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  1. University students banned from mixing for another week

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Aerial view of Exeter's Streatham Campus

    A ban on University of Exeter students mixing with other households has been extended for a further seven days in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

    The latest statistics from Devon County Council showed there were 262 positive cases in Exeter up to 14 October, with Public Health England confirming more than 70% of these were linked to the university.

    The university said it remained in a "fragile position" and was "steadfast" in its commitment to fight the virus.

    Registrar and secretary Mike Shore-Nye added it would need to see "a clear trend" before lifting the restrictions.

    Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health for Devon, said new cases in the community showed the virus was spreading among the non-student population, and urged the city's residents to be "extra vigilant" in following public health advice.

  2. Exams to go ahead in November in Wales, minister says

    GCSE exams will go ahead in November in Wales, despite plans for a "fire-break" lockdown, the education minister has said.

    Kirsty Williams tweeted an update following the first minister's announcement that a national lockdown could be confirmed in a matter of days.

    Ms Williams said: "There will be an opportunity to sit core GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, Mathematics-Numeracy and Welsh Language in November 2020 as planned.

    "Other qualifications will be available in January 2021 and as part of the summer 2021 series.

    "As the FM said today, keeping schools open is a top priority for the @WelshGovernment and we’ll do everything we can to maximise education and minimise disruption."

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  3. Keeping schools open 'top priority'

    Keeping schools open during any "fire-break" lockdown is a "top priority", Wales' first minister has said.

    Mark Drakeford has said a short national lockdown, which could be announced on Monday, would be similar to measures back in March, at the height of the pandemic.

    At that time schools were closed to all but children of essential workers, and those with specific needs.

    But at the press conference today, Mr Drakeford said: "We will do everything we can to keep schools open.

    “Whether we are able to do that entirely is still a matter for the detail of the discussion that goes on.

    “But as a priority I reaffirm that for everybody today.”

    Schools in Wales are already due to close over the last week of October for half-term.

  4. Pause For Thought: 'Our identities can take forever to settle into.'

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    Video caption: Dr Jim Harris on finding exactly what we need.

    Dr Jim Harris on finding exactly what we need.

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    Video caption: Gordon Brown backs Marcus Rashford's call for free school meals extension

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called on Boris Johnson to extend free school meals.

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    Video caption: Covid: ‘Outdoor education could be lost to a generation’

    A ban on residential visits and lack of school trips prompts fears the sector could disappear.

  7. Pause For Thought: 'I can be quite tough on myself and I’m working on that.'

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    Video caption: Guvna B on why loss can be positive.

    Guvna B on why loss can be positive.

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    Video caption: Cumbrian outdoor education centres ask for government support

    A Cumbrian charity says if they cannot start trading soon they will not be around next year.