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Morrisons makes thousands of £15 food boxes for children

Wednesday 20th January 2021

The Morrisons School Meal Box provides enough food for one child to have five breakfasts and five lunchesRead full story...

 

Covid-19: Furloughed worker praises mental health support

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Warren Bridgen was diagnosed with depression after the pandemic forced the shop he works in to shut...

 

School to fully close for week after staff member contracts Covid

Monday 18th January 2021

Greatfield Park Primary School is now shut to all pupilsRead full story...

 

Teachers need to be vaccinated next says Gloucester MP Richard Graham

Thursday 14th January 2021

"If we want to give teachers, parents. pupils families real certainty on schools, I think there's only one way to do it, to vaccinate all the teachers...

 

Catering firm's response to 'laughable' free school meal parcel

Thursday 14th January 2021

Two apples and a satsuma were the only fresh fruit in the 10-day provisionRead full story...

 

Council responds to free school meals concern

Thursday 14th January 2021

It comes after complaints of "measly" portions found by parentsRead full story...

 

Free school meals: Rashford raises concerns over food parcels after outcry

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Marcus Rashford says "we must do better" after raising concerns about free school meals packages...

 

Free school meals: Rashford raises concerns after parcels outcry

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Marcus Rashford says "we must do better" after raising concerns about free school meals packages...

 

Rashford: Free school meals firm apologises over small parcel

Tuesday 12th January 2021

Marcus Rashford says "we must do better" after raising concerns about free school meals packages...

 

JK Rowling's old school launches appeal to buy laptops for pupils

Saturday 9th January 2021

Principal Gwennan Jeremiah says they do not have enough to go around because record numbers of pupils are now claiming free school mealsRead full story...

 

21 movie pub quiz questions to test your film knowledge

Saturday 9th January 2021

Challenge yourself with the biggest directors, films and award winning moments on the big screenRead full story...

 

Ofsted's report on how Gloucestershire school copes with covid

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Inspectors had to make a remote visit as part of a national study into the impact on the education systemRead full story...

 

Exam cancellations: 'Has all my work gone down the drain?'

Wednesday 6th January 2021

"Relieved, anxious, stressed" - students speak out on learning that A-levels and GCSE are cancelled...

 

Covid: Government announces seven mass vaccination hubs across England

Wednesday 6th January 2021

The sites, including football stadiums and racecourses, will begin operations next week...

 

Covid: Seven mass vaccination hubs announced for England

Wednesday 6th January 2021

The sites, including football stadiums and racecourses, will begin operations next week...

 

Schools scramble to tell parents about lockdown closures

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Head teachers say they are unable to accommodate key workers’ children or vulnerable pupils today after the Prime Minister imposed new lockdown in EnglandRead full story...

 

List of schools to stay partially closed amid lockdown calls

Monday 4th January 2021

In the South West, the daily infection rate is 2,337 with a total of 121,989 cases across the regionRead full story...

 

Last six months worst in life, Radstock head teacher says

Monday 4th January 2021

The mental health of teaching staff across the nation is "as poor as ever", a head teacher says...

 

Lockdown: How things stand with schools across Gloucestershire

Monday 4th January 2021

With the backing of unions and many parents, several schools have remained closed todayRead full story...

 

Two Gloucestershire schools announce closures due to staff shortages

Sunday 3rd January 2021

It comes as schools are due to reopen across the countryRead full story...

 

New Year's Eve quiz and questions to see out 2020

Thursday 31st December 2020

Take time out and test yourselves on the following teasers from the world of TV, music, Gloucestershire, sport, filmRead full story...

 

Cheltenham abandons New Year's Day racing due to waterlogged course

Wednesday 30th December 2020

The New Year's Day card at Cheltenham is abandoned due to wet conditions on the course...

 

Cheltenham abandons New Year's Day racing because of waterlogged course

Wednesday 30th December 2020

The New Year's Day card at Cheltenham is abandoned because of wet conditions on the course...

 

Gloucestershire flooding: Residents take refuge at school

Thursday 24th December 2020

Major roads, including parts of the M5, remain impacted by flooding on Thursday after heavy rain...

 

Elderly people will get these special Christmas cards

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Abbeymead Primary School and Haresfield Primary School pupils hope to bring festive cheerRead full story...

 


National news archive

Overhaul of skills and vocational education to focus on employability

Thursday 21st January 2021

‘Skills for jobs’ white paper to spur growth of higher-level vocational and technical courses in EnglandThe government is to publish its long-promised overhaul of skills and vocational education in England, which will give employers a direct role in designing new qualifications but without any commitments over long-term funding for the further education sector...

 

Home schooling is widening attainment gap between rich and poor, finds report

Thursday 21st January 2021

In better off families in England 40% of children study five hours a day, against 26% in poorer homesOnline learning has increased, with almost a quarter of primary pupils in England now doing more than five hours a day, but children in lower income households are still lagging behind with insufficient laptops, according to a report...

 

Covid: England's schools to get two weeks' notice for reopening

Thursday 21st January 2021

The education secretary says he is "not able to exactly say" when pupils in England will return...

 

Gavin Williamson says he hopes schools in England reopen before Easter

Thursday 21st January 2021

Education secretary promises teachers and pupils will be given two weeks’ notice to prepare Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe education secretary has said he “certainly hopes” schools will reopen before Easter, and said parents, teachers and pupils would be given two weeks’ notice before reopening...

