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Gavin Williamson says GCSE and A-level exams will ‘absolutely’ not be cancelled

Gavin Williamson says GCSE and A-level exams will ‘absolutely’ not be cancelled

Pupils will be given advance notice of some topics ahead of tests and they will be allowed to take in exam aids.

Roadworks lifted and rail engineering work cut to smooth Christmas journeys

Roadworks lifted and rail engineering work cut to smooth Christmas journeys

Some 778 miles of restrictions on motorways and A-roads in England will be cleared ahead of the festive period.

Government advisers call for 68% cut in UK emissions by 2030

Government advisers call for 68% cut in UK emissions by 2030

The Committee on Climate Change recommended an increase from 61% as part of the contribution to the global Paris Agreement.

BBC director-general labels diversity drive as ‘mission critical’

BBC director-general labels diversity drive as ‘mission critical’

The BBC has previously set targets for improving the diversity of its workforce.

Eton should admit girls, says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

Eton should admit girls, says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

The famous school was attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and several of his predecessors, including David Cameron.

Jonathan Van-Tam: I told my mother she must have Covid-19 vaccine

Jonathan Van-Tam: I told my mother she must have Covid-19 vaccine

The UK became the first country in the world to give the go-ahead to the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

Tier system causing confusion over where people can travel, says Travelodge

Tier system causing confusion over where people can travel, says Travelodge

A new survey by the hotel chain suggests one in four people are ‘completely clueless’ about how the new coronavirus restrictions work.

Avoid unnecessary HD streaming to cut carbon emissions, report recommends

Avoid unnecessary HD streaming to cut carbon emissions, report recommends

4K video streaming generates around eight times more emissions than standard definition, the Royal Society said.

Seal pup census carried out by flying drone over Farne Islands

Seal pup census carried out by flying drone over Farne Islands

A drone operator filmed the islands, just off the Northumberland coast, and experts will count the pups to monitor the population of grey seals.

Aldi and Sainsbury’s to hand back £540m in business rates relief

Aldi and Sainsbury’s to hand back £540m in business rates relief

The two retailers follow Tesco and Morrisons in announcing plans to hand back money to the Government.

Pfizer vaccine due to arrive in UK as country grapples with rollout challenge

Pfizer vaccine due to arrive in UK as country grapples with rollout challenge

The difficulties in storing and transporting the jab mean there could be a delay in reaching care homes, experts have warned.

UK getting vaccine first because it is ‘better country’ than France – Williamson

UK getting vaccine first because it is ‘better country’ than France – Williamson

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the UK has the ‘best medical regulator’.

BiFab enters administration after nationalisation ruled out by ministers

BiFab enters administration after nationalisation ruled out by ministers

The Scottish Government has argued that state aid rules prevent it from bailing out the company.

Children struggling to see themselves in books they read, study suggests

Children struggling to see themselves in books they read, study suggests

Nearly half of young people from black ethnic backgrounds said it is difficult to find characters who look like them.

Sainsbury’s joins Tesco and Morrisons with £440m business rates payments

Sainsbury’s joins Tesco and Morrisons with £440m business rates payments

The three retailers have agreed to hand over £1.3 billion to the Government.

What the papers say – December 3

What the papers say – December 3

Thursday’s front pages feature a wealth of reaction to the UK approving a coronavirus vaccine.

Sheep baffles hotel staff after being spotted ‘waiting for lift’

Sheep baffles hotel staff after being spotted ‘waiting for lift’

A sheep nicknamed Sidney is back in its field after entering a Premier Inn hotel in Holyhead.

Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies aged 94

Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing dies aged 94

Giscard died at his home in central France after contracting Covid-19.

PM acknowledges ‘immense logistical challenges’ of vaccine rollout

PM acknowledges ‘immense logistical challenges’ of vaccine rollout

Most care home residents will need to wait for their Covid-19 vaccine because of difficulties in transporting the newly-approved jab.

UK braces for wintry December weather amid snow and ice warnings

UK braces for wintry December weather amid snow and ice warnings

The coldest weather is expected in western Scotland overnight on Thursday, where temperatures could drop to an icy minus 10C (14F).

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