Ofsted chief inspector says many families have been stretched “almost to breaking point” with remote education
Amanda Spielman told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “A large proportion of children are just bored, lonely, miserable.
“Remote education has been a sticking plaster that we have had to apply, but it just doesn’t replicate what you get when you have good teachers in good schools and the social benefits of being in school alongside your peers.”
She said that some younger children have been “going backwards” in the language they use, and the ability to use a knife and fork – while there have been signs of increased mental health problems among older children.
What do we know about coronavirus variants as a new strain found in UK?
The variant, which is understood to have originated in the UK, has been designated a “variant under investigation” (VUI) by Public Health England (PHE).
Professor Hayward says UK left things “far too late” at the start of the pandemic
Looking back on the beginning of the pandemic, Prof Hayward, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at UCL, told Times Radio: “I think one of the reasons that we’ve had so many deaths is that we left things far too late, in terms of taking more restrictive measures.
“We should have been taking social distancing measures, if not a full lockdown then other measures that were trying to separate people much…