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Covid UK: No10 launches Covid ad "Don't let coffee cost your life"


The government today launched a highly competitive commercial flash from Covid warning people "don't let a coffee taste your life" as ministers warn that police will take action against people who violate the lockdown while they take massive action against them.

No10 posted two new posters tonight, one of which shows masked people queuing outside, while a caption claims roughly one in three people carries coronavirus with no symptoms.

The red and yellow ad warns, "If you get a takeaway coffee, be sure to wash your hands, cover your face and keep your distance" – before telling people to "stay home, the NHS, too." protect and save lives ".

A second poster shows a group of friends laughing together on a park bench before claiming that "catching up takes lives" and instructing the British not to "bend" the rules as signs of lockdown fatigue grow.

Police forces have identified “terrible” coronavirus violations, according to Priti Patel. Police broke up several illegal raves last night, including one on a London rooftop.

Officials in the capital are said to have been "amazed" after being told to break a party at an industrial complex in Southwark last night, where they found at least 20 revelers on top of the building.

A group of up to 100 people was also broken up by police in a Hertfordshire village where alcohol was seized. The events were deemed "totally unacceptable" by the police, who fined Covid and made multiple arrests.

When Ms. Patel appeared on ITVs this morning, she said the government has no intention of tightening the lockdown in the next few days – however, she stressed there would be stricter enforcement and said the police needed some really dire situations dissolve in which people break the rules & # 39 ;.

& # 39; It is important that we enforce these rules. Your viewers will see more cops out and about, ”she said. "The rules are clear and the majority of the UK public obey the rules."

She pointed to the enormous death toll yesterday and said most people understood the need to stop the virus from spreading. "The police will continue to impose fines and take action against people who openly break the rules," she said.

Another day of the coronavirus slaughter:

  • Sadiq Khan has complained that London is not getting its "fair share" of vaccines after a local breakdown of administration doses was released.
  • Ministers were accused of failing to protect the UK today when they finally banned flights from South America and Portugal days after a new Covid super-pollution surfaced.
  • The requirement announced last week and coming into effect tomorrow that UK arrivals tested negative within the last 72 hours has been postponed until Monday.
  • People previously infected with the coronavirus have better protection against re-infection five months later than people given the Oxford vaccine, and the same level of immunity that the Pfizer sting offers, a study by Public has Health England (PHE).
  • A total of 4.46 million people were waiting to start hospital treatment in England in late November. This was the highest value since records began.
  • B.oots and Superdrug started handing out coronavirus vaccines this morning after No10 finally turned to main drag to fulfill its promise to immunize nearly 14 million people by mid-February.

No10 released two new posters tonight, one of which shows masked people queuing outside, while a caption claims roughly one in three carries coronavirus with no symptoms and says, "Don't let coffee cost lives".

A second poster shows a group of friends laughing together on a park bench before claiming that "catching up takes lives" and instructing the British not to "bend" the rules as signs of lockdown fatigue grow.

A second poster shows a group of friends laughing together on a park bench before claiming that "catching up takes lives" and instructing the British not to "bend" the rules as signs of lockdown fatigue grow.

"Amazed" officers in the capital were called in to break up a group of 20 who were having a rooftop rave in Southwark, southeast London

It is because the UK recorded the highest Covid death toll since the pandemic began

It is because the UK recorded the highest Covid death toll since the pandemic began

Priti Patel warned police that they were ready to take action against people who break the lockdown rules when she said they saw "terrible" violations

Priti Patel warned police that they were ready to take action against people who break the lockdown rules when she said they saw "terrible" violations

PM & # 39; delays tougher lockdown for England & # 39;

England could escape tougher lockdown measures for the time being after science chief Patrick Vallance suggested current measures were "sufficient" to control the mutated strain of Covid, and Neil Ferguson pointed to a "plateau" in hospital admissions.

Boris Johnson will hold back the tightening of rules in Scotland despite rising deaths and the introduction of additional restrictions by Nicola Sturgeon as experts welcomed a "flattening" in the number of new infections.

