Newspaper headlines: Back-to-school ‘chaos’ and ‘Prem ace’s Paris trip’

Newspaper headlines: Back-to-school ‘chaos’ and ‘Prem ace’s Paris trip’


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Teaching unions ought to “stop squabbling and agree a staggered” return to the classroom, the Daily Telegraph reports the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield as saying. It says there is a “stand-off” between unions and the government over coronavirus concerns. The paper adds Boris Johnson has “ruled out austerity” in the country’s recovery from the virus during a call with Tory MPs.

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The government’s back-to-school plan – which would see primary schools in England reopen for some years no earlier than 1 June – is in “chaos”, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper says Mr Johnson “faces a revolt” against his tentative reopening plans – and that ministers have “failed to reassure teachers” it is safe to do so.

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It is “turmoil” according to the i weekend, which reports the findings of its poll of parents showing 56% would be willing to send their children back to the classroom next month. Liverpool is one city region saying it will ignore government advice on the 1 June reopening date, the paper adds.

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The Guardian reports concerns the reopening plan is “too dangerous”, according to the British Medical Association. The doctors’ union is reported as saying in a letter that “we cannot risk a second spike” of the virus.

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But some schools will defy unions and reopen next month despite the concerns, the Times reports. The paper says England’s biggest primary school chains will be ready to reopen at the start of June, if allowed.

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A Premier League star has allegedly broken coronavirus lockdown rules in two countries by jetting from the UK to Paris to host a party with friends, the Sun claims. The paper’s exclusive says the multi-millionaire, whom it does not name, chartered a private plane for the trip.

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Britons are being urged to binge on strawberries amid fears of a glut of summer fruits this summer, according to the FT Weekend. The paper says peak picking season in June and July could leave farmers with tons of the sweet treats with nowhere to go after the cancellation of events such as Wimbledon.

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The chief executive of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, tells the Daily Mail hospital admissions for coronavirus have halved since the pandemic’s peak. Sir Simon writes in the paper that the country is “not yet out of the woods” – as admissions fall by around 2,000 a week.

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The Daily Express predicts “15m stir-crazy” drivers will hit the roads during their first weekend of “lockdown freedom” in England as they travel to open spaces. Meanwhile, builders have returned to Buckingham Palace, the paper adds.

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“Make me a soaper star,” is the Daily Star’s headline as it reports Coronation Street actor Jack P Shepherd – known for his role as David Platt – as saying he may quit the programme if he stops getting “juicy storylines”.

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