Week on, week off schools plan

Week on, week off schools plan

Is Britain facing the perfect storm of a new coronavirus wave? - BLOWER
Is Britain facing the perfect storm of a new coronavirus wave? – BLOWER

Union plan for schools to go week on, week off

Boris Johnson is going back to school today. The Prime Minister is expected to use a visit to pledge that all pupils will be back in the classroom every day from the start of term next month. But he has been warned by the head of a leading teaching union that schools will only teach pupils on a “week on, week off” basis if there is a resurgence of coronavirus. Mr Johnson has been keen to stress that reopening schools is a matter of social justice as well as integral to kick-starting the economy. But Education Editor Camilla Turner can reveal that schools are drawing up contingency plans in the event of Covid-19 flare-ups that threaten to undermine the PM’s pleas. And, ahead of A-level results day on Thursday, the Children’s Commissioner said the Government should be prepared to intervene over exam results, warning that it will be a “complete disaster” if disadvantaged pupils fare worse this year.

The latest figures show Covid-19 cases rose by 1,062 – the largest daily increase in six weeks – amid fears that Britain is on the brink of a second wave. The Telegraph understands that the official daily coronavirus death count might never be brought back following an investigation into Public Health England’s method of counting the toll. Deputy Political Editor Anna Mikhailova explains how a review was ordered after claims that officials were “exaggerating” deaths from the virus.

Breakthrough Alzheimer’s drug on fast track

The first drug that could halt Alzheimer’s is to be fast-tracked for approval, in what experts say could be the biggest breakthrough yet. Charities said the decision by US watchdogs to give the treatment a “priority review” could mean it would be prescribed within six months. Currently, medicines can only mask Alzheimer’s symptoms. But Health Editor Laura Donnelly reports that trials have found patients given aducanumab showed improvements in their language skills and ability to keep track of time and place as well as a slower loss of memory.

Radio listeners can recreate concerts at home

Picture the scene: you are in your front room listening to the Proms. The string section begins to play from your radio. Seconds later the brass starts playing from your laptop across the room, joined by booming drums from the phone in your pocket. This could be the future of BBC music and drama after Radio 3 unveiled immersive sound technology.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

MP stopped by police | Dawn Butler, the Labour MP, has accused police of “institutional racism” after claiming she and her friend were pulled over for driving a “nice car”. The former shadow equalities secretary was stopped by Metropolitan Police officers in Hackney, east London, yesterday afternoon. Watch video she recorded of the incident.  

Around the world: Captive belugas make a splash

Two beluga whales that had not been in the sea for almost 10 years have been moved to an open water sanctuary at Klettsvik Bay, off the south coast of Iceland, thanks to British charity the Sea Life Trust. View more striking pictures of the day from around the world in our gallery.

Little Grey, pictured in a sling being hoisted into a temporary sanctuary pool - PA
Little Grey, pictured in a sling being hoisted into a temporary sanctuary pool – PA

Comment and analysis

In case you missed it: Highlights from the weekend

Editor’s choice: Features and arts

  1. Finding your mojo How to re-motivate yourself for the Big Return To Work

  2. Healing power of holidays | Why you should book one – for the sake of your health

  3. The outdoors saved me | ‘I had a high-powered job, but I felt trapped and anxious’

Business and money briefing

BA cuts | Penny pinching at British Airways has seen a £1-a-week allowance for first aid trained staff cut as the beleaguered airline seeks every saving it can find. Alan Tovey reports that the withdrawal of the payment means many staff are reluctant to take on the responsibility.  

Sport briefing

Stokes dash | Ben Stokes will fly to New Zealand to be with his unwell father this week and will miss the rest of England’s Test series against Pakistan. The all-rounder told his England team-mates after their comeback win in the first Test on Saturday night that he would be flying home this week to support the rest of his family.  

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

Life in the slow lane | Two hundred years after it was created, Regent’s Canal is more popular than ever before. Peter Watts examines how the waterway turned from a dirty, stagnant corridor to a prime piece of London’s real estate.


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