After the UK recorded its deadliest toll to date, with 1,564 casualties, Sir Patrick warned last night that the UK is in "quite a bleak phase" as deaths will not decline for "a few weeks".

But he also noted that the drop rate with four days of weekly falls was more encouraging.

Sir Patrick said, “I think what we know now, what we didn't know a few weeks ago, was whether these kinds of restrictions would be enough to get this virus under control with the new variant? And the answer is yes, it looks like it, and things are flattening out in at least some places, not everywhere. & # 39;

Professor Ferguson – whose modeling allegedly sparked the first lockdown in March – said this morning that the rate of growth at the national level was slowing and "signs of plateau" were appearing in some NHS regions.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “In London and some other regions in the south east and east of England in particular, hospital admissions may even have plateaued, although it's hard to tell if they're going down.

"It must be said that this is not being seen everywhere – both case numbers and hospital admissions are increasing in many other areas, but overall we are seeing a slow rate of growth at the national level."

The powerful Covid O Cabinet Committee will meet today to discuss the state of play, including the signing of a travel ban from South America amid fears of an emerging super-pollution in Brazil. However, the suspension is not expected to increase in England.

Hertfordshire Police Inspector Kio Bozorgi said: “This is completely unacceptable behavior.

"With daily deaths over 1000, there is no good excuse to break lockdown rules."

The parties were illegally detained during the national lockdown, with restrictions stipulating that people must stay home to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

It is because the UK recorded the highest Covid death toll since the pandemic began.

After the UK registered another 1,564 casualties yesterday, science chef Sir Patrick warned the UK of a "pretty grim period" as deaths will not go down for "a few weeks".

In London yesterday evening officials were called to reports of loud music from disgusted rooftop residents.

Many cheered the police as they arrived to end the illegal gathering on Pages Walk in Southwark.

The officers found more than 20 people drinking, eating, and playing music, and one officer was amazed at the violations.

Two people were arrested, including one on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and one on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Another five people received fines for violating Covid restrictions before the party was fully disbanded around 11:30 p.m.

A similar event was canceled last night in Hertfordshire where officials were called to an address in South Mimms.

Up to 100 people are said to have gathered at home, which, according to the police, was rental accommodation.

The police confiscated alcohol and music equipment from the party guests, and one officer was injured while trying to break into the party, resulting in an arrest.

Covid fines were also imposed on the perpetrators who violated the Covid rules.

The meeting took place in the Hertsmere district, which is currently the second most affected area in the county. In the past week, 950 people tested positive, Hertforshire Live reports.

Troop inspector Kio Bozorgi said, “This is completely unacceptable behavior and I want to assure the community that action will be taken. The police have a range of powers, including those to enter premises to disrupt such activity.

& # 39; With daily deaths over 1000, there's no good excuse to break lockdown rules.

“We all have a duty to protect our NHS and save lives and I want to take this opportunity to remind residents to do the right thing and respect the rules.

"Further investigations will be conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident. I would remind you, however, that renting accommodation for a musical event or meeting is currently not tolerated and the tenants found responsible will be prosecuted."

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman gave details of the incident and said in a statement: “Officials received a number of reports tonight of a large gathering at an address on Blanche Lane in South Mimms.

Officials are currently on site imposing COVID fines. Music equipment and alcohol were confiscated and a dissemination order was issued in accordance with Section 35.

Shoppers at Asda in Cape Hill, Smethwick, yesterday. People do not need to wear masks if they are covered by an exemption in the rules

People don't have to wear masks when they have an exception under the rules

A seven-minute video recorded yesterday at Asda in Cape Hill, Smethwick, featured at least 16 people not wearing masks – although people are not required to wear them if they have an exception under the rules

In London yesterday evening officials were called to reports of loud music from disgusted rooftop residents

In London yesterday evening officials were called to reports of loud music from disgusted rooftop residents

The officers found more than 20 people drinking, eating, and playing music, and one officer was amazed at the violations

The officers found more than 20 people drinking, eating, and playing music, and one officer was amazed at the violations

Two people were arrested, including one on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and one on suspicion of drug trafficking

Two people were arrested, including one on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon and one on suspicion of drug trafficking

Police broke up a gathering of up to 100 people on Blanche Lane in the village of South Mimms in Hertfordshire last night

Police broke up a gathering of up to 100 people on Blanche Lane in the village of South Mimms in Hertfordshire last night

"Outraged" couple hit back on "ridiculous" police officers who fined them £ 60 for visiting their wife's mother at the Welsh nursing home after police canceled their sentence

A couple have repulsed a police officer who fined £ 60 for visiting the woman's mother at a Welsh nursing home after police canceled her sentence.

