Schools tell children as young as five to wear masks
Primary schools are telling children to wear face masks in the classroom, the Telegraph can reveal. Ministers have been asked to “urgently” clarify that masks are not only “unnecessary” for young children but could in fact cause a range of potential harms. The Prime Minister announced on Monday that secondary school students should wear masks in the classroom when they return if it is not possible for them to keep two metres apart. Although official guidance from the Department for Education states children in primary schools do not need to wear masks, some headteachers have started to write to parents telling them their children need to use face coverings. Camilla Turner has the details.
Meanwhile, there are concerns schools face an exam appeals “onslaught” as education chiefs warn that Gavin Williamson’s plan will see record numbers challenge their grades. Schools are likely to be inundated with pupil requests for their A-level and GCSE grades to be reviewed after the Education Secretary announced teachers’ predictions will be used for grades this year. Judith Woods thinks it is time to put Mr Williamson into special measures while Victoria Lambert analyses whether the Education Secretary is setting up teachers to take the blame.
Sunak faces revolt over plans for capital gains tax raid
Conservative MPs have been warned they could be stripped of the Tory whip if they vote against the Government at next week’s Budget, as a row begins to brew over possible tax rises. Some backbenchers fear the long-standing fuel duty freeze looks unsustainable given the country’s deficit could soon exceed £400bn. Yet Mel Stride, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, warned the Chancellor Rishi Sunak he risks a Tory rebellion if he pushes up capital gains tax, threatening investors’ incomes. The Telegraph also understands a six-month extension to the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit will be announced in the Budget as well as grants of up to £7,500 for millions of self-employed workers.
Pike asks why film poster gave her ‘massive’ breasts
Rosamund Pike has complained that her breasts were “augmented” for a film poster, saying images are so doctored that actors “are losing our grip on what we really look like”. Pike appeared alongside Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English Reborn in 2011 and one promotional image showed her in a figure-hugging dress. She said: “In the poster for the character shot, I have got a really impressive chest, which I don’t have.” Read more.
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Around the world: Trump faces hostility in Palm Beach
When he was forced out of the White House in January, Donald Trump thought he had left elections behind – for another four years at least. But one month on, having relocated to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Mr Trump faces another vote that could affect his future. The former president’s well-heeled neighbours on the southern Florida barrier island, who are usually known to settle disputes discreetly, are orchestrating a public campaign to bar him from living in his Mar-a-Lago club. Rozina Sabur has this dispatch from Florida.
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