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  • Schools demand No 10 explain unauthorised use of rapid Covid tests January 15, 2021
    MPs and scientists also push for answers after it emerged MHRA has not approved use of rapid tests Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchool leaders have demanded urgent clarity about the government’s flagship mass-testing strategy for schools after the UK’s medicines regulator said daily coronavirus testing should not be used as an alternative […]
    Josh Halliday
  • 'Kids can handle hard truths': teachers and their students reckon with capitol attack January 15, 2021
    The mob violence in Washington has sparked discussions in schools across the country but for many students of color the scenes were not shockingFifteen-year-old Sevan Minassian-Godner’s brain struggled to process the images of violent, pro-Trump insurrectionists defacing the Capitol.The scene reminded the Berkeley high school sophomore of a movie, maybe the Hunger Games. Not the […]
    Mario Koran in Milwaukee
  • Experts remain divided over merits of mass Covid tests in schools January 14, 2021
    Analysis: some say lateral flow tests could help cut outbreaks, but others argue they offer false reassuranceRegulator refuses to approve mass Covid testing at schools in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has put mass testing for coronavirus at the heart of his strategy to reopen schools after the […]
    Ian Sample Science editor
  • Regulator refuses to approve mass daily Covid testing at English schools January 14, 2021
    Exclusive: Boris Johnson’s plan to test millions of pupils a week in disarray after concerns raisedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson’s plans to test millions of schoolchildren for coronavirus every week appear to be in disarray after the UK regulator refused to formally approve the daily testing of pupils in England, the […]
    Josh Halliday
  • Headteacher of Marcus Rashford's old school: 'Fed well, children thrive' January 14, 2021
    Emma Roberts says star is an inspiration to pupils at Button Lane primary and hails his efforts on free school mealsTo the headteacher of Marcus Rashford’s old primary school – where, not much more than a decade ago, he received the lifeline of free school meals himself – the furore over meagre food parcels this […]
    Maya Wolfe-Robinson
  • Schools in England told not to provide free meals at half-term January 14, 2021
    DfE guidance sets government on course for fresh dispute over children going hungry during holidaysHead of Marcus Rashford’s old school: ‘Fed well, children thrive’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has once again become mired in a row over free school meals after it emerged that headteachers in England have been told not […]
    Sally Weale, Heather Stewart and Patrick Butler
  • The government has failed thousands of students in England. They deserve a refund | Sonia Sodha January 14, 2021
    University students were treated like any other UK consumers – until coronavirus hitIt has taken a global pandemic to highlight that we live in a country where university students have fewer protections than package holiday customers. Got a holiday booked to a country that has closed its borders? No problem: you’re entitled to a refund. […]
    Sonia Sodha
  • Rashford has Johnson grovelling again – but this time is different January 13, 2021
    Analysis: decision to swiftly accept failings over latest free school meals scandal marks change of approachOnce again, Marcus Rashford has scored against the government, after Boris Johnson was forced to admit at prime minister’s questions that food parcels being sent to England’s poorest families were “appalling” and “an insult”.Keir Starmer attacked the prime minister for […]
    Heather Stewart Political editor
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