Carol Richards, 68, and her husband David, 66, from Bridgend traveled 10 miles to visit Decima Minhinnick, a dementia patient, at the Picton Court Care Home.

They were reprimanded by the police on the way back, despite having been given permission to see Ms. Minhinnick and given a £ 60 fine.

The South Wales Police have overturned the fine after reviewing the incident following a public backlash over the growing war against defeat pilots.

When Ms. Richards spoke this morning, she described the incident as "ridiculous" and added that she felt "really upset" and "outraged".

Carol Richards & # 39; mother, Decima Minhinnick, pictured at her 90th birthday party. Mrs. Richards and her husband David traveled 10 miles to visit them at the Picton Court Care Home

Carol Richards & # 39; mother, Decima Minhinnick, pictured at her 90th birthday party. Mrs. Richards and her husband David traveled 10 miles to visit them at the Picton Court Care Home

Regarding the policewoman, she told ITV's Good Morning Britain, “I think she basically said it was a non-essential visit.

"But I kind of said, 'We went to see my mother, we were out in a parking lot and I waved her through the window" and she said,' Well, we'd all like to wave our mothers through the window ' .

& # 39; I thought my gosh this is a bit ridiculous, I said & # 39; look, she has vascular dementia, she lives in a nursing home, i was outside, nobody and was around and i just waved to her. & # 39;

"But she wasn't engaged to me, she just ordered me and I felt really upset and outraged too."

In a tweet released yesterday, South Wales Police said: “The Porthcawl Police have issued a fixed sentence to a man who traveled from his home in Penyfai to visit a relative on Sunday 10 January.

“The circumstances of the trip and the issuance of the fine have since been reviewed and the notice canceled. The person concerned has been notified.

"One person was also arrested after an officer was injured in handling the incident."

Regarding the London event, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The police were called on Wednesday, January 13 at around 10:25 pm to report on a group of people gathering at a location in Pages Walk, SE1 had. Officers participated.

Several people were found in a unit in an industrial area.

& # 39; A small number of people were on the roof.

& # 39; Five people have been fined for violating Covid regulations.

Two people were arrested – one on suspicion of possession of an assault weapon and one on suspicion of disability and possession with the intention of delivering Class A and B drugs.

& # 39; Both have been taken into custody. The rest of those present were distributed around 11:30 p.m. & # 39;

In another sign of concern about people's behavior, access to a Norfolk beauty spot has been restricted.

The coastal car park and access road at Horsey, a popular seal-watching spot, has been closed to keep visitors away.

Five people from Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Essex were fined last week for violating lockdown rules.

Robin Buxton of Horsey Estate said: "We are all working to keep people safe. After talking to the police and council, we are happy to close the parking lot to prevent people from visiting."

Despite her strict enforcement, Ms. Patel appeared confused about the coronavirus rules during her interview with This Morning when she emphasized the importance of exercising on your own.

The instructions make it clear that in England someone can exercise outdoors with someone from another household.

When asked about the rules, Ms. Patel told ITV's This Morning, "The clarity is on its own and not socializing."

She added, “The point to be doing in any exercise – yes, it should be local, people train differently.

"But exercise alone and don't use it for a social gathering."

She said, "Biking is okay because you are alone and you shouldn't ride a bike with other people."

Ms. Patel continued, "Run, just like because you are alone and you walk alone."

England could escape tougher lockdown measures for the time being after science chief Patrick Vallance suggested current measures were "sufficient" to control the mutated strain of Covid, and Neil Ferguson pointed to a "plateau" in hospital admissions.

