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Education nominee pledges new guidance, more virus testing

President Joe Biden’s nominee for education secretary is pledging to counter the “frustration and distrust and fear” about reopening schools in the middle of a pandemic with clear guidance, expanded virus testing and a call for teachers to be prioritized in vaccine rollout plans.

But Miguel Cardona stopped short at a Senate hearing Wednesday of saying that all teachers should receive vaccines before being asked to return to the classroom, a demand being made by some teachers unions.

“We have great examples throughout our country of schools that have been able to reopen safely,” Cardona told the Senate Health, Education,

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Teaching unions condemn last minute schools guidance

Principal Cara Ackroyd cleans a classroom desk at Outwood Academy Shafton in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as preparations are made before the start of the new term - Danny Lawson/ PA
Principal Cara Ackroyd cleans a classroom desk at Outwood Academy Shafton in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, as preparations are made before the start of the new term – Danny Lawson/ PA

Headteachers and union leaders have criticised last minute sweeping plans to enforce staggered rota systems on schools in lockdown regions just days before millions of pupils return to classes.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its guidance about how schools in areas with worrying rises in coronavirus cases could send secondary school pupils home for two weeks at a time to study in an attempt to reduce infection rates.

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Pupils can use coursework and mocks to appeal exam results, Ofqual says in new guidance

Students, teachers and parents hold placards and wear face masks as they protest against downgraded results: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Students, teachers and parents hold placards and wear face masks as they protest against downgraded results: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Students in England will be able to use coursework as well as their mock exam results to appeal the grades they were awarded after exams were cancelled due coronavirus, Ofqual has said.

In an eleventh-hour intervention ahead of A-level results day, education secretary Gavin Williamson on Wednesday pledged that students could use mock results to progress to jobs and higher education if these were higher than their awarded grades, but that schools would have to prove the mocks were valid

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