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Coronavirus: Wales school reopening advice published

BBC News

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.


Most grammar schools 'not prioritising poor pupils'

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Fewer than half of England's grammar schools give poor pupils priority in allocating places, BBC research shows. An analysis of the 163 grammar schools' admissions policies found 90 do not take account of a child's eligibility for free school meals. Ministers want to ensure new selective schools take in more poor pupils. The Grammar School Heads Association said grammars were at the forefront of giving admissions priority to disadvantaged pupils. Grammar schools - state-funded schools that select pupils on the basis of ability - are facing increasing pressure to become more socially inclusive, amid government plans to increase the number of them.


See how your primary school is performing

BBC News

Pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in England are dropping further behind their classmates in national primary school tests, statistics show.


School choking death: Boy named as Theodore Silvester

BBC News

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".


Primary school's edible playground a hit with pupils

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In order to promote healthy eating and sustainability, the Trees for Cities charity has teamed up with a school in Tower Hamlets in London's East End to provide kids with a place to grow their own fruit and veg.