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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.

With school pupils unable to take GCSE and A-level exams this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, results have had to be calculated differently.

Parents with fears about sending their child back to school in September have been urged to have a discussion with headteachers – but there are currently no plans to prosecute parents.

The first designs have been unveiled for a new primary school planned near Stowmarket.

Parents are facing uncertainty over how their children will get to school in September, as spare seats on school buses cannot currently be offered for sale.

A major education project in Ipswich has been given £1.4 million by the government to continue its programme for a fourth year, with a focus on mental health and recovery from coronavirus planned for the year ahead.

A Suffolk education union has warned that having full classes in September without effective social distancing will be “reckless” and “potentially dangerous”.

Childminders are being banned from picking up or dropping off children from some schools, it has emerged, which is another blow for a sector struggling during the coronavirus crisis.

Suffolk education leaders are set to lobby the Government on reimbursing schools which have had to fork out for free school meals, following failings in the national programme.

A nursery in Ipswich is staying open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children during the Covid-19 crisis despite not being financially viable.

Education chiefs in Suffolk have approved plans which mean all new-build special educational needs schools must be equipped with sprinkler systems, after it emerged the Department for Education did not make the system mandatory.

A Suffolk-based nursery group has asked for a quarter-of-a-million-pound loan from the bank to stay afloat - highlighting the coronavirus-induced struggles of the industry.

Parents are still expected to hear whether their child has got their preferred primary school place next month.

The headteacher of a west Suffolk school will tell MPs at Westminster that Government testing is putting too much pressure on primary school children.

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