School attendance back at high levels in England
16/03/2021 | news | education | 262
First official figures show school return has been "smooth" so far, with pupils back in the classroom.
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16/03/2021 16:36:43 43 6
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Good news. Nice to see something getting back to normal.
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16/03/2021 17:01:45 21 7
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 16:40:30 36 7
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Good to see return to school and pupils getting back to face to face learning, meeting peers and also for many getting school meals. Also for all school staff, getting the opportunity to get back more fully to the work they enjoy. Yes there are risks but we have to learn live with that.
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16/03/2021 20:23:01 2 7
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Very sensible post. However sensible and uncontroversial a post is, there are always a few who disagree, and vote it down. The only people who could disagree with your post are malingerers, who perhaps hoped for a longer school closure period....
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16/03/2021 16:40:35 91 31
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As a teacher, I strongly believe schools should never have closed and exams should never have been cancelled. Glad they're back, the workload has reduced massively.
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16/03/2021 17:03:16 25 16
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I do wish people had to explain why down voting on this very positive comment.

Must be the word "teacher"
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16/03/2021 17:46:47 3 13
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Nice for you doug, but quite pleased you never got to teach my kid.
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17/03/2021 10:09:47 0 2
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As a sentient animal I can spot a tory Liar.
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16/03/2021 16:40:52 95 2
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Well done to all the teachers and others that made it happen.
Yes well done to all the good teachers not the lefty ones who wanted the schools to remain closed Removed
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16/03/2021 17:19:41 12 2
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There is a primary school across the road from us. It has been positively joyful to hear them out at playtime and being back together again. It also makes a total nonsense of how you can't meet another family outdoors.
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16/03/2021 17:43:17 15 1
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And the parents who juggled childcare, homes schooling, and holding down a job. I did it with a 2 and 6 year old and it was bloody hard work, but I consider myself lucky. I have so much appreciation for the single parents and those in small flats without gardens.
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17/03/2021 12:09:23 0 0
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Well done for that zoom call during the day.
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16/03/2021 16:40:57 13 24
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Hopefully this time it will be for good, although think how many lives could have been saved if Boris had not been completely oblivious to the dangers of Covid in late Feb/early March.
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16/03/2021 16:42:37 53 5
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Credit to the schoolkids. In all of this upheaval over the last 12 months they've just got on with it and, for the most part, done as they've been asked.

The ones who have been unable to follow the very simple rules along the way have been the supposedly more "mature" adults.
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16/03/2021 16:44:13 15 1
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Excellent news. Credit to the school leaders & teachers for setting up. Obviously the virus is still here so keeping a close eye on any potential illness is paramount. If children stay off due to suspected reasons, until they have a negative result then it should not be recorded on their record of absence. If confirmed covid schools need to support them and their families.
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16/03/2021 16:44:52 9 6
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Lucky English teachers, only one type of teaching required. Here in Scotland the SG have decided to make things more complex with even more workload. Difficult to think it is for any reason other than politics.
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16/03/2021 17:02:03 4 2
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Lucky Scottish teachers getting paid an extra bonus in recognition of marking load increase.
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16/03/2021 16:46:55 5 31
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Cue the fourth wave.
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16/03/2021 16:49:44 15 3
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So should all school children just remain at home for another 5 months or so?
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16/03/2021 16:55:55 6 3
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Stay locked up if you're not happy some people have lives to live
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16/03/2021 17:07:57 7 1
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Wouldn't we need to have a third wave first? Cases are down over 10% today compared to last Tuesday so no sign of any increase so far, despite increased testing, and hospitalisations and deaths continue to fall rapidly as you would expect.
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16/03/2021 17:14:07 3 1
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The vulnerable are vaccinated so let’s crack on
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16/03/2021 17:24:00 1 2
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bobography: Absolute totally insane rubbish. You really are full of the joys of spring aren't you?

It is stupid comments like yours that actually cause things to go the wrong way, so just think about it.
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16/03/2021 16:50:20 7 0
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Well done everybody!

my last comment was the fastest one to be removed ever.
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16/03/2021 17:39:48 0 1
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I'm pretty sure the censors have removed some of mine a lot quicker. All you have to do is include something derogatory about the beeb and hey presto, you get silenced. It's good to know that TV taxpayers money is keeping some people employed at the beeb who would otherwise be on the dole.
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16/03/2021 16:52:41 4 35
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AND BACK THE COVID WILL COME

BRAINLESS!
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16/03/2021 16:59:37 12 2
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:19:44 2 1
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REWILDER: Brainless, just like your totally insane, simple-minded, highly uneducated comment.

Schools COULD NOT be closed forever, and kids DO NEED to be in school to get a proper education.

