A five-year-old boy who is believed to have choked to death during a dinner break at a school in Hull has been named by police. Theodore Silvester, who was a foundation pupil, was taken ill at Anlaby Primary School on Friday lunchtime. Paramedics were called to the school, but he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is yet to take place, but the death is not being treated as suspicious. On Saturday, head teacher Gareth May said the whole school community was "deeply saddened by this tragic event".
The school nativity season is in full swing, with pupils having the chance to be part of one of the greatest stories ever told - but for many parents and teachers, the plays can become "torture". Yet many people love them. I have no idea why," one mother told us. "Stressful to create but a pleasure to watch," is a typical verdict. "Trust me, school plays are a nightmare.
Outside learning, teaching in small groups and pupils eating at their desks are among some of the measures schools in Wales should consider when reopening, according to new guidance. Only around a third of pupils will be allowed at any one time when Welsh schools reopen from 29 June. The guidance also includes recommendations on social distancing and getting to and from school. But unions have expressed concern that there is not enough time to prepare. Education Minister Kirsty Williams said "striking a balance" between national public health and "local flexibility" had been key. "We are working together to ensure that this opportunity is available to the vast majority of pupils and parents in a safe, structured and sensible way," she added.
The odds are loaded against children from disadvantaged backgrounds who apply for grammar schools in Kent, suggests a study. Entrance tests for the county's grammars "understate the true academic abilities" of poorer children, says the Education Datalab report. The "heavily" selective county will be a useful case study if grammars are rolled out nationally, says the study. Kent County Council said it was working to boost social mobility in grammars. Ministers have announced plans for a new generation of grammar schools in England by 2020.