Ministers rejected school reopening plan recommended by Sage experts

By: Richard Adams and Ian Sample.   School leaders said the government’s publication of scientific advice failed to make a convincing case for the early reopening of schools in England, as the government’s chief scientific adviser said an effective testing and tracking system was necessary for more pupils to return to the classroom. After pressure from teaching […]

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Behaviour battleground: isolation booths divide opinion among teachers

By: Richard Adams. From a ‘lose the booths’ conference to ‘warm-strict’ policies, teachers are divided on how to tackle unruly pupils The use of isolation booths in state schools has become one of the most contentious issues among teachers in England, even if public concern over pupil behaviour has faded from the headlines since the […]

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Surge in demand for schools leaves councils struggling to cope

By: Richard Adams.  Thousands of pupils in England denied place at their preferred secondary school Councils across England are struggling to keep pace with rising numbers of applications for secondary school, leaving thousands of pupils without a place at any of their preferred schools. More than 600,000 families across England and Wales were told on […]

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