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Nearly 60% of parents said they are worried about the size of their children’s class bubbles in Suffolk and Essex amid coronavirus fears – with more than half calling for face masks to become compulsory in schools.

With staggered start times, face coverings and class ‘bubbles’, school days across Suffolk and Essex have become very different to what children and parents are used to – how have you found it so far?

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School leaders in Suffolk have expressed their “concern” over the increasing coronavirus infection rates as we look ahead to the winter.

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A class of 32 pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School, in Great Cornard, have been told to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

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Parents in Suffolk have been left torn over what to do should there be confirmed cases of Covid at their child’s school.

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Building work at the new Thurston Primary Academy - which will allow it to double the number of children it teaches - has got under way.

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Plans to revamp Suffolk’s children’s centre provision will go ahead, after a challenge by opposition parties was dismissed.

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Teachers in Suffolk and Essex have called for an end to ongoing uncertainty over whether GCSE exams will be cancelled or delayed next year.

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See the excited faces in our gallery, as children set out on the first day of the new school year.

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One of the stories I remember hearing about my maternal grandparents is one that has stayed with me throughout my life.

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A controversial decision to revamp Suffolk’s children’s centres made earlier this week has been challenged by opposition councillors – and could be due a fresh debate.

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Secondary school leaders have welcomed the government’s U-turn on face coverings as it gives them the “flexibility” to make the decisions which are best for their school – with one Ipswich headteacher making them mandatory.

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Radical changes to children’s centres provision in Suffolk have been given the final approval after more than a year in the pipeline.

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Schools in the East of England had the highest number of individual confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country throughout June, it has emerged.

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It can be a day of excitement and nerves, laughter and relief but GCSE results day has been particularly difficult this year.

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Public health chiefs in Suffolk are urging families to make sure their children are ready for the return of school in September after months away from the classroom during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Suffolk education leaders say they are “delighted common sense has prevailed” after the government scrapped a controversial system which downgraded some hard-earned A-level and GCSE results.

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Prominent Suffolk headteachers are urging the government to scrap the ‘blatantly unfair’ algorithm which could severely impact students’ grades ahead of GCSE results day.

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Schools have spoken of their pride in their students on A-level results day following an “incredibly difficult year”.

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A route-by-route review of travel arrangements for more than 2,000 pupils in Suffolk who rely on public transport to get to school is being carried out by transport chiefs.

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Students receiving GCSE and A-level results which they are not satisfied with have been urged not to panic this summer.

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