Plus the fact that schools now have covid testing in place, which helps to combat the risks of the virus spreading. So get your facts right.
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16/03/2021 17:37:27 0 0
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The virus may spread a bit more because of schools being open, but, whether this leads to more people suffering with / dying from Covid will depend upon how effective the vaccines are. I would have preferred move vaccinations to have been done before relaxing Lockdown, but, compared to the BBC's pet EU, we are doing very well.
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16/03/2021 16:52:47 14 20
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Great to see. Schools should never have closed.
It's to our shame that in the first lockdown, schools closed before pubs and opened long after them. I'll never forget bringing my distraught kids home from school after it closed, after telling them this was to protect the elderly, only to walk past all the pubs full of old men drinking.
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16/03/2021 22:57:58 0 0
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Pubs opened in the summer holidays. Schools couldn't have opened then. Although I think they should never have shut in the first place.
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16/03/2021 16:52:51 23 9
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I was a teacher for 20 years and nowhere do bugs spread more rapidly than in schools. I hope I'm wrong this time.
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16/03/2021 17:23:23 6 21
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Did you teach infectious diseases or epidemiology? No? Then it is purely your opinion, not scientific fact!
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16/03/2021 19:07:14 3 0
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The Isle of Man is evidence of that with a significant rise in infections in school children! Of course, if you are a parent, or a grandparent who looks after school age children, you already know it's inevitable. Anybody who has worked in education also knows it, especially in the term following the summer holidays.
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16/03/2021 20:25:05 0 2
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Bugs spread rapidly, but somehow concentrate their attentions on those, amongst the pupils and the staff, who are malingerers.
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17/03/2021 12:50:33 1 0
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Schools are as good as designed to spread diseases as effectively as possible. Pull in one or two from most households, stir them all day in a closed room, return with all they swapped back out to all those homes. Practically a bio weapon funcion!
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16/03/2021 16:46:55 5 31
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Cue the fourth wave.
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16/03/2021 16:49:44 15 3
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So should all school children just remain at home for another 5 months or so?
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16/03/2021 16:53:35 8 1
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Of course they’re all in school. It’s mandatory and you don’t get a choice!!
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17/03/2021 11:46:57 0 0
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Actually you do and some are taking it. You can de-register your child and home educate. I wonder where these fall in the statistics being bandied around?
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16/03/2021 16:56:12 5 0
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Well, quite.
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16/03/2021 16:54:52 18 1
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Yes the virus is still here and going nowhere quick, but now the vaccination programme is so successful, we should see the benefits of it not being so virulent. Fewer hopitalisations and definitely many fewer deaths..............?
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16/03/2021 17:11:59 15 0
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Yes, 110 deaths announced from covid today in what's often the highest day of week for announced deaths (231 last Tuesday) and the ONS figures show, even over a week ago, there were only around 400 excess deaths in a week so we will certainly be below the 5 year average for deaths now.
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16/03/2021 16:55:03 21 6
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I notice one tabloid was this morning already proclaiming an increase in infections and a stalling in the fall in deaths as a result of the return to school.
Absolutely shameful, and today's figures are in total contrast to that headline.
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16/03/2021 17:33:28 3 0
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Any rise in cases would not have fed into hospital admissions/deaths yet. Deaths down 52% today compared to last Tuesday. Even cases are down today (8% compared to last week).
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16/03/2021 17:58:14 0 0
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You and the tabloid are both incorrect. There is always a "lag" between each stage from infection onwards....
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17/03/2021 11:44:15 0 0
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So who do you believe and why?
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16/03/2021 16:46:55 5 31
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Cue the fourth wave.
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16/03/2021 16:55:55 6 3
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Stay locked up if you're not happy some people have lives to live
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16/03/2021 16:56:12 5 0
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Well, quite.
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16/03/2021 17:01:57 1 0
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my bad! bad connection... Reported for removal.
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16/03/2021 16:56:17 25 4
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Great news, credit to the teachers and school staff who've worked throughout the pandemic to support the children & credit to the children who have kept on learning through all the upheaval. It's been a really tough 12 months & lots of uncertainty re GCSE & A levels - hopefully things will start to improve soon
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16/03/2021 17:17:06 11 35
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why credit them? they have gone out their way to make this as difficult to do as possible
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16/03/2021 16:56:26 0 3
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riot season will be avoided !
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16/03/2021 16:56:50 9 9
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There were at least twenty five schools in Greater Manchester where infections had occurred by this Monday, since the return of schools. Hundreds of children sent home No mention in the media except in Manchester Evening News. Schools are safe but the truth is out there.
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16/03/2021 16:58:15 6 11
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Now let's stop the obsession with monitoring school attendance. During the pandemic we've seen schools badgering parents, telling them they'll be fined if they don't bring in their child - "if they've got a cough but haven't had a positive test yet, you have to bring them in". Even in normal times, forcing people to attend (work or school) when they're contagious is asking for trouble.
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16/03/2021 17:11:51 6 1
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School's no longer have discretion. Headteachers MUST enforce attendance.
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16/03/2021 17:47:51 1 0
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Where are you getting this from? As soon as a child showed any symptoms they were sent home to get a test at my school. None were forced in despite symptoms.
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16/03/2021 16:52:41 4 35
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AND BACK THE COVID WILL COME

BRAINLESS!
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16/03/2021 16:59:37 12 2
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:09:38 2 1
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Yes, the PCR positives have continued declining steadily with no noticeable impact from schools going back so far. LFT positives have increased but that would be expected with 1 million extra tests a day. Only 1/3rd of them have been followed up with a positive PCR test suggesting the majority of them are false positives.
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16/03/2021 17:11:50 4 2
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Even if it does, you can’t sacrifice children’s futures forever! It’s time for children to be prioritised
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16/03/2021 17:31:53 3 1
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Yes it has. Several schools in my area are sending year groups home already. One sent reception all the way up to yr 4 home due to number of infections.
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16/03/2021 17:01:04 23 2
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:16:11 7 8
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OMG dont say that...the worry brigade will then say thats abnormal so must be something else wrong
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16/03/2021 17:28:44 3 1
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The case numbers were coming down quite rapidly before the schools re-opened. At best they could now be described as 'stalled'.
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16/03/2021 16:50:20 7 0
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Well done everybody!

my last comment was the fastest one to be removed ever.
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16/03/2021 16:36:43 43 6
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Good news. Nice to see something getting back to normal.
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16/03/2021 17:01:45 21 7
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:36:35 4 4
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Because testing is being done at schools you would expect the opposite surely?

Otherwise what is the point?

Testing at schools means not sending those with infections into schools to spread it and also ensuring that they self isolate so they don't pass it on outside school.

You would expect a fall in the figures not a rise
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16/03/2021 17:51:23 6 2
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I'm not convinced that's correct. Infections take longer than that to spot. Isn't it 2 to 3 weeks?
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16/03/2021 17:57:14 2 2
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It takes time for the infection to take hold, so wouldn't expect kids to have tested positive last week unless they'd been exposed before they went back. This is why people still have to quarantine for 10-14 days after contact even if they test negative.

