Education Secretary confirms exams WILL go ahead next summer



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Most A-level and GCSE exams in England will be delayed by three weeks next year to allow pupils to catch up on time lost to pandemic closures, Gavin Williamson  confirmed today.

The Education Secretary also outlined plans to streamline some subjects saying it would ‘support teachers and students by freeing up valuable teaching time’.

Most exams will take place between June 7 and July 2, but Mr Williamson also said that one maths and one English GCSE exam will take place before the May half-term, to allow pupils forced to self-isolate during the main exam period a chance to sit a paper in a core subject. 

In a written ministerial statement today, Mr Williamson confirmed that he had rejected calls for the exams next summer to be scrapped or postponed for longer, as had been called for by some teaching unions.

They warned

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‘No decision’ on continuing free school meals during holidays after 100,000 NI children aided during summer

More than 100,000 children in Northern Ireland benefited from an extension of free school meals over the summer.

owever, the Department of Education said “no decision” had yet been taken on whether to extend the scheme for all school holidays in Northern Ireland.

The Summer Food Payment Scheme ran between July 1 and August 31.

Education Minister Peter Weir said 100,570 children received assistance costing £11,942,445.

This includes 88 children of asylum seekers who were provided with support, at a cost of around £10,400.

Mr Weir added that the remainder of the £12m funding has yet to be returned to the Executive.

He was responding to an Assembly question from SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan.

A department spokesperson explained that during the summer period all families received a grant equivalent to the cost of a free school meal (£2.70) for five days per week.

“Catering services in schools are now fully

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Summer Bradley, Shannon High special education teacher, dies | News

SHANNON • Friends, coworkers and students of Shannon special education teacher Summer Bradley, who died Saturday at the age of 34, held a candlelight vigil in her honor, Thursday night.

The solemn event, held at dusk at the high school, also featured a balloon release. According to those who attended, the event was a celebration of a beautiful life cut far too short.

“The candlelight is to commemorate the impact she had on each of us as educators and as students,” Shannon High School Principal Dr. Jason Arledge said. “The balloon release is to signify that she’s going to a better place now.”



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Family, friends and coworkers of Summer Bradley release balloons during a vigil held in her honor.




Bradley, a Tupelo native, served as the Biology inclusion teacher for the school where she aided students who needed help with science assignments or special

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