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Stunned 11-year-olds listen with stony faces while the Prime Minister bizarrely insists that Harry Potter is not sexist.


Boris Johnson told confused school children that it was politically acceptable to sing Rule Britannia and decided Harry Potter was not sexist when he told them the importance of getting back to the classrooms today.

The maskless Prime Minister made the rambling remarks when he turned to a room full of 7th grade students in a Leicestershire school as he pushed ahead with his plan to get all the kids back for the fall semester next week.

In a less than seven-minute speech, he apologized for the results of the A-Level and GCSE exams, which were influenced by a "mutant algorithm" that forced an embarrassing U-turn by the government last week.

He was at Castle Rock School in Coalville, an academy school where teens began today to familiarize themselves with coronavirus safety precautions before class starting next week.

Mr. Johnson's comments on Harry Potter came after his billionaire writer JK Rowling was shrouded in a dispute over transgender rights earlier this year, even though the books didn't attract popular claims of sexism.

He said to the students: “From now on, after your return to school, the hours, days and weeks of this new semester, you will experience things with an intensity and clarity, believe me, that are seldom repeated in your life.

“You will remember those days, weeks and months, you really really will.

“What if you're struggling with something in the classroom or whatever, a concept you can't get, like the back trunk of confetti or nuclear fusion, or is Harry Potter sexist? Answer: No, by the way. Is it politically acceptable to sing Rule Britannia? Yes …

“When you struggle with complex questions or are concerned, someone, most likely a teacher, a brilliant teacher, will say something and a light will come on, the clouds will lift and you will never forget that moment.

& # 39; This moment is absolutely irreplaceable. It's priceless and can only happen in school. & # 39;

In a long speech that lasted less than seven minutes, Mr. Johnson apologized for the results of the A-Level and GCSE exams, which were influenced by a "mutant algorithm" that forced an embarrassing U-turn by the government last week.

Mr. Johnson's comments on Harry Potter come after his billionaire writer JK Rowling was enveloped in a dispute over transgender rights earlier this year, even though the books didn't attract popular claims of sexism

Mr. Johnson's comments on Harry Potter come after his billionaire writer JK Rowling was enveloped in a dispute over transgender rights earlier this year, even though the books didn't attract popular claims of sexism

JK Rowling faced militant trans activists

JK Rowling has been the target of vicious attacks by trans activists for advocating women's rights.

The 54-year-old author was hit by what she described as "relentless attacks" after she published an online article in June on "People Who Menstruate".

She tweeted to her 14.5 million followers, “I'm sure there used to be a word for these people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? & # 39;

Her remarks also sparked backlash from stars like Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the series' movie franchise, and Eddie Redmayne, who starred in Ms Rowling's Fantastic Beasts films.

Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, also criticized Ms. Rowling in a number of tweets.

But she stood by her tweet when she later insisted, “If sex isn't real, there is no same-sex attraction.

“When sex is not real, the lived reality of women around the world is erased. I know and love trans people, but deleting the concept of sex deprives many of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives. It is not hate to tell the truth. & # 39;

She insisted that she "respect the right of every transperson to live in a way that they find authentic and comfortable".

But hideous online attacks prompted the Scottish woman, believed to be a billionaire, to reveal that she was sexually assaulted in her 20s.

She shared the scars of domestic violence from her first marriage to the Portuguese journalist student Jorge Arantas.

Ms. Rowling made her amazing revelations and described herself as a "Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivor" in a 3,663 word essay posted on her personal website.

The Scottish writer revealed that she was sexually assaulted in her twenties and shared her domestic violence scars from her first marriage when she spoke out after being accused of transphobia.

The 54-year-old author was hit by what she described as "relentless attacks" after reading an online article "People Who Menstruate".

She tweeted to her 14.5 million followers in June, “I'm sure there used to be a word for these people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? & # 39;

Her remarks also sparked backlash from stars like Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the series' movie franchise, and Eddie Redmayne, who starred in Ms Rowling's Fantastic Beasts films.

Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films, also criticized Ms. Rowling in a number of tweets.

The Prime Minister today thanked the students for their efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, saying, "We have the deaths low, we have the hospital admissions low, and it is thanks to you and your victim that the NHS is protecting and literally saved tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of lives.

"No previous generation of students has ever done anything like this."

Now he said: "The risk to your health does not come from Covid, because statistically, your chances of suffering from this disease are very, very small."

"The biggest risk you face now is not going to school."

Regarding the recent exam fiasco, he added, “I'm afraid your grades have almost been derailed by a mutated algorithm.

“I know how stressful this must have been for students across the country.