And daily case numbers do seem to have stopped declining, although as you say, probably due to more testing.
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16/03/2021 16:56:12 5 0
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Well, quite.
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16/03/2021 17:01:57 1 0
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my bad! bad connection... Reported for removal.
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16/03/2021 16:44:52 9 6
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Lucky English teachers, only one type of teaching required. Here in Scotland the SG have decided to make things more complex with even more workload. Difficult to think it is for any reason other than politics.
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16/03/2021 17:02:03 4 2
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Lucky Scottish teachers getting paid an extra bonus in recognition of marking load increase.
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16/03/2021 17:23:36 0 0
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Marking load increase? What are you marking Wellbeing and PE?
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16/03/2021 16:40:35 91 31
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As a teacher, I strongly believe schools should never have closed and exams should never have been cancelled. Glad they're back, the workload has reduced massively.
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16/03/2021 17:03:16 25 16
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I do wish people had to explain why down voting on this very positive comment.

Must be the word "teacher"
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17/03/2021 11:57:58 0 3
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Schools have never actually closed, im not a key worker who works at Costa or McDonalds so ours has remained open and running at 40% attendance.
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17/03/2021 12:44:24 0 3
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Simple, schools should have been fully closed like at the first lockdown and stayed that way for a full year at least. These bad attitudes to getting then back for a few, to short reopenings is and was stupid, disease spreading, pandering to bad child dumping parents. Free childcare has be amply demonstrated as the only thing wanted or valued in state school gulags.
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16/03/2021 17:03:38 23 5
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Attendance could be higher if the authorities accept that a (red-light) lateral flow test can give a false result and allow a PCR test to over-rule the result.

After all, the LFT are voluntary.
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16/03/2021 17:10:41 4 13
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Coca Cola gives a positive lateral flow test result.
Have a drink before your swab - hey presto a fortnight off school.
(dont believe me? - try it!)
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16/03/2021 17:17:35 3 0
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A PCR test can now over-rule a lateral flow test. This was only not the case for the first three tests that were taken in school. The subsequent home-taken tests can be over-ruled.
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16/03/2021 17:06:53 3 1
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Good
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16/03/2021 16:46:55 5 31
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Cue the fourth wave.
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16/03/2021 17:07:57 7 1
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Wouldn't we need to have a third wave first? Cases are down over 10% today compared to last Tuesday so no sign of any increase so far, despite increased testing, and hospitalisations and deaths continue to fall rapidly as you would expect.
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16/03/2021 16:40:52 95 2
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Well done to all the teachers and others that made it happen.
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Yes well done to all the good teachers not the lefty ones who wanted the schools to remain closed Removed
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16/03/2021 17:15:39 16 8
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Aye. Shame about the righty government telling schools they had to close.
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16/03/2021 17:32:31 5 16
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"Lefty ones"

Just hope they are not the ones teaching your kids

"Leftism" is the stock in trade of the NUS

Want a beer son, want to meet girls

Come along to the UNI bar, it's run by the NUS, it's called the "Nelson Mandela (brain washing) Bar"
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16/03/2021 17:42:57 6 4
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Bitter much, righty?
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16/03/2021 18:53:10 6 2
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If you're so smart, why aren't you a teacher? Presumably,
you think its ok to have right wing teachers because you think they're all good. Why is asking for reasonable health protection a left issue?
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16/03/2021 17:08:46 21 11
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Government tells schools to reopen. BBC astonished that attendance rises.
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16/03/2021 17:41:03 7 0
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Astonished? Oh... you mean reported.
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16/03/2021 16:59:37 12 2
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:09:38 2 1
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Yes, the PCR positives have continued declining steadily with no noticeable impact from schools going back so far. LFT positives have increased but that would be expected with 1 million extra tests a day. Only 1/3rd of them have been followed up with a positive PCR test suggesting the majority of them are false positives.
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16/03/2021 18:46:44 0 0
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Where is that data published ... was looking for it on coronavirus.data.gov.uk?
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16/03/2021 17:06:26 11 25
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Schools should never have been closed in the first place. The evidence to take such a catastrophic step has never been there or revealed to us by the Government. Now parents have to run the gauntlet of weekly testing and risk kids being off isolating. If parents withdrew their consent for testing then all kids will be kept at school at all times. As it should have been all along.
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16/03/2021 17:22:24 10 1
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The problem was not that the kids might get covid but the vulnerabilities of those to whom they might later give it.
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16/03/2021 17:40:25 0 0
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So the huge surge in infections immediately after schools returned last year didn't convince you?
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16/03/2021 17:06:58 10 8
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I'll bet most parents are only too grateful to be rid of their little darlings.
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16/03/2021 17:23:19 8 2
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Actually it was a little heart breaking sending mine into school, I enjoyed the time together. At the end of the day it is better for them to be in school with their friends. It is nice to be able to finish my work during the day 14 hours days are tiring. I no longer need to pretend I can teach. I have to say I am looking forward to the Easter break I do need it.
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16/03/2021 17:38:49 2 0
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I should say so - especially if they've been trying to work from home and home-school at the same time. Some of our friends have been pretty stressed out by that, to say the least. Eternally grateful mine finished A levels last year (so now he's "at university" [i.e., at home], but that's another story.)
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16/03/2021 17:51:01 2 1
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I was delighted mine are back, yes. I can't teach all the subjects mine cover in A levels & GCSE. My children are now benefitting from being in school, interacting with other people and learning from people who have specialist knowledge. When working they will be learning & working with colleagues so great they are getting back into school & building knowledge and skills for the workplace
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16/03/2021 17:03:38 23 5
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Attendance could be higher if the authorities accept that a (red-light) lateral flow test can give a false result and allow a PCR test to over-rule the result.

