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Pubs and clubs urged to do more to tackle violence against women in Cheltenham

Friday 22nd October 2021

A recent survey conducted by Cheltenham Borough Council showed that most women do not feel safe at night and this gets worse during race weekRead full story...

 

Bibury Primary School forced to close due to 'impact of Covid'

Thursday 21st October 2021

Schools across the county are struggling to stay open because of staff absencesRead full story...

 

Covid: Entire year group at Gloucestershire school to stay at home after cases 'double'

Wednesday 20th October 2021

There are 17 staff off sick at the schoolRead full story...

 

School tells pupils not to attend due to false COVID-19 test fear

Monday 18th October 2021

Dean Close School in Cheltenham has told its senior school pupils to learn at home onlineRead full story...

 

Dozens of pupils forced to home school in Gloucestershire due to coronavirus

Friday 15th October 2021

The school has decided to introduce some remote working into its scheduleRead full story...

 

Princess Anne's children 'spared embarrassment' by school 'cover-up'

Friday 15th October 2021

Tutor at school favoured by the royals hoisted girl into the air for smokingRead full story...

 

Most women don't feel safe at night in Cheltenham and this gets worse during race week

Thursday 14th October 2021

Reports of sexual harassment, abuse and intimidation have increased over recent yearsRead full story...

 

Cheltenham primary school closed for second day due to power issues

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Engineers are on-site but the problem has not yet been fixedRead full story...

 

St John’s Primary School in Cheltenham closed due to a 'complete power cut'

Wednesday 13th October 2021

“The worst possible timing,” said one parentRead full story...

 

First signs of Covid slowdown in Herefordshire schools

Tuesday 12th October 2021

Latest stats show downward trend ahead of half-term...

 

Dozens of pupils isolating after positive Covid tests at Gloucestershire school

Monday 11th October 2021

Concerns have been raised about the number of students and staff who tested positive using lateral flow tests but then tested negative using PCR testsRead full story...

 

Student learns about computer programming and the mysteries of the universe - at 93

Sunday 10th October 2021

Roy Palmer proves you’re never too old to learn as he has studied more than 60 free courses with The Open UniversityRead full story...

 

Mum horrified after her son, four, found wandering streets after escaping from school

Thursday 7th October 2021

The head teacher of St Richard’s CofE First School says they are 'investigating the incident'Read full story...

 

Gloucester primary school moved out of 'Special Measures' by Ofsted

Tuesday 5th October 2021

The school was told to improve five years agoRead full story...

 

Gloucester primary school reviews security over 'unsupervised' child at school gates

Tuesday 5th October 2021

School confirms it is working with Gloucestershire County Council as a "matter of urgency"...

 

Gloucester grammar school’s first black pupil speaks about growing up in city

Saturday 2nd October 2021

Ropert McKenzie has worked tirelessly for years to bring communities togetherRead full story...

 

Herefordshire headteacher catches Covid as special measures put in place for year 8

Friday 1st October 2021

The school remains open despite rising Covid casesRead full story...

 

Cheltenham schools close due to burst water pipe

Thursday 30th September 2021

Water supplies across a large part Cheltenham went off on Thursday morning...

 

How oversubscribed are schools in Herefordshire? Check our interactive widget

Thursday 30th September 2021

A third of parents didn't get their first choice of a place at one Herefordshire school this year - use our interactive to find out how oversubscribed your local school isRead full story...

 

Police called after anti-vaxxers target pupils at a Gloucester school

Tuesday 28th September 2021

The protestors tried to give out leaflets to the pupilsRead full story...

 

Junior school partially closed due to Covid and staff shortages

Monday 27th September 2021

One class will not be attending school tomorrowRead full story...

 

Memorial stone to pilot who saved school unveiled

Sunday 26th September 2021

Flt Lt Robert George Coventry saved countless lives by crashing his plane away from the school...

 

Gloucester nursery rated as inadequate over safety concerns

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Ofsted inspectors visited the Dean Close Little Trees Day Nursery in AugustRead full story...

 

'Concerning' number of pupils at Gloucestershire secondary school test positive for Covid

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

There have been 17 pupils recorded with Covid at Katharine Lady Berkeley school since the weekendRead full story...

 

Greatfield Park Primary School tells Year 3 pupils to get PCR test after staff member tests positive for Covid

Monday 20th September 2021

The school has allowed children to attend school today if they have shown no Covid symptomsRead full story...

 


National news archive

'Years to get children back on track after Covid'

Friday 22nd October 2021

How the pandemic has affected child development in one primary school in north-east England...

 

English schools struggle to cope as Covid wreaks havoc

Friday 22nd October 2021

Despite government narrative of a return to normality, schools in areas with high Covid rates lack supportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools in England hit by high numbers of Covid-19 cases among staff and pupils have been forced to reinstate mask wearing, send whole year groups home to study online and in some cases close early for half-term as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in education...

 

Homes for sale within easy reach of schools – in pictures

Friday 22nd October 2021

From a terrace home opposite a girls’ grammar school to a coach house close to a primary school Continue reading...

 

Deprived schools in England ‘getting less money after funding overhaul’

Friday 22nd October 2021

Commons report says changes have resulted in per-pupil funding increasing for better-off schoolsMinister are being urged to pause their education funding reforms after it emerged they have resulted in less money for the most deprived schools and more for the better off, according to a parliamentary report...

 

Sex education: Could consent classes help end harassment?

Thursday 21st October 2021

Sex education is compulsory in England's secondary schools, while primary schools teach about relationships...

