Coronavirus Australia: Sydney lockdown to be extended until July 16 – schools closed, masks to stay

Anyone who visited the following venues – where an infected person has ALREADY spread the virus to others – are considered close contacts and should get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of result: Roselands: Commonwealth Bank – Monday June 28, 8am – 5pm, Tuesday June 29, 8am – 5pm and Wednesday June 30, … Read more

Tory Equalities Minister says ‘white privilege’ should not be taught in schools

‘Do NOT use skin colour as a proxy for disadvantage’: Tory Equalities Minister says ‘white privilege’ should not be taught in schools after growing up in Nigeria showed her ‘the more ethnicity is emphasised, the weaker national identity becomes’ Kemi Badenoch says the term ‘white privilege’ is ‘unnecessarily antagonistic’ Minister says it should not be … Read more

Calls to BAN terms like ‘top set’ and ‘bottom set’ in schools because they ‘dent self-esteem’

Calls to BAN terms like ‘top set’ and ‘bottom set’ in schools because they ‘dent pupils’ self-esteem’  Teachers should use their names instead of numbers or obvious labels for ability  Calling a child ‘low ability’ means they will have low expectations of themselves  Schools use setting or streaming as a way of narrowing the range … Read more

Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman tells schools not to give pupils extended summer break

Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman tells schools not to give pupils extended summer break with up to 100 days holiday, warning they will be ill-prepared for exams Ms Spielman said she is keen for schools to explain how they use summer term  GCSEs and A-levels are cancelled this year in favour of teacher assessments  But schools … Read more

Schools ‘must stay neutral on Palestine’, warns Education Secretary Gavin Williamson 

Schools ‘must stay neutral on Palestine’ and clamp down on rising anti-Semitism, warns Education Secretary Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson has written to all headteachers of state secondary schools He condemned a ‘concerning increase in anti-Semitic incidents in some schools’ Mr Williamson insisted all schools must deal with bullying and abuse seriously Should prevent politically active … Read more

Three in five schools plan to rely on tests when deciding GCSE and A-level grades

Three in five schools plan to rely on tests when deciding GCSE and A-level grades – even though official exams are cancelled A survey by the school leaders’ union ASCL found seven per cent of schools will base assessments entirely on exam-style papers Fifty three per cent said they would give greater weight to exam-style … Read more

Teaching union urges schools to ‘decolonise the classroom’

The contribution of black people to British history and culture should be taught in all subjects at school, a teaching union’s conference has been told. The NASUWT’s annual conference heard that the national curriculum is ‘lacking’ and some teachers have taken it into their own hands to ‘decolonise their classrooms’. A motion passed at the … Read more

Fewer than 5% of COVID-19 infections are acquired in schools, Canadian simulation study finds 

A small percentage of coronavirus infections are acquired during the school day, a new study suggests. Researchers conducted several simulations and found fewer than five percent of COVID-19-related illnesses among students and teachers occurred at school and that most cases were contracted within the community. The team, from Public Health Ontario, in Canada, says its … Read more

Soma Sara says rape culture movement is not about ‘naming or shaming’ schools

The founder of a website flooded with pupils’ allegations of sexual harassment has said the scandal should not focus on ‘naming and shaming’ specific schools. Soma Sara instead railed against an endemic rape culture that permeates ‘every school, every university, at home and in society’.  Almost 10,000 people have anonymously posted experiences of misogyny and … Read more