

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‘Hellish’: parents in England on school life in the shadow of Covid | Education

As the school term draws to a close, parents have described the last few months as “hellish” and “extremely stressful”. Candy Richards, 39, a PR associate from West Norfolk, is now looking after her 14-year-old son, Quinn, who is off school, having contracted coronavirus. Candy Richards and Quinn. Prior to this, his whole school year...