Mr Johnson will hold back the tightening of regulations in Scotland despite rising deaths and the introduction of additional restrictions by Nicola Sturgeon as experts welcomed a "flattening" in the number of new infections.

After the UK recorded its deadliest toll to date, with 1,564 casualties, Sir Patrick warned last night that the UK is in "quite a bleak phase" as deaths will not decline for "a few weeks".

But he also noted that the drop rate with four days of weekly falls was more encouraging.

Sir Patrick said, “I think what we know now, what we didn't know a few weeks ago, was whether these kinds of restrictions would be enough to get this virus under control with the new variant? And the answer is, yes, it looks like this, and things are flattening out in at least some places, not everywhere. & # 39;

Professor Ferguson – whose modeling allegedly sparked the first lockdown in March – said this morning that the rate of growth at the national level was slowing and "signs of plateau" were appearing in some NHS regions.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “In London and some other regions in the southeast and east of England in particular, hospital admissions may even have plateaued, although it's hard to tell if they're going down.

"It has to be said that this is not being seen everywhere – both case numbers and hospital admissions are increasing in many other areas, but overall we are seeing a slow rate of growth at the national level."

Ministers accused of putting the UK at risk by delaying border regulations

Ministers have been accused of causing "total chaos" and putting the UK at "serious risk" today as new rules requiring arrivals to test negative for coronavirus have been delayed.

The border rules were announced last week and should take effect tomorrow. Travelers must have been screened within the last 72 hours.

However, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps announced late that night that it would be postponed until Monday to give people "time to prepare" – although he did manage to tweet an emoji indicating the date was Jan. January instead of January 18.

MEPs expressed anger at the mess, which means thousands of people come to the UK without checks and others have unnecessarily spent money on tests.

Confusion heightened when Nicola Sturgeon's deputy insisted that Scotland put the rules in place before the deadline.

In the meantime, ministers today will consider banning flights and visitors altogether across South America in an attempt to combat a worrying new variant of Brazil. This would reflect the tightened restrictions put in place for South Africa due to its mutated Covid.

The powerful Covid O Cabinet Committee will meet today to discuss the state of play, including the signing of a travel ban from South America amid fears of an emerging super-pollution in Brazil. However, the suspension is not expected to increase in England.

Priti Patel said this morning that "today or tomorrow" the government is not putting new restrictions on social distancing.

In a series of appearances yesterday, Mr Johnson refused to rule out additional action but welcomed "early" signs that the coronavirus is back under control.

The Prime Minister insisted that measures in England be "constantly reviewed" as Labor wanted to know why they were looser than last spring despite higher cases.

He warned that the NHS is at "significant risk" of being flooded and the "only way" to protect it is to abide by the "current rules".

Despite the rising death toll, Mr Johnson was particularly optimistic about the looming effects of the restrictions.

He said the country is "now beginning to see the signs of some signs" that the move is having an impact in parts of the country, but stressed that it was "early days" and urged people to "maintain their discipline" .

MailOnline analysis suggests that the outbreak in England may have slowed before the blanket lockdown on Jan. 4, and infection numbers in the hardest hit regions peaked earlier in the year. In parts of the country that saw the worst outbreaks in the first week of 2021 – London, the southeast and east of England – the tide appears to have turned. Since then, cases have decreased.

Coronavirus hospital admissions have also declined in London and the South East, although the number of patients in the wards is still rising after surpassing the peaks measured in the first wave.

Ms. Patel said earlier this week that a minority of the public would be "endangering the health of the nation" as they supported a tougher police approach to lockdown rules.

At a press conference on Downing Street Tuesday, she said officials are quicker to impose fines when people are clearly violating coronavirus regulations. Almost 45,000 fixed criminal charges have been issued across the UK since March.

National Police Chiefs Council chairman Martin Hewitt said more officers will be on special patrols to crack down on rule violations.

He gave examples of recent violations, including another party in Hertfordahire where more than 40 people paid £ 30 each for a ticket to a boat party.

A minibus full of people from different households was also caught walking from Cheltenham to Wales.