After all, the LFT are voluntary.
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16/03/2021 17:10:41 4 13
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Coca Cola gives a positive lateral flow test result.
Have a drink before your swab - hey presto a fortnight off school.
(dont believe me? - try it!)
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16/03/2021 17:44:04 3 0
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Yep we wont believe you, Why, because it is not true.
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17/03/2021 12:47:59 0 0
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But..... everyone keeps pretending children like school! Why would they be normal and try to get out if it? You are not 'on message' of the propaganda! ??
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16/03/2021 17:11:33 48 4
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Schools back, cases still trending down, vaccination rate soaring - well done all concerned
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16/03/2021 17:14:52 24 48
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well except the teachers and especially the unions who if they had their way would still be wanting to make their 10 week break and all year one....
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16/03/2021 17:26:40 4 7
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economy wrecked, high death rate from all other health issues! oh yes well done to those concerned
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16/03/2021 16:59:37 12 2
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:11:50 4 2
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Even if it does, you can’t sacrifice children’s futures forever! It’s time for children to be prioritised
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16/03/2021 16:58:15 6 11
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Now let's stop the obsession with monitoring school attendance. During the pandemic we've seen schools badgering parents, telling them they'll be fined if they don't bring in their child - "if they've got a cough but haven't had a positive test yet, you have to bring them in". Even in normal times, forcing people to attend (work or school) when they're contagious is asking for trouble.
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16/03/2021 17:11:51 6 1
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School's no longer have discretion. Headteachers MUST enforce attendance.
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16/03/2021 17:15:26 0 0
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I know, that's the problem: everyone else has been told to isolate if you have symptoms, but kids have still been required to go to school even if they had one of the major ones (cough, temperature, loss of smell etc) - this was a bigger deal when PCRs were hard to get hold of.
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16/03/2021 16:54:52 18 1
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Yes the virus is still here and going nowhere quick, but now the vaccination programme is so successful, we should see the benefits of it not being so virulent. Fewer hopitalisations and definitely many fewer deaths..............?
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16/03/2021 17:11:59 15 0
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Yes, 110 deaths announced from covid today in what's often the highest day of week for announced deaths (231 last Tuesday) and the ONS figures show, even over a week ago, there were only around 400 excess deaths in a week so we will certainly be below the 5 year average for deaths now.
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16/03/2021 17:39:17 5 0
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Oh you can’t say that!! You are being too positive and are completely correct, some one will surely object. I normally get ‘cancelled’ or ‘need educating’, or get ‘accused’ of ‘ ‘ ‘peddling Misinformation’.
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16/03/2021 17:10:59 6 13
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Our local primary has 4 year groups self isolating and scores of positive cases after just 1 week back.
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16/03/2021 17:19:34 10 4
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Really? This must be an isolated case as cases have continued to drop. If there were scores of cases in one primary there would be thousands England wide.
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16/03/2021 17:24:02 3 1
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OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL, ALL CHILDREN IN...
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16/03/2021 17:32:53 3 3
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Sarah the socialist making things up again to have a pop at the government, change the record please
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16/03/2021 18:05:26 2 0
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I'm helping testing at a local secondary school & we have conducted over 2000 tests with 1 positive so far. They turned out to be negative after a PCR test. So DONT believe what negative press you read or hear about.
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16/03/2021 17:11:33 48 4
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Schools back, cases still trending down, vaccination rate soaring - well done all concerned
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16/03/2021 17:14:52 24 48
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well except the teachers and especially the unions who if they had their way would still be wanting to make their 10 week break and all year one....
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16/03/2021 17:19:27 11 4
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Jealous, are you...

Or just full of it!
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16/03/2021 17:25:23 19 3
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10 week break?

You mean to say I have been teaching when I didn't need to

Please let me know what dates I worked extra so I can claim back!
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16/03/2021 17:41:56 13 1
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If it weren't for your execrable grammar and punctuation, Stuart, you'd be very welcome to join us. However, experience tells me that anyone who still believes that teaching is one long holiday wouldn't survive ten minutes in a typical modern school without begging for help.
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I tired and lazy comment.
I do love these sweeping generalisations.
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16/03/2021 17:11:51 6 1
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School's no longer have discretion. Headteachers MUST enforce attendance.
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16/03/2021 17:15:26 0 0
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I know, that's the problem: everyone else has been told to isolate if you have symptoms, but kids have still been required to go to school even if they had one of the major ones (cough, temperature, loss of smell etc) - this was a bigger deal when PCRs were hard to get hold of.
Yes well done to all the good teachers not the lefty ones who wanted the schools to remain closed Removed
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16/03/2021 17:15:39 16 8
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Aye. Shame about the righty government telling schools they had to close.
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16/03/2021 17:01:04 23 2
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There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
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16/03/2021 17:16:11 7 8
bbc
OMG dont say that...the worry brigade will then say thats abnormal so must be something else wrong
10
16/03/2021 16:46:55 5 31
bbc
Cue the fourth wave.
51
16/03/2021 17:14:07 3 1
bbc
The vulnerable are vaccinated so let’s crack on
22
16/03/2021 16:56:17 25 4
bbc
Great news, credit to the teachers and school staff who've worked throughout the pandemic to support the children & credit to the children who have kept on learning through all the upheaval. It's been a really tough 12 months & lots of uncertainty re GCSE & A levels - hopefully things will start to improve soon
52
16/03/2021 17:17:06 11 35
bbc
why credit them? they have gone out their way to make this as difficult to do as possible
68
16/03/2021 17:23:34 9 1
bbc
Evidence please.

Otherwise I cannot credit the validity of your statement for submission.
70
16/03/2021 17:23:46 12 0
bbc
You really like teachers, don't you...

