School reopening: Union leader told worries are ‘exaggerated’ as over 200 demands made | UK | News

The National Education Union has issued the Government over 200 coronavirus safeguards to be implemented before schools reopen in September. In England they are set to begin again this autumn after school closures were ordered in March. The teaching union president, Amanda Martin, defended the list of demands to Times Radio‘s John Pienaar. The host pointed out: “The scientific evidence suggests that the risk of children contracting the virus and passing on infection is remote. “So aren’t your worries about this a little exaggerated?” Ms Martin told him: “It does…

Brexit news: Boris Johnson told to ‘get a grip’ on Brexit as outraged Ann Widdecombe snaps | UK | News

Former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe insisted Boris Johnson‘s Government needed to seriously plan for a no deal Brexit. While speaking with Jonathan Saxty on Brexit Watch, Ms Widdecombe claimed a World Trade Organisation Brexit was looking likely and the Government needed to stop putting off preparation for it. She predicted the EU would never give the UK a satisfactory Brexit trade deal and Britain needed to prepare for this eventuality. Ms Widdecombe said: “In your introduction, you said it is looking likely that there won’t be a trade deal…

BBC POLL: Would you support over-75s with national strike against paying TV licence fee? | UK | News

Last week, the BBC started sending letters to over-75s who previously did not have to pay the fee to remind them that they were non longer eligible for a free licence. From August 1 only pensioners older than 75 on pension credit were exempted automatically. However, the national broadcast was warned there could be a “peasants revolt” if they try to prosecute those who do not pay the licence fee. Julian Knight, the Tory MP for Solihull, said: “The BBC could face the modern day equivalent of the peasants’ revolt…

Labour Party: After MPs attacked PM’s Manchester lockdown, WHO praises Boris’ response | UK | News

At the end of July, health secretary Matt Hancock introduced new restriction measures for the Greater Manchester area after cases of the deadly pandemic began to soar. The decision was widely criticised by Labour MPs. Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy, the Labour MP for Wigan, tweeted the news out and urged for more information on the new measures.Ms Nandy said: “Told tonight this applies to homes AND gardens but you can still visit public spaces where social distancing measures are in place.“People will have a lot of questions and we…

A-level results date 2020: When is A-level results day? | UK | News

The Government has said teachers can invite pupils into school to collect results, as long as it happens in a covid-secure way. All pupils should have been told what to do on Thursday by their schools. But if anyone is unsure they should contact the schools directly to verify the procedure on Thursday. Predominantly pupils will find out their results by attending schools from 8am, receiving an email or logging into an online portal. Source link

A-Level results day: How will exam results day work this year? | UK | News

A-Level students are preparing to find out their results this week after a very unusual last year of school due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing the Government to close school in March. But how exactly will exam results day work this year? Are you able to get your A-Level results this year? Hundreds of thousands of 18-year-olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive their A-level and vocational qualification results on Thursday, August 13. Students did not sit exams in a usual manner this year and instead were graded…

Schools reopening: Could UK go into lockdown for schools to reopen? | UK | News

Schools are due to reopen for all pupils around the UK in the next month. Attendance will be mandatory once again at the beginning of the autumn term and headteachers will be told to follow up pupils’ absence and issue sanctions including fines. But could the UK be forced back into lockdown for schools to reopen? Coronavirus cases are on the rise across Britain with health officials reporting more than 1,000 new cases in the past 24 hours on Sunday for the first time in weeks. Overall, a total of…

BBC News: Katya Adler in furious grilling of Whately over nurses pay – ‘Slap for carers’ | UK | News

BBC host Katya Adler confronted the Care Minister on Radio 4’s Today programme over the Government’s failure to give NHS nurses a pay rise after months working in the fight against coronavirus. The BBC host told Ms Whately the move was being described as a “slap for carers” as she questioned the Tory Minister on the Government’s plans to respond to the claims.  Ms Whately said an announcement on nursing pay is due next year. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Nurses are on what’s called the Agenda for Change pay…