Coronavirus daily round-up: Tuesday 10 November

Fiona Simpson
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

GCSE and A-level exams in Wales have been cancelled next year due to the pandemic.

Exams in Wales will be cancelled next summer. Picture: Adobe Stock
Exams in Wales will be cancelled next summer. Picture: Adobe Stock
  • Each day, CYP Now will summarise the key issues affecting the children and families sector as it tackles the effects of the pandemic. The daily update signposts children’s services practitioners and leaders to the latest developments, expert views, advice and resources.

Wales announces exam cancellations for summer 2021

Wales' GCSE, AS and A-level exams in summer 2021 will be cancelled with grades based on classroom assessments, the education minister has said.

Kirsty Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field for exams due to the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic.

Head teachers would work on a "national approach" to ensure consistency, she added.

Fake news ‘biggest issue for parents’

More than a third (36 per cent) of parents say that they are most worried about their children seeing fake information about coronavirus than other false information, new research shows.

False information about Covid-19 scored higher than any other misinformation concern including; hoax internet challenges (33 per cent), terrorism (33 per cent) and false medical and health related advice, such as the cure for cancer (28 per cent). 

The report comes as online safety organisation Internet Matters launches an online hub to help tackle fake news and the spread of misinformation. 

School closures led to regression in development, Ofsted finds

Children hardest hit by school closures and restrictions have regressed in some basic skills and learning, a new report by Ofsted states.

Some young children, who were previously potty-trained, have lapsed back into nappies, particularly those whose parents were unable to work flexibly, the report finds.

Meanwhile, older children have lost stamina in their reading and writing, some have lost physical fitness, others show signs of mental distress, including an increase in eating disorders and self-harm.

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