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Special school head teacher retires after 38 years

Saturday 24th July 2021

Jane Jones was the headteacher of the Shrubberies School for 17 yearsRead full story...

 

Championship return fixtures confirmed

Friday 23rd July 2021

Somerset's bid for a first County Championship title will resume against Nottinghamshire when the second phase of the competition gets under way...

 

The best secondary schools in Gloucestershire

Thursday 22nd July 2021

The Real Schools Guide 2020, compiled by Reach's data unit, aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tablesRead full story...

 

Gloucestershire school closure updates as Covid cases rise

Monday 19th July 2021

Cases have been confirmed in schools across the countyRead full story...

 

Somerset win to deny Glos T20 Blast quarter-final spot

Sunday 18th July 2021

Birmingham Bears, Hampshire Hawks and Sussex Sharks seal quarter-final spots with big wins in the T20 BlastRead full story...

 

Glos last eight hopes in balance - T20 Blast round up

Friday 16th July 2021

James Vince keeps Hampshire's T20 Blast qualification hopes alive while Somerset and Yorkshire seal their places in the last eight...

 

Latest on how schools are being affected by Covid

Thursday 15th July 2021

Which schools are keeping children off todayRead full story...

 

Benjamin Jesty: The unsung hero of vaccination

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Edward Jenner is credited with inventing the vaccine but his method was pioneered by a Dorset farmer...

 

County Championship: Hampshire close in on crucial win against Gloucestershire

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Nick Gubbins' first century for Hampshire and wickets from Mason Crane put them on course for a vital win against Gloucestershire...

 

Health chief's message to parents ahead of schools breaking up

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Fewer pupils are being expected to have to isolate when new guidance comes into effect next monthRead full story...

 

Six classes at Cheltenham school to isolate for a week

Sunday 11th July 2021

Classes 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are required to stay at homeRead full story...

 

Euro 2020: Marcus Rashford's old school praise him as 'role model'

Saturday 10th July 2021

The England star was a "shy" pupil who was "always smiling", teachers at his old primary school say...

 

Anti-vaxxers plan to target schools with Covid misinformation

Friday 9th July 2021

Coronavirus deniers on Facebook want to persuade schoolchildren not to get vaccinatedRead full story...

 

Anti-vaxxers plan to target schools with Covid misinformation

Thursday 8th July 2021

Coronavirus deniers on Facebook want to persuade schoolchildren not to get vaccinatedRead full story...

 

What are the rules about self-isolating, testing and masks in schools?

Tuesday 6th July 2021

The government wants to change the rules which mean entire classes must self-isolate after a positive case...

 

Primary school closes after confirmed Covid case

Monday 5th July 2021

Scores of pupils are now isolating across GloucestershireRead full story...

 

Primary school closes Year6 bubble and reception after confirmed Covid case

Monday 5th July 2021

Scores of pupils are now isolating across GloucestershireRead full story...

 

Dozens of pupils isolating after Covid cases at secondary school

Monday 5th July 2021

Delta variant infections are on the riseRead full story...

 

Self isolating kids have to do a PCR before they can go to school

Monday 5th July 2021

Previous guidance stated that PCR tests only had to be done if you were symptomaticRead full story...

 

Covid: Will free school meals continue over summer holidays?

Friday 2nd July 2021

A year on from Marcus Rashford's successful campaign, what is the current situation?Read full story...

 

'The kids are missing out again' - Dad's anger at sports day ban

Friday 2nd July 2021

“You can social distance on a school field"Read full story...

 

Covid: Gloucestershire schools outbreak 'scary'

Thursday 1st July 2021

County infection rates are above the UK average for the first time following an outbreak in schools...

 

T20 Blast: Devon Conway steers Somerset to win, Notts close in on quarter-finals

Thursday 1st July 2021

Devon Conway's unbeaten 81 steers Somerset to victory over Gloucestershire, while Notts win again against Leicestershire...

 

First pictures of plans for brand new school

Wednesday 30th June 2021

The school is set to be completely transformedRead full story...

 

What are the rules about self-isolating, testing and masks in schools?

Wednesday 30th June 2021

The government wants to change the rules which mean entire classes must self-isolate after a positive case...

 


National news archive

School’s out! Enjoy the freedom without breaking the bank

Sunday 25th July 2021

Making sure children have fun is a challenge. Here’s how… our guide to keeping them busy on a budgetThe school summer holidays are here and with them come days of adventure and freedom for children – and headaches for parents who need to keep their offspring busy on a budget...

 

‘Have I chosen the right career?’: Three new teachers reflect on their first year

Saturday 24th July 2021

From group bubbles to virtual classrooms, it was a strange year to be starting out in school...

 

A skilled workforce needs arts graduates | Letter

Friday 23rd July 2021

Jim Northover questions the logic in cutting funding for arts courses, when creative minds help drive the technology and engineering sectorsGavin Williamson stated that planned changes to education funding (Funding cuts to go ahead for university arts courses in England despite opposition, 20 July) will be “directed towards high-cost provision that supports key industries and the delivery of vital public services”...

 

Daily testing can keep pupils in school, study suggests

Friday 23rd July 2021

A study in 200 English secondary schools and colleges found very few infections in close contacts of cases...

