Podcast: GCSEs 2021 options and 'saving' Christmas

DfE stands firm on keeping schools open as teacher infection data is demanded, while exam boss admits problems 'not completely solvable'

podcast NOv 20 2020

Join the Tes news team as we look at plans to "save Christmas" put forward by school support staff union Unison, which involve schools going completely online from 10 December.

However, a letter to public health chiefs from education secretary Gavin Williamson and health secretary Matt Hancock suggests this will almost certainly not happen as the pair stand firm on their decision to keep schools open.

Meanwhile, we look at life for teachers in schools in Hull, the UK's coronavirus hotspot, who say "bubbles are a nonsense".

And we discuss how our investigation into Covid rates in schools could just be the tip of the iceberg in that not all cases are being reported – as teachers demand to know Covid infection rates for staff as well as pupils.

We also mention our interview with AQA chief executive Colin Hughes who gave his views on six options for GCSEs 2021

We end on the story of how teachers have suggested top reads for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford's new inclusive book club.


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Dave Speck

Dave Speck is a reporter at Tes

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