"I'm very, very happy that it was finally resolved."

But Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, accused the prime minister of trying to pull away the A-Level and GCSE results.

He said: “It is bold on the Prime Minister to idly shake off a disaster caused by his own government. Parents, students, teachers, and principals will be appalled when the leader of this country treats his own exam fiasco like a minor fad.

& # 39; The public will not easily forget the emotional roller coaster of this year's earnings season. It is certain that this will seriously damage the government's reputation for education. "

He was at Castle Rock School in Coalville, an academy school where students began induction and induction starting next week before class today

He was at Castle Rock School in Coalville, an academy school where students began induction and induction starting next week before class today

He told the students: "From now on, after returning to school, during the hours, days and weeks of this new semester, you will experience things with an intensity and clarity, believe me, that are seldom repeated in your life."

He told the students: "From now on, after returning to school, during the hours, days and weeks of this new semester, you will experience things with an intensity and clarity, believe me, that are seldom repeated in your life."

Teachers have warned the prime minister that his face masks could wreak havoc in schools as there are fears that students will harass each other for their choice of cover.

The government announced yesterday evening that face masks would be mandatory in the common areas of secondary schools in parts of England that are subject to local lockdowns.

Boris Johnson fires Head of Education Jonathan Slater

Jonathan Slater will step down on September 1st, announced today

Jonathan Slater will step down on September 1st, announced today

Boris Johnson today fired the top officer in the Department of Education, saying "new official leadership" is needed following the A-level and GCSE exam fiasco.

Jonathan Slater has effectively been removed from his post and will be leaving on September 1, announced today, 24 hours after Ofqual managing director Sally Collier resigned after the U-turn.

This means that of the top people overseeing grading for exams not taken for coronavirus, only Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson remains in his post, despite having been asked to leave on multiple occasions.

Boris Johnson has resisted pressure to get rid of his awkward minister, suggesting that the former chief whip who campaigned for the leadership "knows where the bodies are buried".

The decision as to whether masks should be worn in schools outside the restricted area is left to the individual headmasters.

The change in policy came after days of Minister and Downing Street insisting there were no plans to change guidelines in England as masks were not required if all other hygiene measures were followed.

But Mr Johnson's hand seemed forced after Nicola Sturgeon said that secondary school students in Scotland must wear a mask between lessons.

The time of the U-turn has caused trouble – schools in England are slated to reopen next week – and teachers warn that wearing masks could lead to "chaos".

The prime minister has been accused of assuming personal responsibility for the exams fiasco after firing senior officials at the Education Department and attributing the debacle to a "mutated algorithm".

The Prime Minister acknowledged the stress caused by the situation which eventually led to a U-turn with A-Level and GCSE grades in England, which were given based on teacher ratings rather than the algorithm.

The Ministry of Education announced that Permanent Secretary Jonathan Slater would resign because "the Prime Minister has concluded that new official leadership is needed".

The announcement came one day after Sally Collier stepped down from her role as head of the Ofqual Examination Authority.

Jonathan Slater has effectively been removed from his post and will be leaving on September 1, announced today, 24 hours after Ofqual managing director Sally Collier resigned after the U-turn.

This means that of the top people overseeing grading for exams not taken for coronavirus, only Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson remains in his post, despite having been asked to leave on multiple occasions.

Boris Johnson has resisted pressure to get rid of his awkward minister, suggesting that the former chief whip who campaigned for the leadership "knows where the bodies are buried".

In a three paragraph statement posted online today, a cabinet spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has concluded that new official leadership is needed in the Ministry of Education.

Thanking the students today for their efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Prime Minister said, "We have the deaths low, we have the hospital admissions low and it is thanks to you and your victim that we do." they have protected the NHS and literally saved tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of lives. & # 39;

Thanking the students today for their efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Prime Minister said, "We have the deaths low, we have the hospital admissions low and it is thanks to you and your victim that we do." they have protected the NHS and literally saved tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of lives. & # 39;

The government announced yesterday evening that face masks would be mandatory in the common areas of secondary schools in parts of England that are subject to local lockdowns

The government announced yesterday evening that face masks would be mandatory in the common areas of secondary schools in parts of England that are subject to local lockdowns

Jonathan Slater has therefore agreed to step down on September 1, before his term ends in spring 2021.

Susan Acland-Hood, currently Interim Second Permanent Secretary, will take over as Acting Permanent Secretary. A permanent successor to succeed Jonathan Slater will be appointed in the coming weeks. & # 39;

Mr. Slater is the youngest senior civil servant to be dismissed by the Johnson administration.

Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill resigns, as does Simon McDonald from the Foreign Office. And Philip Rutnam stepped down in a bullying series with Priti Patel in February.

Kate Green, secretary for shadow formation, said: "Under this administration, officials have been overthrown for the incompetence and failure of ministers."

Dave Penman, chairman of the FDA union, which represents senior officials, said, "If it wasn't clear before, it is safe now – this administration is going to toss public service officials under a bus without hesitation, the ministers to protect from any kind of accountability. & # 39;

Relations between Number 10 and Whitehall were strained and Mr Johnson's senior advisor Dominic Cummings supported a profound restructuring of the public service.

Mr Penman said, "After this government has continued to give anonymous briefings to the press, trust between ministers and officials is already at an all-time low and this will only damage it further."

Early students return to class in the locked Leicester without a mask – after the government U-turn made them mandatory in public areas, they returned the money to the heads over the students who wore them to class

By Emer Scully for MailOnline

The first students have returned to class in locked Leicester without a mask – after a government U-turn made them mandatory in public areas.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by Labor of giving the money after an announcement made Tuesday evening.

Individual principals must decide whether or not to require face-covering in school corridors in non-enclosed areas of England.

Liam Powell, principal at Manor High School in Oadby, Leicestershire, said he had decided to allow the voluntary wear of masks.

At Manor High, which employs 900 students, Mr Powell ran a school that was originally part of the Leicester local lockdown before the borough of Oadby and Wigston – on the city limits – was removed during an easing of measures.

Had it stayed within the exclusion zone, face covering for its students in corridors and common areas would be mandatory under the government's new guidelines.

A Manor High School student aged 7-11 returns to school in Oadby, Leicestershire, today. The school has adopted a voluntary face mask policy

A Manor High School student aged 7-11 returns to school in Oadby, Leicestershire, today. The school has adopted a voluntary face mask policy

Liam Powell, principal at Manor High School in Oadby, Leicestershire, said he had decided to allow voluntary mask wear, which turned out to be national policy as of last night. In the picture, students in the class at Manor High

Liam Powell, principal at Manor High School in Oadby, Leicestershire, said he had decided to allow voluntary mask wear, which turned out to be national policy as of last night. In the picture, students in the class at Manor High

Schools across Leicestershire, including locked Leicester, are declining ahead of most schools in England this week. They traditionally part a week before for the summer.

During a visit to a Leicester school, the Prime Minister said in coronavirus hotspot areas that in tight areas outside of the classroom it probably makes sense to use face covering in the corridor and elsewhere.

But he said wearing masks in the classroom was "nonsensical," the BBC reported.

Manor High's catchment area means many of the children's parents are medical professionals who work in the town's three hospitals. Leicester Royal, Leicester General and Glenfield.

Many children wore masks to collect GCSE results and again for their first day of their new term.

7th grade students are back at school in Leicester. Schools across Leicestershire, including locked Leicester, are falling this week ahead of most schools in England as they traditionally split up for the summer a week before

7th grade students are back at school in Leicester. Schools across Leicestershire, including locked Leicester, are falling this week ahead of most schools in England as they traditionally split up for the summer a week before

Mr Powell (pictured) said the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic means he and other education leaders need to predict what changes may come and be done with a "Plan B".

Mr Powell (pictured) said the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic means he and other education leaders need to predict what changes may come and be done with a "Plan B".

Mr. Powell said of his students who chose to wear masks to school, “We had to have an answer to that. One possibility was to say, "Don't wear a mask, we forbid it"; Another said, "It's compulsory, you have to wear it."

"A third was to say," Actually we are compliant, we will give you the opportunity to do so. "In fact, it turned out to be a national policy as of last night."

What are the rules for face masks in UK schools?

How is the situation in England?

High school students and staff in local restricted areas must wear face masks in common areas.

This does not apply to classrooms and does not apply to elementary school age students.

In all other parts of the country, it is up to school principals to decide whether masks are required.

Which parts of the country are subject to the mandatory face mask rule?

Any part of the country that is defined as an area of ​​national government intervention.

As of Tuesday evening, there were local restrictions in the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Leicester, Luton and Northampton areas.

What are the rules in Scotland?

The Scottish Government announced yesterday that from August 31st, staff and students should wear face covers when moving around secondary schools. The rules also apply to school transport for primary school students aged five and over.

What about Wales and Northern Ireland?

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said yesterday that a decision on school children wearing face covers is likely to be made today, but current guidance says masks are not recommended.

In Northern Ireland, after elementary school students are asked to wear face covers in corridors and other common areas, Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir said.

