Schools have faced unprecedented disruption over the past year, and in recent weeks have been reopening classrooms that had been closed to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.
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Revealed: Areas with highest number of pupils self isolating
New figures show the extent to which pupils are having to self isolate after coming into contact with cases of Covid-19.
And they show big differences in the proportion of pupils who have had to stay off .
Nationally around two per cent of pupils have been off school last week after potential contact with the virus but in some areas more than 10 per cent of students have had to self isolate.
Pause exclusions in wake of pandemic, say teachers
Teachers attending the NEU annual online conference have voted in favour of “a campaign for a moratorium on exclusions" in the wake of the Covid pandemic, after hearing about the rising numbers of exclusions, particularly among black boys.
Inner-London primary teacher Denise Henry highlighted the concerns of the Runnymede Trust, a race-equality think tank, saying: "Halima Begum [director of the Runnymede Trust] ...said she was really concerned about the rising number of exclusions, particularly involving black schoolboys...who are being excluded at a time when perhaps there are all sorts of issues going on in school or at home, but then they go into a system that criminalises them and we risk losing them forever.”
Read more here.
More evidence that Covid is boosting teacher recruitment
The number of teacher training applicants has risen by 17 per cent in just one year, new figures show.
The UCAS end of cycle data for 2020, published this morning, shows that there were 52,485 applicants last year, compared to 44,965 in 2019 – a rise of 7,520.
This is a far greater change than in any of the previous five years. You can read more here.
WIlliamson condemned over Covid 'lies'
The president of the largest teaching union in England has branded the education secretary a "wooden-headed....limp and spineless...puppet" partly due to decisions he had made on schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the NEU annual conference today Robin Bevan said Gavin Williamson's decision to issue injunctions to schools who wanted to close before Christmas due to "being ravished by the pandemic", refusal to publish attendance figures for that week and call on parents to report schools for poor remote learning provision were all examples that backed up his 'harsh charges" against the secretary of state.
"Throughout recent months we have seen that the secretary of state is indeed wooden headed, is indeed a puppet, is limp and spineless."
Mr Bevan also called on Williamson to stop repeating the "lie" that the current exam system is best and fairest - you can read the full story here.
Many teachers unconvinced by government ‘catch-up’ solutions
If the views of more than 10,000 National Education Union members are anything to go by then there is big difference of opinion between teachers and government over how to address the Covid aftermath in schools.
An NEU survey has found that only one in five teachers see catch-up tutors – something the DfE has already invested £350m in – as an "important" way of helping pupils to recover learning lost during the pandemic.
And almost all (98 per cent) of respondents said they do not believe extended school days or changing term lengths "are worth considering at this time" – both strategies reported to be being considered by the government.
The NEU conference continues today and tomorrow with full coverage from Tes.
You can catch-up with the rest of yesterday’s coronavirus related schools news here.