Independent scientists set out a simple plan to make our schools safe

A group of scientists have set out recommendations for the government to guarantee school safety, as coronavirus (Covid-19) infections continue. Independent Sage published a guidance note that lays out several key actions for central government, Ofsted, and local government. The recommendations include ensuring rapid testing, increasing funding to allow smaller class sizes, and reviewing standardised exams. The guidance comes after repeated calls from teachers and unions to protect educators and students. Providing support Independent Sage advised that central government should provide funding for schools to use “additional spaces and staff”. This would allow the reduction of class sizes, and therefore make social distancing easier. It also recommended additional…

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Safe supplies: annual review – GOV.UK

Published 23 September 2013 Last updated 20 November 2020 + show all updates 20 November 2020Added Safe Supplies 2019: data in context. 11 September 2019Added link to the 2018 supplementary documents. 28 August 2019Added Safe supplies 2018 report. 4 March 2019Updated page with 'UK Government Web Archive' link to 2015 and 2016 reports and infographics. 3 August 2018Added Safe supplies 2017 report, supplementary data and data sources. 13 February 2018Added 'Safe supplies 2016: blood donations'. 22 September 2017Added HPR 11(33) report. 18 September 2017Added Safe supplies: A baseline for change for 2016. 13 September 2017Updated versions of 'Safe supplies: supplementary data tables and figures, 2015' (table 1.2, 1.4 and…

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Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy: Samuel Moyn on Reforming an Undemocratic Institution

As Republicans race to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prior to Election Day and cement a conservative majority on the top court for a generation or more, calls are growing for Joe Biden to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court if elected president. But Yale legal scholar Samuel Moyn argues that beyond “packing the court” and other measures commonly proposed to rebalance the Supreme Court’s ideological makeup, the institution as a whole must be weakened in order to safeguard democracy. “This country was founded on minority rule and the rejection of democracy, and the Supreme Court has long been a part…

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Making the Supreme Court Safe for Democracy: Samuel Moyn on Reforming an Undemocratic Institution

As Republicans race to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett prior to Election Day and cement a conservative majority on the top court for a generation or more, calls are growing for Joe Biden to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court if elected president. But Yale legal scholar Samuel Moyn argues that beyond “packing the court” and other measures commonly proposed to rebalance the Supreme Court’s ideological makeup, the institution as a whole must be weakened in order to safeguard democracy. “This country was founded on minority rule and the rejection of democracy, and the Supreme Court has long been a part…

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Press release: New measures to support development of safe COVID-19 vaccines for UK

Measures will allow UK-wide rollout of vaccine to save lives and bring pandemic to an end Proposals to bolster safeguards and improve access to protect the public ahead of the winter COVID-19 vaccines will only be given to UK patients if proven to be safe and effectiveA raft of measures to allow the safe future mass rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine have been outlined by the government today (Friday 28 August).The new rules and safeguards will strengthen the UKs ability to successfully deploy a UK-wide vaccination programme, which will be crucial in saving lives and bringing the current pandemic to an end.The measures include:reinforced safeguards to support the…

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