The change in policy came after Ministers' Days, and Downing Street insisted that there were no plans to adjust the guidelines in England. It was said that masks were not required if all other hygiene measures were followed.

But Mr Johnson's hand seemed forced after Nicola Sturgeon said that secondary school students in Scotland must wear a mask between lessons.

The Northern Ireland government will also recommend wearing masks between classes, while Wales has left the decision to the headmasters.

The time of the U-turn has caused trouble – schools in England are slated to reopen next week – and teachers warn that wearing masks could lead to "chaos".

They cited concerns about increased bullying, students wearing dirty reused masks, and the difficulty of challenging bad behavior in corridors as it may be unclear which children are responsible.

The teachers also said they were "dizzy from all the U-turns that happened this summer".

Mr Powell said the ever-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic means he and other education leaders will need to predict what changes might come to deal with a "Plan B".

He added, “I read the Foreign Minister's announcement and he quoted and responded to what the World Health Organization (WHO) said about masks.

“We had looked beyond the horizon to see what was happening in France and Germany, and closer to home, what was happening in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

"So it seemed like a natural conclusion that England could go in the same direction."

Mr Powell said he did not feel "isolated" from government advice, but that more communication between all levels of government and the teaching profession "makes us all more responsive".

The headmaster, whose 7th and 11th grade cohorts returned to class on Tuesday, spoke amid criticism from some teachers and headmasters unions for the government's advice on face-covering.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said ministers were following "the best of scientific and medical advice," adding that it was not necessary for face-covering to be mandatory in all schools across the country.

In a message to members of the school leaders' union, NAHT, General Secretary Paul Whiteman said it would be "prudent" if masks were to become more widely used.

The headmaster, whose 7th and 11th grade cohorts returned to class on Tuesday, spoke amid criticism from some teachers and headmasters unions for the government's advice on face-covering. In the picture the students of the school during the break

The headmaster, whose 7th and 11th grade cohorts returned to class on Tuesday, spoke amid criticism from some teachers and headmasters unions for the government's advice on face-covering. In the picture the pupils of the school during the break

Manor High's catchment area means many of the children's parents are medical professionals who work in the town's three hospitals. Leicester Royal, Leicester General and Glenfield

Manor High's catchment area means many of the children's parents are medical professionals who work in the town's three hospitals. Leicester Royal, Leicester General and Glenfield

Many children showed up to collect GCSE results or for their first day wearing masks

Many children showed up to collect GCSE results or for their first day wearing masks

Mr Powell said he did not feel "isolated" with government advice that was "frequently" emailed to him.

The exchange of ideas generated by a local peer group of school principals also helped. This triggered a move to full-day, one-on-one teaching, which meant that students had less to move between classrooms.

The school has also introduced hand sanitizer and a disposable system.

With some compassion for national and local government officials, Mr. Powell added, “It has been a summer of great change. But I think in each case the right thing was done.

"And I understand that it is not always possible to plan ahead as you would like."

When asked whether the government could provide better support for schools or provide timely advice on issues such as face-covering policies, he said, "I think there is a balancing act."

Mr Powell said he did not feel "isolated" from government advice, but that more communication between all levels of government and the teaching profession "makes us all more responsive".

Mr Powell said he did not feel "isolated" from government advice, but that more communication between all levels of government and the teaching profession "makes us all more responsive".

The exchange of ideas generated by a local peer group of school principals also helped. This triggered a move to full-day, one-on-one teaching, which meant that students had less to move between classrooms. In the picture, one student is wearing a mask, another is not

The exchange of ideas generated by a local peer group of school principals also helped. This triggered a move to full-day, one-on-one teaching, which meant that students had less to move between classrooms. In the picture, one student is wearing a mask, another is not

He added that "the whole system works best in a national, global emergency – a pandemic – when all professionals speak to one another."

"I think it's really important that government – local, national – and the profession have an ongoing dialogue," he said.

“Because things have changed quickly on the ground and there are things that we need to report back to.

"Things change in real time." He added that constant communication "makes us all more responsive".

Mr Powell said centralized decision-making only helped so much that adding "local needs" would be key for schools to respond quickly to conditions in their areas.

He said, “It is useful to have this advice centralized, but to be free to respond to whatever is right for our local environment.

