Coronavirus: Ofqual withdraws guidelines on appeals

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Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak today. We will have another update for you on Monday.

1. Guide to Ofqual Review Appeals

Exam regulator Ofqual withdrew its guidelines on how to appeal against A-level and GCSE scores in England using mock exam results, just hours after it was posted. The government is increasingly criticized for its handling of the exam process, after nearly 40% of all marks were reduced from teachers’ forecasts. Neither A-level students nor GCSE students were able to take public exams this year due to the pandemic.

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2. The campaign aims to reassure parents about the safety of students

With schools set to reopen in September, the government is trying to persuade parents in England that their children will be able to return to school safely. Under the slogan #backtoschoolsafely, the new campaign will highlight the different measures involved to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission. It comes after Boris Johnson said there was a ‘moral duty’ to bring students back to class. So, will students do a full school day next term?

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3. Eat Out to Help Out causes “hostility towards staff”

Restaurants and pubs have seen increased demand due to Treasury discounts of up to £ 10 on restaurant meals – but in some places owners say this has led to yelling at staff and a “Physical and mental stress”. Some sites in areas with high tourist density have pulled out of the program, saying demand has made it difficult to manage social distancing and caused “unwanted behavior” from disappointed customers.

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Kelly Hill of the Tavern Inn says Eat Out to Help Out “only brought us negativity”


4. “Life may never be normal again”

Coronavirus patients who have lived with symptoms for up to five months have spoken of the huge impact it has had on their lives.

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Media legendLong Covid: “Life may never be normal”

5. How is music played in locked mode

You can’t stop the music, like an old disco song says – but one way or another, the coronavirus is pretty close. Record stores closed, labels struggled, and the flow of new album releases slowed to a trickle during the height of the pandemic. However, in the lockdown we have learned to order more albums online and the way we use music streaming services has also changed. So how have different sectors of the music industry coped?

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