Did one run over your dog, or something?
118
16/03/2021 17:41:40 6 0
bbc
From my knowledge of friends & working with schools I've seen massive commitment from staff & the struggle to sort free school meals last year. I'm aware there'll be poor staff-same in any role but I don't tar everyone with the same brush.My children have been well supported & I'm grateful to all who've worked during covid but this is school HYS so I only commented on them. Keep safe
174
16/03/2021 18:09:12 3 2
bbc
Please make the distinction between teachers who are doing a fantastic job and the Unions who are trying to bring down the government.
33
16/03/2021 17:03:38 23 5
bbc
Attendance could be higher if the authorities accept that a (red-light) lateral flow test can give a false result and allow a PCR test to over-rule the result.

After all, the LFT are voluntary.
53
16/03/2021 17:17:35 3 0
bbc
A PCR test can now over-rule a lateral flow test. This was only not the case for the first three tests that were taken in school. The subsequent home-taken tests can be over-ruled.
54
16/03/2021 17:17:47 5 13
bbc
until kids start to test positive.... then back to square one
64
16/03/2021 17:22:25 4 3
bbc
kid's? are their parents goats?
41
16/03/2021 17:10:41 4 13
bbc
Coca Cola gives a positive lateral flow test result.
Have a drink before your swab - hey presto a fortnight off school.
(dont believe me? - try it!)
47
16/03/2021 17:14:52 24 48
bbc
well except the teachers and especially the unions who if they had their way would still be wanting to make their 10 week break and all year one....
56
16/03/2021 17:19:27 11 4
bbc
Jealous, are you...

Or just full of it!
79
16/03/2021 17:28:52 2 14
bbc
They wouldn't survive in the real world!
46
16/03/2021 17:10:59 6 13
bbc
Our local primary has 4 year groups self isolating and scores of positive cases after just 1 week back.
57
16/03/2021 17:19:34 10 4
bbc
Really? This must be an isolated case as cases have continued to drop. If there were scores of cases in one primary there would be thousands England wide.
146
16/03/2021 17:49:01 1 0
bbc
1 child tested positive so everyone else tested. Most of them are asymptomatic but almost half of one class positive.
4
16/03/2021 16:40:52 95 2
bbc
Well done to all the teachers and others that made it happen.
58
16/03/2021 17:19:41 12 2
bbc
There is a primary school across the road from us. It has been positively joyful to hear them out at playtime and being back together again. It also makes a total nonsense of how you can't meet another family outdoors.
12
16/03/2021 16:52:41 4 35
bbc
AND BACK THE COVID WILL COME

BRAINLESS!
59
16/03/2021 17:19:44 2 1
bbc
REWILDER: Brainless, just like your totally insane, simple-minded, highly uneducated comment.

Schools COULD NOT be closed forever, and kids DO NEED to be in school to get a proper education.

Plus the fact that schools now have covid testing in place, which helps to combat the risks of the virus spreading. So get your facts right.
60
16/03/2021 17:19:48 19 1
bbc
Lets focus on the good news of 90% plus kids back at school. Of course there will be exceptions. So what. Better a good solution than waiting for ever for the perfect solution. Sunak was right about that.
61
16/03/2021 17:22:12 4 7
bbc
OK they are back. But in the local area. A few students have already been sent home after positive test. Only just into the second week. We will have the full picture come Easter. To whether it was the right call for them to return. Many think the return should have been after Easter. Let's see.
90
16/03/2021 17:32:48 3 2
bbc
If they test positive they should be sent home! Do you want them hanging around other students infecting them?
62
16/03/2021 17:22:21 10 11
bbc
Don't care if the infection rates shoot up. We're not gong back to that madness!
39
16/03/2021 17:06:26 11 25
bbc
Schools should never have been closed in the first place. The evidence to take such a catastrophic step has never been there or revealed to us by the Government. Now parents have to run the gauntlet of weekly testing and risk kids being off isolating. If parents withdrew their consent for testing then all kids will be kept at school at all times. As it should have been all along.
63
16/03/2021 17:22:24 10 1
bbc
The problem was not that the kids might get covid but the vulnerabilities of those to whom they might later give it.
103
16/03/2021 17:31:55 0 0
bbc
I've got vulnerabilities as a parent with health conditions but children must always come first. If i catch Covid and the worst happens then so be it. It's what parents do. Put their kids welfare first.
54
16/03/2021 17:17:47 5 13
bbc
until kids start to test positive.... then back to square one
64
16/03/2021 17:22:25 4 3
bbc
kid's? are their parents goats?
85
16/03/2021 17:31:12 2 4
bbc
what planet are you living on?
40
16/03/2021 17:06:58 10 8
bbc
I'll bet most parents are only too grateful to be rid of their little darlings.
65
16/03/2021 17:23:19 8 2
bbc
Actually it was a little heart breaking sending mine into school, I enjoyed the time together. At the end of the day it is better for them to be in school with their friends. It is nice to be able to finish my work during the day 14 hours days are tiring. I no longer need to pretend I can teach. I have to say I am looking forward to the Easter break I do need it.
152
16/03/2021 17:50:16 1 2
bbc
Don't most teachers can't teach!
14
16/03/2021 16:52:51 23 9
bbc
I was a teacher for 20 years and nowhere do bugs spread more rapidly than in schools. I hope I'm wrong this time.
66
16/03/2021 17:23:23 6 21
bbc
Did you teach infectious diseases or epidemiology? No? Then it is purely your opinion, not scientific fact!
169
16/03/2021 18:04:04 3 1
bbc
I'd have thought that every parent would disagree with you... You don't need too many qualifications to spot sickness in your children...
198
16/03/2021 19:15:37 3 0
bbc
Check the latest Isle of Man stats! A very high percentage are schoolkids! Any parent or caregiver will tell you that they are little germ factories. But, Damrugmby10 said he was a teacher, so people like you think you know it all and that teachers are responsible for all the ills in society, and therefore, a legitimate target for your venom!
67
16/03/2021 17:23:27 4 13
bbc
Infection rates are not going down !!! Stagnated at 5500 -6000 a day since 28th Feb over 2 weeks !!! Why has this not been reported !!!!!
77
16/03/2021 17:28:04 11 1
bbc
Maybe because it's not true? On the 28th Feb the 7 day average of reported cases was 7172.6, now it's 5689.
More importantly deaths have gone from over 200 a day to around 120 a day in that time and more than halved compared to last Tuesday today.
81
16/03/2021 17:30:19 0 0
bbc
Do you have link to these figures?
82
16/03/2021 17:30:19 1 1
bbc
Oh dear. I’ll explain for you. The aims of the ‘Covid programme’ was never to reduce infections per-say, but reduce serious illness and deaths. Before we had the vac. the ONLY way to do that was to reduce infections. Now those at most risk of serious illness have been jabbed. Look at the death and admission rates. The ongoing response has to be like annual flu- never see those rates reported,
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16/03/2021 17:33:22 1 1
bbc
Also maybe helpful for you. It is great that it has stagnated. Testing is now around 1.5 million DAY!! Most in the world (evidence=phe website) It is not going up, sure the more you test , the more you find, they are testing more but it is pretty static.
101
16/03/2021 17:37:36 2 1
bbc
You could have a million cases per day. So long as hospitalisation and deaths are low then the number of cases is irrelevant.
107
16/03/2021 17:38:11 1 0
bbc
If it has not been reported then how come you are quoting figures that have not been reported?
112
16/03/2021 17:33:33 3 0
bbc
Dude, chill!

