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Coronavirus: When will schools reopen?

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Which children are going back to school, and what about the rest?Read full story...

 

Cash for vital work at 10 Gloucestershire schools announced

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Condemned classrooms will be replaced and fire safety upgraded in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud and the CotswoldsRead full story...

 

Catchment area for new £30m Cheltenham secondary school revealed

Sunday 28th June 2020

The High School Leckhampton is set to open September 2021 and is being sponsored by Balcarras School and commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council...

 

Gloucester man who stole nurse's bike from hospital jailed

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Michael O'Neill has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after admitting taking the nurse's bicycle...

 

Summer Solstice 2020 on Selsey Common -pictures

Sunday 21st June 2020

Photographer Simon Pizzey took photographs on Selsey Common of the Stroud School of Larks Circus workshop on Selsey Common, Stroud, on the longest day of the year...

 

Jeff Brazier joins cancer support group founded by Gloucester dad

Sunday 21st June 2020

Tim Sadler, a primary school teacher from Gloucester, explained how his group Mind The Chaps began and how it has changed livesRead full story...

 

Inside Cleeve School - their social distancing measures

Friday 19th June 2020

Inside Cleeve School - their social distancing measuresRead full story...

 

What a county secondary school looks like now pupils have returned

Friday 19th June 2020

Foot operated water fountains, spaced out classrooms and marked playgrounds are several of the changes to infrastructure Cleeve School have made for social distancingRead full story...

 

School bus services 'under threat' say struggling coach companies

Thursday 18th June 2020

Prices will have to be hiked significantly to pay for more drivers and coaches - as only a fifth of overall capacity can currently be used on school busesRead full story...

 

All the county schools that have been closed after heavy rain

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Several schools have suffered damage and been forced to closeRead full story...

 

Black Lives Matter: West Midlands protests 'passionate but peaceful'

Saturday 13th June 2020

Demonstrations are held at Worcester Racecourse and other West Midlands locations...

 

School pupils make heartwarming music video for hardworking teachers

Friday 12th June 2020

They created a music video complete with sign language with song covers of 'You've Got A Friend in Me' and 'Thank You For Being A Friend' for the teachers at Kingsholm Primary SchoolRead full story...

 

County's biggest school begins search for new headteacher

Thursday 11th June 2020

Bournside School in Cheltenham is urging teachers to apply for the job after the resignation of Gareth BurtonRead full story...

 

School will not open next week as it 'goes against their ethos'

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Current rules mean the school would be able to welcome back just 19 pupilsRead full story...

 

Cheltenham schoolboy got standing ovation at Britain's Got Talent

Tuesday 9th June 2020

All Saints’ Academy pupil Jose Lumactod got four yeses from the judges, as part of the RAF Air Cadet National Choir’s performanceRead full story...

 

These schools came out of lockdown with positive Ofsted reports

Sunday 7th June 2020

Inspectors visited the schools just before lockdown stopped classesRead full story...

 

15 quiz questions for Pride as we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community

Saturday 6th June 2020

Pride month usually takes place in June, but due to social distancing, the usual parties and parades have been cancelled - so we're finding new ways to stand with the LBGTQ+ community as allies...

 

Schools in Wales set to go back at the end of this month

Thursday 4th June 2020

The Welsh Government announced the news in a press conference on WednesdayRead full story...

 

Cheltenham primary school closed due to 'emergency' water loss

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Naunton Park Primary School will be re-opening tomorrow after the problem has been dealt withRead full story...

 

Headteacher of Gloucester school explains decision not to re-open

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

The staff at Widden Primary School in Barton are "very concerned about starting back too early" adding that they don't believe "necessary conditions have been met"...

 

Gloucester Academy appoints headteacher as it is taken over

Monday 1st June 2020

The Gloucester school has been taken over by a new TrustRead full story...

 

Meet the adorable twins helping their parents to support the NHS

Friday 29th May 2020

Isla-Rose and Lily-Mae Austin-Goodall, from Charlton Kings, have been helping Cleeve School teacher Emma and her husband RobRead full story...

 

What primary schools will look like when children return in June

Wednesday 27th May 2020

We spoke to schools in the county about their plans which include putting children in to pens upon arrival, banning toys from home and markings on the floor to promote social distancingRead full story...

 

Mike and Zara Tindall to send daughter Mia to school on June 1

Monday 25th May 2020

Dad Mike says homeschooling is nice but frustrating because kids listen to other people more than their parentsRead full story...

 

MP says 'no one is sure' what will happen in schools on June 1

Friday 22nd May 2020

Conservative MP Richard Graham said: "“Everyone’s got to make their own decisions and where there are children involved, it will be very difficult parents for who are concerned...

 


National news archive

Coronavirus: Year groups kept isolated in back-to-school plan

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Safety plans to be announced for England's schools in autumn will be based on separate "bubbles"...

 

Coronavirus: Kate Silverton on her fear for children's mental health

Thursday 2nd July 2020

BBC newsreader Kate Silverton warns of the damage the pandemic is doing to children's mental health...

 

If overseas students stay away, universities can enrol more disadvantaged people | Anna Mountford-Zimdars

Thursday 2nd July 2020

UK institutions are expecting a drop in international enrolments – so why not take on students with lower grades?In the UK, international students’ tuition fees are a large part of universities’ budgets...

 

UK coronavirus live: government to set out plans to get all children back to school

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Education secretary to publish guidance for primary and secondary schools on how to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks Oxford offers best hope of vaccine this year, MPs toldLeicester outbreak driven by under-19s and workersCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 10...

 

Coronavirus: School safety means two cases and pupils go home

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Safety plans announced for England's schools in autumn will be based on separate "bubbles"...