 

Studying under lockdown: how to look after your mental wellbeing

Wednesday 20th January 2021

University counsellors offer their advice for navigating a winter of remote learningWith the pandemic disrupting our learning, jobs, money and health, it’s no surprise many of us are feeling blue this January...

 

Daily Covid testing plans 'paused' in English schools

Wednesday 20th January 2021

PHE says potential benefits of daily testing unclear in light of emergence of new variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has told schools to pause the daily coronavirus testing of students and staff in England, five weeks after it was announced as a “milestone moment” by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson...

 

Rollout of daily testing of close contacts paused in English schools

Wednesday 20th January 2021

More work is needed to understand its benefits in schools in England given the new variant, health officials say...

 

Covid in Scotland: Phased return 'likely' for Scottish schools

Wednesday 20th January 2021

The youngest and oldest pupils, plus those with additional support needs will be among the first to return to classrooms...

 

Rashford demands a 'meal a day' for all school pupils in need

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Footballer says his campaign to end child food poverty in England still has a ‘million miles to go’The footballer Marcus Rashford has called on ministers to offer a guaranteed “meal a day” to all school pupils in England in financially struggling families as he warned that his campaign to end child food poverty still had a “million miles to go”...

 

Music A-level: exam board says it was wrong to drop only black composer

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Edexcel initially defended decision to cut British jazz artist Courtney Pine from its A-level music courseAn exam board has admitted it was wrong to drop the work of the British jazz artist Courtney Pine from its A-level music course, thereby leaving no black composers on the course’s syllabus...

 

Universities doing all they can for students | Letter

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Dr Tim Bradshaw says Russell Group universities are working hard to provide a high-quality learning experienceIt is wrong to suggest that universities have not put the interests of students at the heart of their response to the pandemic (The government has failed thousands of students in England...

 

Music A-level exam board to reinstate its only black composer

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Edexcel admits it was wrong to cut British jazz artist Courtney Pine from courseThe work of the British jazz artist Courtney Pine is to be swiftly reinstated to A-level music, after an examination board admitted it had been wrong to drop his album from its course and leave its syllabus without any black composers...

 

Parents' stress and depression 'rise during lockdowns'

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Many parents struggle to meet their children's needs during the pandemic, say researchers...

 

UK Covid live: school reopening in England could be staggered by region, says medical chief

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Latest updates: Jenny Harries says schools likely to reopen sooner in areas with dropping infection ratesEnglish schools may reopen regionally, medical chief suggestsCovid-related care home deaths in England jump by 46%Two-thirds of residents at Lincolnshire care home die in Covid outbreakCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1...

 

English schools may reopen regionally, medical chief suggests

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Jenny Harries says it is likely that there will be ‘regional separation’ after Covid lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, has suggested that a regional approach may be taken when deciding how schools in England reopen...

 

Schools may reopen region by region, says medical adviser

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Top medical adviser suggests schools in England may reopen region by region after lockdown...

 

School attendance in England higher than first lockdown

Tuesday 19th January 2021

The increase in pupil numbers is driven in part by children without laptops being allowed to go in...

 

UK coronavirus live: 1,610 Covid-related deaths reported in new daily high

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Latest updates: today’s reported figure is the highest since pandemic began; school reopening likely to be staggered by region English schools may reopen regionally, medical chief suggestsCovid-related care home deaths in England jump by 46%Two-thirds of residents at Lincolnshire care home die in Covid outbreakCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4...

 

Never too late: 'I was one of the oldest ones there, and I also had no hair. But it was wonderful'

Tuesday 19th January 2021

After 30-year career in the public service, Allison Barnes enrolled in art school, where she found ‘a different place in the world’Name: Allison BarnesAge: 62 Continue reading...

 

Schools could reopen sooner in some parts of England, medical chief says

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Concerns raised about fairness of assessment if areas such as London go back quickerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere could be a phased reopening of schools in England based on regional infection rates after a lifting of the national lockdown, MPs have been told...

 

Ministers set to halt plans for daily Covid tests in English schools

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Exclusive: DfE to pause £78m programme weeks after it was unveiled as ‘milestone moment’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are set to halt plans for daily coronavirus tests in England’s secondary schools after teachers expressed alarm that the flagship policy had not been approved by regulators...

 

Tony Blair son plans big expansion for training firm valued at $200m

Tuesday 19th January 2021

Venture capitalists provide $44m for Euan Blair start-up that helps people find apprenticeshipsAn education business started by Euan Blair has secured new funding from venture capitalists thought to value the business as high as $200m (£147m) and crystallising a fortune for the son of the former prime minister Tony Blair...

 

UK coronavirus: 1,610 Covid-related deaths reported in new daily high - as it happened

Tuesday 19th January 2021

This live blog is now closed. For coronavirus updates from around the world, head to our global live blog English schools may reopen regionally, medical chief suggestsCovid-related care home deaths in England jump by 46%Two-thirds of residents at Lincolnshire care home die in Covid outbreakCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 6...

 

Free fast broadband offered in UK to support home schooling

Monday 18th January 2021

Families in 37 local authority areas with poor or no connection can get service until end of summer termThousands of families struggling with home learning are being offered free high-speed broadband following a partnership between internet provider Hyperoptic and dozens of local authorities across the UK...

 

'Digital poverty' could lead to lost generation of university students, vice-chancellors say

Monday 18th January 2021

Higher education bodies tell Gavin Williamson little has been done to help disadvantaged students access remote learningTens of thousands of university students in England need urgent help to stop “digital poverty” from hindering their studies during lockdown, according to a group of vice-chancellors and higher education bodies...

 

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