One in five pupils in England were persistently absent in past school year

Covid and other illnesses main reasons for attendance drop compared with pre-pandemic, according to DfE figuresOne in five pupils in England were reported as persistently absent during the last school… [...]

‘It helps so much’: long Covid sufferers aided by sessions with opera singers

A Welsh National Opera project is reaching out to patients via Zoom to share the benefits of exercises such as breath controlThe mezzo-soprano Kate Woolveridge has performed on grand stages… [...]

Covid cases on the rise in NSW with a ‘patchwork quilt’ of variants

Experts say data points to early signs of a new wave but, given level of immunity, is not expected to be as severe as in the pastGet our morning and… [...]

The Guardian view on BBC independence: compromised at the top | Editorial

Evidence of capitulation to political pressure shows how vulnerable the national broadcaster has becomeGovernments and oppositions have always complained that the BBC is too generous to the other side. In… [...]

‘Troubling’ messages showing No 10 pressure on BBC need investigating, say former staff

BBC journalists asked to avoid term ‘lockdown’ in reporting at the start of the pandemic, leaked messages showFormer BBC staffers have expressed concerns about the leaked WhatsApp and email messages… [...]

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