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Care leavers and disadvantaged pupils to benefit from £126 million investment in new laptops and tablets

Care leavers, children with a social worker and children arriving from Afghanistan will receive devices to enable them to access education and support

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Published 22 October 2021

Up to half a million more disadvantaged children and young people in England will receive new devices to support their education and help...

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Lack of investment in school transport driving traffic congestion

  • Just 12% of schools have invested in the safety of transport for the school run over the past decade
  • 40% of parents worried about traffic levels around the school gates
  • Almost half of London schools still do not offer a dedicated school transport service

As traffic levels soared across the UK, following the return of schools for the 2021/22...

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1,000 schools connected to top-of-the-class full fibre broadband

Children in more than a thousand schools are now enjoying next-generation internet speeds thanks to government investment.
  • Thousands of pupils in schools with slowest speeds can now access gigabit broadband
  • Nearly 7,000 hospitals, libraries, police stations and other public buildings to be upgraded by end of March
  • Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries says: “We are
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Father and daughter sentenced for running illegal school

A headteacher and her father were sentenced on the 11th October for running an unregistered school in south London.

From: Ofsted

They had been previously convicted of the same criminal offence 2 years ago.

Nadia Ali was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement, a prohibited activity...

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Public Health Devon advice to parents of school-age pupils 

With children and young people back in the classroom, and more mixing now possible with a change to the guidance around things like bubbles, we're seeing a rise in coronavirus cases among the school-age population, and it's likely that this will continue.

In almost all of the cases the young person has shown no sign of having the virus, or only very mild symptoms.

It's important that...

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UK achievements celebrated in new children's book to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Primary school children across the United Kingdom to receive a free book next year to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Primary school children across the United Kingdom will receive a book that celebrates the achievements of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth over the last 70 years.

The book will be...

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Major rebuilds begin at schools across England

Education Secretary ‘breaks ground’ at one of first schools to benefit from new 10-year School Rebuilding Programme

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

On 23rd September Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, ‘broke ground’ on one of the first 100 schools to be rebuilt under the Prime Minister’s ten-year School Rebuilding Programme, as he joined workers, pupils...

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COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people starts in schools

This week parents and guardians of young people aged 12 to 15 years old are being contacted to ask for their consent for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of the jabs beginning to be administered in schools next week.

Alternative arrangements will be made to ensure those not in school are offered the vaccine, including those who are home schooled or in secure services.

The UK’s Chief...

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Public health experts working closely with schools and colleges to reduce risk of transmission

Schools and colleges have reopened for most, and with it coronavirus measures – some different, some familiar – to help reduce risk to pupils and staff.

With most of Devon’s schools back, pupils and their families will be familiarising themselves with new routines.

Secondary schools and colleges are asking pupils to take two in-school assisted lateral flow tests, days apart...

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SCHOOL RUN-CERTAINTY: NEW RESEARCH REVEALS WHAT PARENTS DREAD MOST AHEAD OF THE BACK TO SCHOOL RUNA quarter (25 per cent) fear talking to other parents at drop-off or being stuck talking to people they don’t knowParents find the school run more irritating

  • A quarter (25 per cent) fear talking to other parents at drop-off or being stuck talking to people they don’t know
  • Parents find the school run more irritating than deciding what to wear (39 per cent), getting out of bed (37 per cent) and even returning parcels to the Post Office (36 per cent)!
  • Parents in Belfast being the most unfriendly parents at drop-
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