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Students and families have been thanked for getting tested for Covid-19 and, in doing so, playing their part in helping to keep the virus out of the classroom.

The Government has asked that all secondary school pupils take two rapid Covid-19 tests, three to five days apart, in school at the start of term. Pupils, along with all school staff, should then continue to take a rapid Covid-19 test twice a week – either at home or in school – until at least the end of this month, when this policy will be reviewed.

The prolonged closure of schools in India is said to have led to catastrophic consequences for poor children, according to a recent survey.

Only 8% of the children sampled were studying online regularly and 37% were not studying at all, the survey found. Primary and upper-primary schools in India have been closed for 17 months to curb the spread of coronavirus.

As children go back to school this autumn there will be a renewed focus on outdoor play with schools aiming to deliver lessons in the safety of the great outdoors.    

According to recent Government guidance from The Department for Education, schools should consider outdoor lessons if five pupils who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for Covid. Outdoor play has been embraced during the pandemic, particularly in education settings such as nurseries and schools.

Coventry’s hugely successful West Midlands Cycle Hire (WMCH) scheme has been expanded to cover Coventry Railway Station and the University of Warwick campus. This sees an additional 75 bikes and nine new docking stations made available to users. Seven of these are on the university site with the remaining two outside the Visitor Information Hub at Coventry Railway Station and at Starley Gardens on Cox Street.

It means that visitors, staff and students returning after their summer breaks will not only be able to hire bikes for trips around the campus, but also use them for a longer commute to and from the city centre. There are already 23 docking stations available in Coventry.

Voluntary groups who work with children and young people in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to apply for funding to deliver activities, workshops and projects during the October half-term before the deadline today.

The next round of funding is available for projects which meet any of the three priorities featured in the city’s Youth Engagement Strategy (#YES) – Being Healthy, Being Connected and Being You.