Home Improvement Classes: Angry parents claim teachers only use Zoom to register and read stories or send links to recorded lessons, with some resorting to hiring nannies to help them try WFH

Angry parents have attended online classes for children who work from home. Some claim teachers only keep the register and read stories on Zoom.

The outcry comes after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson admitted yesterday that children could stay home until after the February halftime.

Mr Williamson stressed that he wanted "schools to be closed for the shortest time available" but warned that classrooms in "special needs areas" could continue to close – even after the lockdown is gradually eased.

His comments met with appalled parents who criticized the standard of education their children receive online.

Some said they were forced to teach their children on their own even though they also worked from home.

Others revealed their children's teachers appearing over Zoom to take classes while the teaching assistants teach the children of the key workers who are still in school.

One parent who has three children, including a daughter aged ten and two sons aged five and three, told MailOnline, “The class for my five year old is a joke. The teacher only arranges a 15 minute phone call in the morning where he just goes through the register and a 15 minute story in the afternoon.

“My daughter may be more focused because of her age, but the teacher only speaks to them directly for 15 minutes in the morning and then for 15 minutes in the afternoon. It feels like they can just do what they want and don't care how that affects parents and children. & # 39;

Mariam Jasat

Mariam Jasat

Another parent, Mariam Jasat, told MailOnline: “I currently work full time from home and have four boys. One in kindergarten and three at home. It's hell! & # 39;

Parents have demonstrated the quality of the online education their children received during the lockdown. One parent who wanted to remain anonymous said his daughter would be given a registry before being left alone

Parents have demonstrated the quality of online education their children received during the lockdown. One parent who wanted to remain anonymous said his daughter would be given a registry before being left alone

Mother Zoe Brunswick said she had to hire a nanny to support her children so that she and her husband could keep working

Mother Zoe Brunswick said she needed to hire a nanny to support her children so that she and her husband could keep working too

Zoe Brunswick said she needed to have a nanny to support her children: “We have two young children, one age 5 and one age 9. My eldest has additional study needs following a recently diagnosed diagnosis of Autism and ADHD. I am the HR director of a multinational company with over 5500 employees. My husband is a director and sole employee of his own company, which is why he has to be there.

“We are not classified as key workers, so we do not have access to school and had to hire a part-time nanny (at our own expense) to meet the schoolwork requirements.

"Our youngest cannot read and must therefore be supervised in all tasks. Our oldest needs support to stay focused. Either we both fall behind or try to find a solution with which we can continue our demanding tasks." It's a no-win situation. "

Ein anderer Elternteil fügte hinzu: "Ich möchte wirklich wissen, wie erwartet wird, dass wir auch unterrichten. Unser Kind ist 7 Jahre alt. Wir erhalten ein Word-Dokument mit viel Schularbeit und Links zu einigen aufgezeichneten 15-minütigen „Lektionen“.

„Das ist die Summe dessen, was uns und unserem Kind angeboten wird. Es liegt dann an uns, die Lektionen zu unterrichten, Fragen zu beantworten, Gesprächsaufgaben zu übernehmen, zu motivieren und zu fördern – gegen Arbeitsfristen und Back-to-Back-Anrufe.

„Kein Kind in diesem Alter kann sich selbst unterrichten, und es gibt keine Interaktion mit dem Lehrer, außer dass es Kommentare von der Arbeit zurückbekommt, die am Tag zuvor eingereicht wurde. Es gibt keine Gelegenheit zu diskutieren, Fragen zu stellen oder Unterstützung zu suchen. Ein Motiv wird in 15 Minuten abgespielt (wenn wir Glück haben) und das wars. Was passiert, wenn sie nicht verstehen? Wenn die Kommentare am nächsten Tag zurückkommen, ist die 15-minütige Lektion vergessen.

'Es ist lächerlich, dass irgendjemand denken würde, dass dies sowieso akzeptabel ist.

„Der Stress von allem – für Familie, Arbeit und Schule – ist verheerend. Und es wird nichts unternommen – und schlimmer noch, diese Situation wird überhaupt nicht erkannt. Berufstätige Eltern wurden verlassen. & # 39;

Mutter Caroline Irving sagte: „Ich habe Probleme, zu Hause ganztägig zu arbeiten, während ich mein Kind im achten Jahr beaufsichtige. Sie haben ständige Fragen zu Arbeit und Anforderungen, und es ist sehr stressig, auch nicht 100% geben zu können.