The deaths and hospitalisations are plummeting. That's what really matters.
52
16/03/2021 17:17:06 11 35
bbc
why credit them? they have gone out their way to make this as difficult to do as possible
68
16/03/2021 17:23:34 9 1
bbc
Evidence please.

Otherwise I cannot credit the validity of your statement for submission.
31
16/03/2021 17:02:03 4 2
bbc
Lucky Scottish teachers getting paid an extra bonus in recognition of marking load increase.
69
16/03/2021 17:23:36 0 0
bbc
Marking load increase? What are you marking Wellbeing and PE?
84
16/03/2021 17:30:57 1 0
bbc
GCSE and A-Level work to justify grades.

But if you are okay with either:
1. No qualifications being awarded
or
2. Totally unmoderated results

Then more than happy to not have increased workload.
52
16/03/2021 17:17:06 11 35
bbc
why credit them? they have gone out their way to make this as difficult to do as possible
70
16/03/2021 17:23:46 12 0
bbc
You really like teachers, don't you...

Did one run over your dog, or something?
71
16/03/2021 17:24:00 9 5
bbc
Now let's see what has happened to the kids that, have/have not, been home tutored while lockdown was on

Let's just hope that the kids, of parents that could not bothered with home tutoring, don't hold back the ones that did the work while off school
10
16/03/2021 16:46:55 5 31
bbc
Cue the fourth wave.
72
16/03/2021 17:24:00 1 2
bbc
bobography: Absolute totally insane rubbish. You really are full of the joys of spring aren't you?

It is stupid comments like yours that actually cause things to go the wrong way, so just think about it.
46
16/03/2021 17:10:59 6 13
bbc
Our local primary has 4 year groups self isolating and scores of positive cases after just 1 week back.
73
16/03/2021 17:24:02 3 1
bbc
OUR PRIMARY SCHOOL, ALL CHILDREN IN...
47
16/03/2021 17:14:52 24 48
bbc
well except the teachers and especially the unions who if they had their way would still be wanting to make their 10 week break and all year one....
74
16/03/2021 17:25:23 19 3
bbc
10 week break?

You mean to say I have been teaching when I didn't need to

Please let me know what dates I worked extra so I can claim back!
93
16/03/2021 17:33:56 2 19
bbc
It's probably more like 12 weeks, if the short days,teacher training days, meetings about meetings, paid school trips etc etc
42
16/03/2021 17:11:33 48 4
bbc
Schools back, cases still trending down, vaccination rate soaring - well done all concerned
75
16/03/2021 17:26:40 4 7
bbc
economy wrecked, high death rate from all other health issues! oh yes well done to those concerned
80
16/03/2021 17:29:11 11 0
bbc
As a teacher, I deliberately ensured I followed all government instructions about how we should destroy the economy.

The guidance on how to be actively disruptive did take some time to come through mind.
76
16/03/2021 17:26:46 8 18
bbc
It's good that kids are back at school, but the ones I've spoken to are having their lives made miserable by being forced to wear masks all da: and I do mean forced. While it's not a legal obligation I'm hearing reports of schools illegally punishing students who exercise their right not to wear a mask. "Teacher leave that kid alone!"

With nearly 25 million now vaccinated kids don't need this.
67
16/03/2021 17:23:27 4 13
bbc
Infection rates are not going down !!! Stagnated at 5500 -6000 a day since 28th Feb over 2 weeks !!! Why has this not been reported !!!!!
77
16/03/2021 17:28:04 11 1
bbc
Maybe because it's not true? On the 28th Feb the 7 day average of reported cases was 7172.6, now it's 5689.
More importantly deaths have gone from over 200 a day to around 120 a day in that time and more than halved compared to last Tuesday today.
96
16/03/2021 17:37:15 0 2
bbc
Look at the daily numbers each day and average it since the 28th. Accept deaths didn’t comment on that. My point is for 14 days it’s been within 4-500 stagnating each day. Prior to that if stagnated around 9k for 2 weeks
78
16/03/2021 17:28:18 5 1
bbc
Hopefully, parliament can get back to high levels. Lead by example.
106
16/03/2021 17:38:09 0 2
bbc
But they should be regularly tested before returning.

Tested for Covid.... and integrity.

Currently only the absence of one of those things seems to determine attendance.
145
16/03/2021 17:48:59 0 1
bbc
Goodee, lead by example
That means I can travel by train up to Scotland
Drive 30 miles to test my eyesight

One can understand why people ignore advice not congregate and hold vigils for unfortunate victims of violence

The example has been set
56
16/03/2021 17:19:27 11 4
bbc
Jealous, are you...

