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 breakdown of missed school days...

Who is the new voice of Missy on Big Mouth?

Who is the new voice of Missy on Big Mouth?

Big Mouth returned for its fourth season on Friday (4 December), with a host of new actors lending their voices to the show for the first time. First airing in 2017, Netflix’s animated comedy series follows a group of teenagers as they struggle with puberty. The show is centred around Nick (Nick Kroll) and Andrew (John Mulaney), with Jessi Klein,...

Pete Buttigieg to be Joe Biden’s Secretary of Transportation

Pete Buttigieg to be Joe Biden’s Secretary of Transportation

President-elect Joe Biden will tap former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to serve as his Transportation secretary, according to new reports. The former mayor of Indiana and 38-year-old Democrat, who ran for president against Mr Biden in the 2020 primaries, gained national prominence along the campaign trail and was considered a top pick for the position in the incoming administration....

Cori Bush calls on Biden to grant all death row prisoners clemency amid Trump’s end-of-term ‘killing spree’

Cori Bush calls on Biden to grant all death row prisoners clemency amid Trump’s end-of-term ‘killing spree’

Her comments come as the outgoing Trump administration presses ahead with a spate of federal executions despite a surge of coronavirus cases in prisons. Writing in a piece published by Time magazine on Monday, Ms Bush, representative-elect for Missouri’s 1st congressional district, called on Mr Biden to consider permanently ending the federal government’s “legal torture” of inmates when he assumes...

Wolves vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

Wolves vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

Wolves host Chelsea in the early Premier League kick-off today with Nuno Espirito Santo and Frank Lampard eager to inspire their teams to respond after defeats last time out to Aston Villa and Everton respectively. There was then good fortune on Sunday though as both Tottenham, in their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool, who were held 1-1 by...

McConnell acknowledges Biden and Harris won election in major break with Trump

McConnell acknowledges Biden and Harris won election in major break with Trump

“As of this morning, our country has officially a president-elect and a vice president-elect,” Mr McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Many millions of us had hoped the presidential election would yield a different result, but our system of government has processes that will determine who is sworn in on January the 20th.” “The Electoral College has spoken. So today...

Christmas TV guide: What to watch, from Doctor Who to The Great Christmas Bake Off

Christmas TV guide: What to watch, from Doctor Who to The Great Christmas Bake Off

After a year that has seen life adjust to social distancing, mask-wearing and national lockdowns, it’s nice to know that some things never change. Christmas is the time to be merry – and for many, this means sitting back, putting your feet up and watching some warm-hearted festive TV. The BBC’s line-up for 2020 sees many of the broadcaster’s best...

Wolves vs Chelsea live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight

Wolves vs Chelsea live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight

It was a second loss on the bounce for Nuno Espirito Santo’s players, who were demolished 4-0 by champions Liverpool before their fixture versus Villa. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the top-flight clash: Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct...

Wonder Woman 1984 review: DC’s latest is a piece of hopeful, uncynical filmmaking

Wonder Woman 1984 review: DC’s latest is a piece of hopeful, uncynical filmmaking

Dir: Patty Jenkins. Featuring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen. 12A, 151 mins We’ve seen superheroes break the fourth wall before. Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds’s anarchic mutant, loved to look down the lens and deliver something off-colour. It was all meant to be one, big in-joke – an acknowledgement of the implicit absurdity of the...

Gavin Williamson wants to force schools to stay open, but we headteachers should decide | Schools

At the end of a difficult year for schools, a tawdry row has erupted. In response to Greenwich council asking its schools to close this week – ahead of the end of term on Friday and after a 59% rise in local infections within seven days – the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has ordered the London borough to reverse its...