„Wir müssen uns dafür einsetzen, dass alle Schulen nach dem halben Semester geöffnet werden. Unsere Kinder werden so sehr vermisst. Es geht nicht nur ums Lernen. Es sind ihre Freunde, Sport, Vereine, Schulmahlzeiten und Prüfungen.

'Es kann schwierig sein, sich in die Videokurse einzufügen. Das Mittagessen ist um 12.40 Uhr und ich habe oft keine Zeit, mich selbst zu essen, da ich das Mittagessen meines Kindes vorbereite und um 13 Uhr einen Zoom-Anruf haben könnte. & # 39;

Ein anderer Elternteil sagte: „Ich möchte darauf hinweisen, dass die Grundschule, die meine Kinder besuchen, jeden Tag eine E-Mail an uns als berufstätige Eltern sendet, mit der Arbeit, dass wir unsere zwei Kinder im Alter von sieben und acht Jahren unterrichten sollen.

Mutter Caroline Irving sagte: "Ich habe Probleme, zu Hause ganztägig zu arbeiten, während ich mein Kind im 8. Jahr beaufsichtige. Sie haben ständige Fragen zu Arbeit und Anforderungen, und es ist sehr stressig, nicht 100% geben zu können."

Mutter Caroline Irving sagte: "Ich habe Probleme, zu Hause ganztägig zu arbeiten, während ich mein Kind im 8. Jahr beaufsichtige. Sie haben ständige Fragen zu Arbeit und Anforderungen, und es ist sehr stressig, nicht 100% geben zu können."

Die Eltern sprachen über ihre Bemühungen, ihre eigene Arbeit aufrechtzuerhalten und gleichzeitig ihren Kindern zu helfen

Die Eltern sprachen über ihre Bemühungen, ihre eigene Arbeit aufrechtzuerhalten und gleichzeitig ihren Kindern zu helfen

„Die Schule stuft dies als Fernunterricht ein. Bei der ersten Sperrung tat die Schule dasselbe und machte sich in einem Zeitraum von vier Monaten nie die Mühe, unsere Kinder anzurufen, um zu sehen, ob sie in Ordnung waren.

„Sie haben in dieser Zeit zu keinem Zeitpunkt darum gebeten, die abgeschlossenen Arbeiten zu sehen. Bei der Frage nach Zoom-Lektionen wurde uns mitgeteilt, dass es Schutzprobleme gibt.

„Gehen Sie neun Monate weiter und sperren Sie drei, und wir haben die gleiche Situation. E-Mails fordern uns als Eltern auf, den Unterricht zu erteilen. Diesmal bitten sie jedoch zumindest um den Nachweis, dass die Arbeiten abgeschlossen sind.

"Immer noch kein Zoomunterricht und keine direkte Kommunikation der Lehrer."

Mutter Mariam Jasat fügte hinzu: „Ich arbeite zurzeit ganztägig von zu Hause aus und habe vier Jungen. Einer im Kindergarten und drei zu Hause unterrichtet. Es ist die Hölle! & # 39;

'Das Hauptproblem ist, dass die Jungs vier Teamanrufe pro Tag haben. Zum Glück haben alle ihr eigenes Gerät, bleiben aber oft stecken oder können nicht telefonieren oder haben technische Probleme. Ich habe oft hintereinander Anrufe, viele, bei denen meine Kamera eingeschaltet ist, und sie rennen entweder in den Raum, in dem ich um Hilfe bitte, oder schweben in der Nähe meines Schreibtisches, was nicht ideal ist.

"Es ist eine große Herausforderung, zu arbeiten und mich auf meine Aufgaben zu konzentrieren, während ich gleichzeitig überprüfe, ob die Jungs mit ihrer Arbeit weitermachen und sie verstehen und nicht so tun, als würden sie arbeiten und tatsächlich dort sitzen und Spiele spielen!"