Or just full of it!
79
16/03/2021 17:28:52 2 14
bbc
They wouldn't survive in the real world!
115
16/03/2021 17:40:30 10 1
bbc
You wouldn't survive in education
149
16/03/2021 17:49:20 6 0
bbc
Oh, do give it a rest. What "real" world do you mean and it what way are YOU making this "real" world a better place? Why don't you offer your skills - assuming they're even vaguely useful - to your local comprehensive? If you make it to break without pleading for help, they might even buy you a bun.
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P66
16/03/2021 17:50:07 9 0
bbc
As a teacher I have just returned home from work - 5.50pm. Today was an early finish. I will be doing another 3 hours of work this evening. I do this 4 nights each week and I work one full day every weekend. Always have done. I will work pretty much every day at half term and one week at Easter. I will be in school 2-3 weeks in the summer break. It was easier before I was a teacher.
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16/03/2021 17:57:08 6 0
bbc
So what planet are they on, if not this one...

Another jealous moaner who wouldn't survive as a teacher, I suspect.

And no, I'm not now, and have never been, a teacher!
75
16/03/2021 17:26:40 4 7
bbc
economy wrecked, high death rate from all other health issues! oh yes well done to those concerned
80
16/03/2021 17:29:11 11 0
bbc
As a teacher, I deliberately ensured I followed all government instructions about how we should destroy the economy.

The guidance on how to be actively disruptive did take some time to come through mind.
99
16/03/2021 17:37:20 2 10
bbc
Well teachers are institutionalised ,and far from the sharpest knives in the draw
67
16/03/2021 17:23:27 4 13
bbc
Infection rates are not going down !!! Stagnated at 5500 -6000 a day since 28th Feb over 2 weeks !!! Why has this not been reported !!!!!
81
16/03/2021 17:30:19 0 0
bbc
Do you have link to these figures?
67
16/03/2021 17:23:27 4 13
bbc
Infection rates are not going down !!! Stagnated at 5500 -6000 a day since 28th Feb over 2 weeks !!! Why has this not been reported !!!!!
82
16/03/2021 17:30:19 1 1
bbc
Oh dear. I’ll explain for you. The aims of the ‘Covid programme’ was never to reduce infections per-say, but reduce serious illness and deaths. Before we had the vac. the ONLY way to do that was to reduce infections. Now those at most risk of serious illness have been jabbed. Look at the death and admission rates. The ongoing response has to be like annual flu- never see those rates reported,
83
16/03/2021 17:30:38 1 3
bbc
They've had an important lesson in BS
69
16/03/2021 17:23:36 0 0
bbc
Marking load increase? What are you marking Wellbeing and PE?
84
16/03/2021 17:30:57 1 0
bbc
GCSE and A-Level work to justify grades.

But if you are okay with either:
1. No qualifications being awarded
or
2. Totally unmoderated results

Then more than happy to not have increased workload.
224
16/03/2021 22:55:58 0 0
bbc
I'm not doing any more marking. I'd rather chuck the work in the canal and say I was attacked. They'll get a mock, that isn't a mock because it counts and the same tests as every other year. I'll then make up a sensible grade.
64
16/03/2021 17:22:25 4 3
bbc
kid's? are their parents goats?
85
16/03/2021 17:31:12 2 4
bbc
what planet are you living on?
26
16/03/2021 16:59:37 12 2
bbc
There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
86
16/03/2021 17:31:53 3 1
bbc
Yes it has. Several schools in my area are sending year groups home already. One sent reception all the way up to yr 4 home due to number of infections.
Yes well done to all the good teachers not the lefty ones who wanted the schools to remain closed Removed
87
16/03/2021 17:32:31 5 16
bbc
"Lefty ones"

Just hope they are not the ones teaching your kids

"Leftism" is the stock in trade of the NUS

Want a beer son, want to meet girls

Come along to the UNI bar, it's run by the NUS, it's called the "Nelson Mandela (brain washing) Bar"
134
16/03/2021 17:45:24 7 1
bbc
Wait... what? Beer makes you left wing? Millwall fans may disagree.
88
16/03/2021 17:32:38 16 3
bbc
Cases are not coming down. But tests have increased by 42%

Test more people and you get more cases. Simple!!
97
16/03/2021 17:37:17 9 0
bbc
yes, but the death rate and serious illness rate is coming down and that is what matters.
100
16/03/2021 17:37:33 0 5
bbc
not a true statement - as you could test more and find fewer cases, so your premise is statistically, scientifically wrong, and youre real intent misleading rubbish
125
16/03/2021 17:43:08 4 0
bbc
You are absolutely correct, but the so called ‘educated’ out there , who normally love their data don’t seem to be able to understand that simple scientific fact. Cases are pretty static ,even when testing has gone up to circ 1.5 million a DAY. If you apply proper statistical methods, cases are actually going down rapidly.
27
16/03/2021 17:01:04 23 2
bbc
There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
89
16/03/2021 17:28:44 3 1
bbc
The case numbers were coming down quite rapidly before the schools re-opened. At best they could now be described as 'stalled'.
171
16/03/2021 18:06:25 2 0
bbc
That'll be because the testing has tripled since schools returned in England on 8th March. You do more tests, you get more potential positives.
172
16/03/2021 18:08:33 1 0
bbc
They're still coming down actually but the decrease in the rate at which they're coming down actually is likely to have more to do with the substantial increase in lateral flow tests than anything else. The numbers testing positive with a PCR test are still falling consistently but LFT positives have increased.
61
16/03/2021 17:22:12 4 7
bbc
OK they are back. But in the local area. A few students have already been sent home after positive test. Only just into the second week. We will have the full picture come Easter. To whether it was the right call for them to return. Many think the return should have been after Easter. Let's see.
90
16/03/2021 17:32:48 3 2
bbc
If they test positive they should be sent home! Do you want them hanging around other students infecting them?
46
16/03/2021 17:10:59 6 13
bbc
Our local primary has 4 year groups self isolating and scores of positive cases after just 1 week back.
91
16/03/2021 17:32:53 3 3
bbc
Sarah the socialist making things up again to have a pop at the government, change the record please
133
16/03/2021 17:45:15 3 0
bbc
Not sure how you can claim that when this is the first time I've ever commented on hys!
137
16/03/2021 17:46:36 0 0
bbc
Because of course I want to spend 10 days locked in the house with my 3 children.
67
16/03/2021 17:23:27 4 13
bbc
Infection rates are not going down !!! Stagnated at 5500 -6000 a day since 28th Feb over 2 weeks !!! Why has this not been reported !!!!!
92
16/03/2021 17:33:22 1 1
bbc
Also maybe helpful for you. It is great that it has stagnated. Testing is now around 1.5 million DAY!! Most in the world (evidence=phe website) It is not going up, sure the more you test , the more you find, they are testing more but it is pretty static.
74
16/03/2021 17:25:23 19 3
bbc
10 week break?