 

English schools to open full time in September with few restrictions

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Government guidance leads headteachers to complain of ‘mind-boggling’ practical difficultiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools in England have been given few restrictions on how they will be able to operate when pupils return in autumn, according to newly-published government guidelines, but the welter of recommendations and advice has led headteachers to complain of “mind-boggling” practical difficulties...

 

UK coronavirus live: government publishes plan for all schools in England to open full time in September

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Education secretary to publish guidance for primary and secondary schools on how to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks Oxford offers best hope of vaccine this year, MPs toldLeicester outbreak driven by under-19s and workersCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 11...

 

UK coronavirus live: getting schools back to normal is critical for national recovery, Williamson tells MPs

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Education secretary makes statement on guidance for schools on how to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks as they’re set to reopen in SeptemberFull story: English schools to open full time in SeptemberBan on non-essential travel to be lifted for some countriesOxford offers best hope of vaccine this year, MPs toldCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 12...

 

Pupils in England likely to face reduced GCSE courses and delayed exams

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Ofqual publishes proposals to mitigate impact of learning time lost due to school closuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePupils in England who are due to sit their GCSEs next summer will be taught a reduced curriculum in a small number of subjects and will have their exams delayed by a few weeks, under new proposals drawn up by the exams regulator, Ofqual...

 

UK coronavirus live: Scotland to relax 2-metre rule but lockdown-easing paused in some towns after outbreaks

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Scotland’s distancing rule to be relaxed for some sectors; lockdown-easing paused in some Scottish towns; getting English schools back to normal critical, Williamson saysEnglish schools to open full time in SeptemberBan on non-essential travel to be lifted for some countriesCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1...

 

UK coronavirus live: Scotland to relax 2m rule but lockdown-easing paused in some towns after outbreaks

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Scotland’s distancing rule to be relaxed for some sectors; lockdown-easing paused in some Scottish towns; getting English schools back to normal critical, Williamson saysEnglish schools to open full-time in SeptemberBan on non-essential travel to be lifted for some countriesCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 2...

 

Coronavirus: School safety plans will keep groups apart

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Safety plans are announced for how all England's schools will return full time in September...

 

UK coronavirus live: Williamson leads Downing Street briefing as Starmer says more could be back in English schools

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Labour leader criticises lack of leadership; Scotland’s distancing rule to be relaxed for some sectors; lockdown-easing paused in some Scottish townsEnglish schools to open full-time in SeptemberLeicester ‘shows test and trace working’Ban on non-essential travel to be lifted for some countriesCoronavirus – latest global updatesInteractive vaccine tracker: how close are we? 4...

 

Boris Johnson criticises Oxford decision to remove Rhodes statue

Thursday 2nd July 2020

In wide-ranging interview, PM says jobs furlough not healthy and urges restraint as pubs openBoris Johnson has expressed opposition to removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University, in a rare newspaper interview in which he also said the jobs furlough scheme was not “healthy” for the economy in the long term and would end soon...

 

UK coronavirus live: attendance at English schools will be 'mandatory' from September, says Williamson

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Labour leader criticises government lack of leadership on schools; Scotland’s distancing rule to be relaxed for some sectors; lockdown-easing paused in some Scottish townsEnglish schools to open full-time in SeptemberLeicester ‘shows test and trace working’Ban on non-essential travel to be lifted for some countriesCoronavirus – latest global updatesInteractive vaccine tracker: how close are we? 5...

 

University changed my family's life. So why do ministers want fewer people to go? | Chris Husbands

Thursday 2nd July 2020

I wouldn’t be a university leader without having gained a degree – I want all young people to have the same opportunityMy grandad worked for 42 years as an underground coal miner...

 

School attendance mandatory in England from September – video

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Attendance at school in England will be mandatory from September with a full curriculum and exams expected to take place in summer 2021, the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced...

 

Attendance at English schools 'mandatory' from September, says Williamson – as it happened

Thursday 2nd July 2020

This live blog is now closed. Head over to our global live blog for the latest coronavirus updates from around the worldFull story English schools to open full-time in September 6...

 

Steve Bell on Gavin Williamson's advice for schools — cartoon

Thursday 2nd July 2020

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Back to school: what can pupils in England expect from September?

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Staggered start times, forward-facing desks and open windows form part of new guidanceAfter months of disruption, the government has said it will be compulsory for all pupils in England to return to school from September...

 

'I'm worried': parents react to England's school reopening plans

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Two mothers describe their mixed feelings about sending their children back into classroomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJane, 42, from Derbyshire, has two children – a daughter in primary school and son in secondary...

 

Gav’s brilliant back-to-school plan: pretend the pandemic’s as good as over | John Crace

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Most in his job end up sounding like headteachers but Williamson is stuck at floundering sixth-formerYou would have thought that schools would have been fairly high up the list of the government’s priorities when lockdown was introduced back in March...

 

School subjects may be retaught, dropped or narrowed in England

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Guidance outlines ways to help pupils catch up as Williamson denies curriculum will be dilutedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePupils starting secondary school in England may need to be “retaught” subjects they missed during the coronavirus lockdown, while others may learn a narrower range of subjects or drop GCSE courses to help them catch up, according to the government’s official guidance for schools reopening in September...

 

Welsh schoolchildren to learn about Arandora Star sinking via radio

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Theatre company has chosen coronavirus-friendly medium instead of stage productionThe story of how 53 Welsh Italians lost their lives when the ship Arandora Star sank 80 years ago as it transported them to second world war internment camps is to be told via a back-to-basics, coronavirus-friendly medium...

 

'Nothing's better than Yorkshire': why the graduate brain drain could end

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Northern universities are taking advantage of the shift to remote working to encourage their graduates to stayLike thousands of students across the country, Jodie McGregor, a final year food and nutrition student at Teesside University, has just finished submitting everything she needs to graduate virtually...

 

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