'Als die Kindergärten geschlossen waren, hatte ich einen Anruf und mein 4-jähriger rannte in den Raum und rief "Ich brauche einen Kot"! Zum Glück war ich stumm! & # 39;

Ein anderer Elternteil schlug an Schulen zu und zwang die Lehrassistenten, die Kinder der Schlüsselkräfte zu unterrichten, während die Lehrer von Zoom aus arbeiten.

Gavin Williamson schlug heute vor, dass Schulen in Hotspot-Gebieten über die Februar-Halbzeit hinaus geschlossen bleiben könnten

Gavin Williamson today suggested that schools in hotspot areas could remain closed beyond the February half-term

They said: 'Parents at my local academy Primary school are being conned. All lessons in school are being taught by classroom assistants (TA's).

'A teacher in school who has been providing online lessons (in an empty classroom), then dismisses the class at the end of the day so the parents believe the children have been taught by them instead of the TA.

'The TA's are stressed teaching whilst the teachers are mainly able to work from home. In normal times teachers would plan in PPA time or in their own time, but they are able to do this at home during the teaching day. It seems very unfair on both the children and the teaching assistants.

'The TA's are also teaching vulnerable children as well as Key Worker children. These children are vulnerable for a reason often not disclosed to the TA's.

'Most teachers have a degree and further qualifications often taking 4years but TA's have not had such in depth training and are now being pushed to their limits by both the demands of the curriculum and some of the children in school. Academies in particular use them as teachers as they are much cheaper than a fully qualified experienced teacher.

'Teachers who have their own children being educated either at home online or in school are particularly concerned by what is occurring in academies at the moment.'

Kirsty Brotherthon said:'My 7 year old son who loves attending school is struggling with home online learning. We are currently using the 'SeeSaw' app and it is proving difficult to use as the app is intermittent.

'Personally, my son finds it easier using a pen and paper, the app is so hard for a 7 year old to use. I also don't think the work provided is up to scratch. He has started making excuses up and true everything in his power to get out of home learning.

'It is also seriously effecting his mental health and behaviour. He is usually such a happy child, but due to him not attending school, this is now not the case.

'I am deeply concerned and pray for the schools to open soon.'

The Government is hoping a majority of pupils will be able to return to classrooms soon after the first review of the national lockdown on February 15.

MPs on the Education Select Committee yesterday also demanded a guarantee 'signed in blood' from Mr Williamson that schools will reopen as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Education Secretary also declined to guarantee that nurseries will continue to be allowed to open as he would only go so far as to say he had 'no intention' to close them.

The Government used a so-called contingency framework before lockdown which allowed ministers to move primary schools in coronavirus hotspots to remote learning.

Mr Williamson said the framework will be used again when lockdown is eased in an apparent admission that some schools could remain shut potentially long into the future.

He told MPs: 'We already have the sort of set scheme in terms of contingency framework.

'Obviously as I have said many times before I want schools to be closed for the shortest period of time available.

'But the contingency framework would be sort of sat there to sort of continue if there (are) areas of particular need where we had to have school settings continued to remain closed, it would be through the contingency framework that they would remain closed.'

Robert Halfon, the Tory chairman of the committee, said he wanted a commitment to reopen schools as soon as possible, and ideally after the February half-term, 'signed in blood' by Mr Williamson.

Mr Halfon also pushed the Education Secretary on whether nurseries in England will be allowed to stay open.

Mr Williamson said: 'Nurseries, we always, Mr Chairman, I am very much like you, I always want to see all education settings open all of the time.

'I always want to ensure that every child is in a position to be able to go to school and as you will be aware, transmissibility among those who are most youngest is actually the very lowest compared to all of the settings.

'So when you are in a position to be able to keep part of the education sector in terms of early years, I believe it was the right decision to make because so many families really rely on that nursery provision.

'But most importantly, those early years are so important…'

Mr Halfon then interrupted and pushed Mr Williamson for a guarantee that nurseries will be allowed to stay open.

Mr Williamson replied: 'The advice that we have had is that we can keep early years settings open and there is no intention to close them and we have not received any contrary advice to that.'

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