You mean to say I have been teaching when I didn't need to

Please let me know what dates I worked extra so I can claim back!
93
16/03/2021 17:33:56 2 19
bbc
It's probably more like 12 weeks, if the short days,teacher training days, meetings about meetings, paid school trips etc etc
129
16/03/2021 17:43:30 6 1
bbc
Yours literally the most ignorant, ill-informed post I have read on HYS. Were you bullied by your teachers?
163
16/03/2021 17:57:52 6 0
bbc
So if it is that chushy, why aren't you a teacher?
200
16/03/2021 19:38:40 3 0
bbc
My highlight is the meetings about meetings. They are so much fun it feels like I am holiday... said no teacher ever.
94
16/03/2021 17:35:52 11 3
bbc
Don't worry. The Media will be rummaging through data reports and putting their own spin on it soon to make it onto a negative event. It's great that a vast majority of children are back at school, yes, there will be positive COVID tests but so what ?? COVID isn't going anywhere, the same as flu and the common cold hasn't gone anywhere. There is never 100% attendance in any school.
29
16/03/2021 17:01:45 21 7
bbc
There is no evidence that daily infection figures are rising after one week back at school.

In fact you would have expected a rise in the figures simply because the testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases - but even that hasn't happened.
95
16/03/2021 17:36:35 4 4
bbc
Because testing is being done at schools you would expect the opposite surely?

Otherwise what is the point?

Testing at schools means not sending those with infections into schools to spread it and also ensuring that they self isolate so they don't pass it on outside school.

You would expect a fall in the figures not a rise
179
16/03/2021 18:24:12 2 1
bbc
The testing done at schools would find cases that would otherwise have been undetected, especially asymptomatic cases.
These are pre-existing cases that have been kept out of schools by the screening, thus making schools a safer environment.
77
16/03/2021 17:28:04 11 1
bbc
Maybe because it's not true? On the 28th Feb the 7 day average of reported cases was 7172.6, now it's 5689.
More importantly deaths have gone from over 200 a day to around 120 a day in that time and more than halved compared to last Tuesday today.
96
16/03/2021 17:37:15 0 2
bbc
Look at the daily numbers each day and average it since the 28th. Accept deaths didn’t comment on that. My point is for 14 days it’s been within 4-500 stagnating each day. Prior to that if stagnated around 9k for 2 weeks
124
16/03/2021 17:43:03 1 0
bbc
I am already looking at the averages and you are not correct, it has still declined in the last 2 weeks, just not as quickly as it was before.
It should be noted that the more case rates reduce the more significant false positives become and testing 1.5 million people a day, mostly with lateral flow tests with a false positive rate of around 0.1% is likely to give at least 1,000 false positives.
88
16/03/2021 17:32:38 16 3
bbc
Cases are not coming down. But tests have increased by 42%

Test more people and you get more cases. Simple!!
97
16/03/2021 17:37:17 9 0
bbc
yes, but the death rate and serious illness rate is coming down and that is what matters.
98
Pso
16/03/2021 17:37:20 1 5
bbc
Deaths are now below average for the time of year but we may have to stay in lockdown until zero deaths for any cause are achieved.
109
16/03/2021 17:39:01 2 1
bbc
Over my dead body
140
16/03/2021 17:47:40 0 0
bbc
That is no more likely than you coming up with a good idea...
205
16/03/2021 19:58:15 0 0
bbc
There will never , ever be zero deaths from covid. It will become like influenza , one of the ways old people die.
80
16/03/2021 17:29:11 11 0
bbc
As a teacher, I deliberately ensured I followed all government instructions about how we should destroy the economy.

The guidance on how to be actively disruptive did take some time to come through mind.
99
16/03/2021 17:37:20 2 10
bbc
Well teachers are institutionalised ,and far from the sharpest knives in the draw
128
16/03/2021 17:43:22 2 3
bbc
I agree. Sharpest knives out of the drawer because they are being practical, adapting to whatever the need is at the time.
160
16/03/2021 17:56:46 3 0
bbc
Check spelling and punctuation!
165
16/03/2021 17:58:26 4 0
bbc
If you can read this reply, thank a teacher...
261
17/03/2021 19:56:48 2 0
bbc
"Well teachers"? Why would a well need a teacher? And by "draw", I think you mean "drawer". Followed by a full-stop, which I've helpfully provided for you.
88
16/03/2021 17:32:38 16 3
bbc
Cases are not coming down. But tests have increased by 42%

Test more people and you get more cases. Simple!!
100
16/03/2021 17:37:33 0 5
bbc
not a true statement - as you could test more and find fewer cases, so your premise is statistically, scientifically wrong, and youre real intent misleading rubbish
206
16/03/2021 20:02:59 0 0
bbc
Wrong. Negative tests are not been reported only positive ones. More tests means you more likely to find infectious people which are counted.