 

West Midlands primary school wins appeal against academy status

Friday 23rd July 2021

Judge calls decision not to revoke academy order ‘irrational’, as inspections halted during pandemicA primary school in Sandwell, West Midlands, has become the first school to win a high court appeal against being forced to turn into an academy, arguing it could not demonstrate its improvement because Ofsted inspections were suspended because of Covid...

 

'Ghost school' with no students for a second year

Friday 23rd July 2021

English language schools warn they are on the "brink of collapse" after two summers without students...

 

Daily Covid tests for students found to be as effective as group isolation

Friday 23rd July 2021

Sending bubbles home after contact with Covid cases no better than testing to stop infection spreading, say scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have recommended daily tests for students who come into contact with Covid cases at secondary schools and colleges after finding that it prevents the spread of infection as much as sending whole bubbles home to isolate...

 

Daily contact testing in schools cuts absences, study finds

Thursday 22nd July 2021

A study in 200 English secondary schools and colleges found very few infections in close contacts of cases...

 

Seaside poor health overlooked, warns Whitty

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Bad housing and deprivation are a toxic mix for health, says England's chief medical officer...

 

Pay freeze for England’s teachers a ‘slap in the face’, say unions

Wednesday 21st July 2021

School leaders hit back saying once inflation was taken into account, the government’s freeze amounts to a pay cutTeachers in England are to get no pay rise this year, the government has confirmed, sparking fury from unions who described it as “an insult” and a “slap in the face” after all their efforts during the pandemic...

 

Schools minister rebuffs calls to decolonise English curriculum

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Nick Gibb says no reason why children from ethnic minorities should not study work of a ‘dead white man’The Schools minister, Nick Gibb, has pushed back against calls to decolonise the curriculum in England and has warned that what pupils learn in the classroom should not be tailored to any one particular group...

 

Funding cuts to go ahead for university arts courses in England despite opposition

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said money will be put towards Stem and medicine coursesMinisters have been accused of “one of the biggest attacks on arts and entertainment in English universities in living memory” after proposals to cut funding for arts and creative subjects in higher education were confirmed by the universities regulator despite widespread opposition...

 

More than 1m school pupils in England absent last week due to Covid

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Official figures reveal 14.3% of children were not in class because of coronavirus-related issuesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 1 million children in England were out of school last week for Covid-19-related reasons with absence rates at a record level, government figures have revealed...

 

‘I wanted more memories’: young people reflect on a year lost to Covid

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Delays at critical life stages: from starting college and internships; to searching for work or starting a family have caused chaos for young people...

 

Almost a quarter of England's pupils out of school

Tuesday 20th July 2021

The "pingdemic" continues to affect schools and families with nearly 25% absent as the term ends...

 

‘Mum suggested a handheld vacuum’: must-have items students pack for university

Monday 19th July 2021

If you’re preparing to go to university, the things you take with you could help you adapt to your next big adventurePacking for your very first term at university can feel like a daunting prospect...

 

Covid: Hundreds of thousands of under-18s to get vaccine

Monday 19th July 2021

The vaccines minister says children at high risk from Covid will be offered the jab...

 

Jack Windsor Lewis obituary

Monday 19th July 2021

My former colleague Jack Windsor Lewis, who has died aged 94, was an expert in English pronunciation who wrote books on the subject and lectured for many years at the University of Leeds...

 

‘I have a future’: how Biden’s free community college plan could transform education

Monday 19th July 2021

Advocates argue the proposal would open doors to students who have historically been excluded from higher education and boost the economyAbdi Yusuf’s first day of middle school was tough...

 

Covid: Home-education numbers rise by 75%

Sunday 18th July 2021

"Covid anxiety" is among the explanations for the increasing popularity of out-of-school teaching...

 

Schools in England shut early for summer as record numbers are forced to isolate

Sunday 18th July 2021

Heads say ‘terrible’ lack of guidance and anger among parents over holiday chaos have led to ‘grim situation’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools across England are closing early for the summer break or moving to online teaching as tens of thousands of pupils are forced to isolate at home amid soaring levels of Covid infection...

 

‘It was devastating’: what happens when therapy makes things worse?

Saturday 17th July 2021

Therapists are meant to help people change their lives, but those who behave badly may end up doing more harm than goodCourtney thought it was strange when her therapist asked her to follow him on Instagram...

 

What did Covid teach me? It’s time for my kids to look after each other | Sindhu Vee

Saturday 17th July 2021

It was all going according to plan until my youngest interrupted Succession to ask, ‘Mama, what is a genocide?It was during one of the lockdowns of 2020 – I forget which sub-type – that I decided to go Extremely Indian Mother on my (mixed-race) kids by announcing that the two teens, Kid One and Kid Two, were to be responsible for the online schooling of their youngest sibling, Kid Three (year four, they can handle it)...

 

‘Gender is a performance’: Scotland’s first ‘drag school’ sells out

Friday 16th July 2021

Dumfries course teaches 11- to 18-year-olds how to create a persona, apply makeup and the history of drag“You can use drag to explore anything you want to,” says Natalie Doidge, the organiser of what is thought to be Scotland’s first “drag school” for teenagers, which opens its doors later this month after facing down controversy...

 

‘Creativity crisis’ looms for English schools due to arts cuts, says Labour

Thursday 15th July 2021

Number of GCSE music and drama students fell by a fifth over last decade, research findsSchools in England face a “creativity crisis” with the number of creative arts students and teachers down by as much as a fifth in some subjects after a decade of underinvestment, Labour has warned...

 

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