Mr Powell said he did not feel "isolated" with government advice that was "frequently" emailed to him. In the picture his students in class

Mr Powell said he did not feel "isolated" with government advice that was "frequently" emailed to him. In the picture his students in class

Pictured students from St Paul & # 39; s High School in Glasgow on August 12th. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hand seemed forced after Nicola Sturgeon said secondary school students in Scotland are required to wear a mask between lessons

Pictured students from St Paul & # 39; s High School in Glasgow on August 12th. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hand seemed forced after Nicola Sturgeon said secondary school students in Scotland are required to wear a mask between lessons

"Ich denke, es gibt einen Balanceakt."

Herr Powell sagte auch, es sei Zeit für die Regierung, über Schulen nachzudenken, die sich mit der anhaltenden Präsenz von Covid-19 im nächsten Jahr befassen.

Er sagte: „Wenn wir in eine andere Sperrung gehen, wie werden wir dann unsere Schein-GCSEs machen?

'Wenn die Sperrung später im akademischen Jahr erfolgt, könnten wir bei den GCSE-Prüfungen wieder in der gleichen Position sein. Wir brauchen eine Online-Bewertungsform. & # 39;

Er fügte hinzu: "Solange wir lernen und Sicherheit als unsere beiden Hauptprioritäten betrachten, denke ich nicht, dass wir etwas falsch machen werden."

Es kommt, als der älteste Beamte im Bildungsministerium, der ständige Sekretär Jonathan Slater, aufgefordert wurde, zurückzutreten.

Der Premierminister sagte, nach dem Skandal, bei dem ein Algorithmus die GCSE- und A-Level-Ergebnisse der Schüler signifikant senkte, sei "eine neue Führung erforderlich".

Following criticism from students, school principals, and a backlash from Tory MPs, the government announced that A-Level and GCSE grades would be based on teacher assessments rather than a controversial algorithm developed by regulator Ofqual.

Premierminister Boris Johnson und Gavin Williamson hatten zuvor das „robuste“ System verteidigt, bei dem fast 40 Prozent der A-Level-Noten aufgrund der Vorhersagen der Lehrer reduziert wurden.

The announcement of the masks occurs at the latest in a series of U-turns by the government

The government has made its recent U-turn of the coronavirus pandemic and is now advising that high school students and staff in some areas of England wear face covers.

It's the latest in a long line of embarrassing political changes since February:

A-Level and GCSE results U-turn in England

Following criticism from students, school principals, and a backlash from Tory MPs, the government announced that A-Level and GCSE grades would be based on teacher assessments rather than a controversial algorithm developed by regulator Ofqual. Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson had previously defended the "robust" system, which saw almost 40% of A-level grades cut based on teachers' predictions.

The government's coronavirus app plans for contact tracing have been dropped

On April 12, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a new NHSX contact tracing app, promising it would be "critical" to preventing coronavirus transmission. It was tested on the Isle of Wight but dropped on June 18 when the government allowed Apple and Google to take over the project. A national introduction date has not yet been set.

Return to elementary school children

In early May, Williamson declared the government's ambition that all elementary school-age children in England would be in school for at least four weeks before summer. But on June 9, he said there was "no choice" but to ditch those plans amid fears the two-meter rule of social distancing would make a full return impossible.

Coronavirus test target

On April 2, Mr. Hancock set a goal of having 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month. At the daily government briefing on May 1, Hancock said the test numbers had reached 122,347 on April 30. However, the numbers included the number of home tests sent at home (27,497) as well as the number of tests sent to satellite websites (12,872). The number of tests actually processed has been suggested to be closer to 81,978 – just short of the government's target.

NHS surcharge for foreign health and care workers

On May 21, the Prime Minister stood by the fee charged by foreign health workers for using the NHS. However, just hours later, due to increasing pressure from older Tories, it was announced that foreign health and care workers would be exempted from the regulation.

Voucher for school meals

English footballer Marcus Rashford has been credited with playing a key role in forcing the government to reverse its decision not to extend the children's grocery voucher program to the summer holidays. On June 16, Cabinet Secretary Grant Shapps said that free school meals are usually not extended into the summer period. A few hours later, No10 reversed his stance and confirmed that the program would indeed be extended.

Trauerfall für NHS-Mitarbeiter erweitert

Nach der Kritik, dass Pflegekräfte, Reinigungskräfte und Träger von einem Home-Office-System ausgeschlossen wurden, das Familien von Gesundheitspersonal eine unbefristete Aufenthaltserlaubnis für Großbritannien gewährt, wenn sie an Covid-19 sterben, kündigte die Regierung am 20. Mai eine Verlängerung des Programms an Im April wurde ein Programm eingeführt, um die von der Pandemie betroffenen Familien zu unterstützen. Innenminister Priti Patel sagte, die Verlängerung werde "sofort und nachträglich wirksam".

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