 

Sex and relationship lessons ‘help pupils feel safe’

Thursday 21st October 2021

Sex education is compulsory in England's secondary schools, while primary schools teach about relationships...

 

English schools must not teach ‘white privilege’ as fact, government warns

Thursday 21st October 2021

Comments ahead of new guidance ‘simplistic and unhelpful’, say teaching unionsEnglish schools should not teach “contested theories and opinions … such as white privilege” as fact, the government has said prior to the publication of new guidance outlining how teaching certain political issues could break the law...

 

Covid disruption could cost pupils in England up to £46,000, finds report

Thursday 21st October 2021

Blow to lifetime earnings would affect students in north and Midlands worst, says thinktankCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePupils in England whose learning has been severely disrupted by the pandemic could lose up to £46,000 in lifetime earnings, costing the economy hundreds of billions of pounds, without additional government investment, according to research...

 

Schools should stay open as greatest risk of Covid transmission is in households, research finds

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Family vaccination is key to preventing symptoms in children, an analysis of the Delta variant spread in education settings showsDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingDespite Delta being more transmissible than earlier Covid-19 variants, in Australia few children and adolescents who get the virus have severe symptoms, and schools should only be closed under exceptional circumstances, a research analysis from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found...

 

Social mobility tsar wants campaign against toddlers having mobile phones

Wednesday 20th October 2021

Katharine Birbalsingh says she wants to educate parents that the devices will make reading harder for childrenThe government’s new social mobility commissioner has told MPs she wants to launch a nationwide campaign telling parents not to give their toddlers a mobile phone to play with because it will make reading harder for them later on...

 

Texas schools are being told to teach ‘opposing views’ of the Holocaust. Why? | Francine Prose

Tuesday 19th October 2021

The question of what specific books and topics can and can’t be taught is linked to a disturbing new law in TexasI’ve been trying to imagine what Gina Peddy could have been thinking when, on 8 October, she informed a group of Southlake, Texas, elementary school teachers that, if their classroom libraries included books about the Holocaust, students should also be steered toward books with “opposing views”...

 

Back to school: How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Face coverings remain compulsory in Scottish schools, and are being reintroduced in parts of England...

 

How are pupils being kept Covid-safe?

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Face coverings remain compulsory in Scottish schools, and are being reintroduced in parts of England...

 

‘Distracting’: Tasmanian Catholic schoolgirls forced to kneel and have skirts measured

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Marist Regional College in Burnie forced to apologise after complaints from parents over ‘outdated’ and ‘humiliating’ incident Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingA Tasmanian Catholic secondary school has been forced to issue an apology after a group of year 8 students were instructed to kneel down to have their skirts measured, because their dress length was “distracting” male teachers and students...

 

Tasmanian Catholic school teacher claims girls’ skirts ‘distracting’ male teachers and students

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Marist Regional College forced to apologise after year 8 girls taken from class to have skirt lengths measuredGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingA Tasmanian Catholic secondary school has been forced to issue an apology after a group of year 8 students were instructed to kneel down to have their skirts measured, because their dress length was “distracting” male teachers and students...

 

Netflix Squid Game schools warning sent to parents

Monday 18th October 2021

A council tells parents some schoolchildren are "aggressively" replicating the TV thriller's games...

 

ICO to step in after schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

Monday 18th October 2021

Privacy campaigners raise concerns after nine schools in North Ayrshire scan faces of pupils to take paymentsThe Information Commissioner’s Office is to intervene over concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK...

 

The Guardian view on biometric technology in schools: watch closely | Editorial

Monday 18th October 2021

Sellers of facial recognition software would like it to be seen as a useful tool...

 

ICO to intervene after UK schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

Monday 18th October 2021

Privacy campaigners raise concerns after nine schools in North Ayrshire scan faces of pupils to take paymentsThe Information Commissioner’s Office is to intervene over concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK...

 

Privacy fears as schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

Monday 18th October 2021

Nine schools in North Ayrshire begin using technology to take payments, with others in UK expected to followPrivacy campaigners have raised concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK...

 

Wales launches drive to keep young people in their homeland

Monday 18th October 2021

Economy minister tells of ‘significant challenge’ of retaining and attracting talent to support country’s economyThe Welsh government is launching a drive to persuade more young people to remain in their homeland amid growing concerns that the percentage of working-age citizens is dropping to worryingly low levels...

 

‘You have to go where the work is’: why young people are leaving Wales

Monday 18th October 2021

Wales is asking its young people to stay and work. Many want to, but there are concerns about lack of opportunityStudents Kyle Davies and Timothy Bird were to be found working on a jet engine in the aerospace centre at the University of South Wales’ Treforest campus, just south of Pontypridd...

 

England to open walk-in Covid clinics for children aged 12-15 within weeks

Sunday 17th October 2021

Move to speed up vaccinations follows rising infection rates in secondary schoolsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWalk-in vaccine clinics for 12- to 15-year-olds are expected to be launched in England within weeks, to stem rising rates of Covid-19 infections within secondary schools...

 

English council urges parents not to allow children to watch Squid Game

Sunday 17th October 2021

Bedfordshire safeguarding team issues warning after reports children are copying Netflix show’s violent challengesA council in the south of England has advised parents not to let their children watch the Netflix show Squid Game, after reports children as young as six are copying its violent challenges...

 

Why battles over race and sex now take centre stage at UK drama schools

Sunday 17th October 2021

Britain has long been seen as a crucible of performing excellence, but new issues have come to the fore in our stage schools...

 

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