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Open Petition since 21st December 2020

Close schools in Tier 4 areas - 194,818 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 194,887 - 2 added in the past 24hrs)

Schools can be a breeding ground for the spread of coronavirus. Children are mingling at schools and returning to families who are potentially vulnerable, keeping rates high.

It's only been since schools opened that infection rates have been high in Kent, and keeping them open may keep it high.

Debate: This petition was debated in Westminster Hall on 15th March 2021

The Government responsed to this petition on 21st January 2021 (View Full Response)
The Government has asked schools and Further Education colleges to restrict attendance from 5 January 2020 for most pupils and students. Early years settings will remain open to all.
Open Petition since 29th December 2020

Cancel GCSE and A-levels in 2021 replace with Course Work and Teacher Assessment - 157,724 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 157,869 - 4 added in the past 24hrs)

Cancel all standardise testing for year 11 and year 12 students in 2021. By replacing tests with smaller amounts of course work and teacher assessment, students would have a fair chance at achieving their target grades and it would relieve stress for teachers and students.

Debate: This petition was debated in Westminster Hall on 15th March 2021

The Government responsed to this petition on 26th January 2021 (View Full Response)
Students will not be asked to sit GCSE, AS and A level exams this summer as planned in light of the ongoing impact of the covid-19 pandemic.
Open Petition since 11th February 2021

Keep schools closed until May - 149,403 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 149,559 - 3 added in the past 24hrs)

Please don’t send students back until we know we have had the priority groups vaccinated such as the elderly, the extremely clinically vulnerable, and those with underlying health conditions.

Debate: This petition was debated in Westminster Hall on 15th March 2021

The Government responsed to this petition on 15th March 2021 (View Full Response)
With safety measures in schools, the success of vaccination rollout and decrease in infection rates and hospitalisations, the Government has decided that pupils can return to education from 8 March.
Open Petition since 18th March 2021

Do not cut UK higher education Arts Funding - 32,604 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 73,051 - 2,599 added in the past 24hrs)

On the 21st January, Gavin Williamson announced that 50% of the funding will be cut for a range of ‘non-strategic’ subjects - including The Arts. Due this system the Arts will also loose all extra funding, meaning that higher education units may be forced to stop running Arts Courses.


Open Petition since 2nd December 2020

All nurseries and places of education to stay closed after Xmas to 15 January - 49,382 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 49,385 - 1 added in the past 24hrs)

The Government should delay the return to nurseries, schools, colleges and universities until 15.01.21, by requiring them to remain closed until this date, to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus as much as possible following the relaxations of restrictions.

The Government responsed to this petition on 26th January 2021 (View Full Response)
On 4 January, the PM announced restriction of attendance at education settings, except early years, to vulnerable children and young people and children of critical workers, to reduce transmission.
Open Petition since 11th January 2021

Cancel A-level and GCSE exams 2022 - 45,554 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 47,405 - 42 added in the past 24hrs)

With all the school missed and people’s personal situations at home, online school can be extremely challenging. It is fundamental that all children get the support they deserve but not going through with exams!

The Government responsed to this petition on 15th February 2021 (View Full Response)
The department will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on all students, including those due to take exams in 2022, to ensure that students in this cohort can achieve a fair grade.
Open Petition since 29th April 2021

More Funding For SEN Children To Access Appropriate School Provisions - 4,921 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 42,039 - 218 added in the past 24hrs)

Changes need to be made so more funding is available for schools and local authorities to offer better provisions for SEN children, especially those who do not fit the criteria for special needs EMS/mainstream schools. So no other child falls through the system.


Open Petition since 2nd March 2021

Tuition Fee Compensation for International Students in UK Universities - 35,301 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 40,058 - 42 added in the past 24hrs)

The UK Government must compensate International students for tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21. Lockdowns have had a massive impact on quality of teaching and student experience of International students. It is vital for UK Government to provide at least partial compensation.

The Government responsed to this petition on 6th May 2021 (View Full Response)
Whether or not an individual student is entitled to a refund of fees will depend on the specific contractual arrangements between the provider and student.
Open Petition since 26th November 2020

Reimburse student rents for all accommodation not used during this academic year - 39,981 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 40,022 - 5 added in the past 24hrs)

Government needs to reimburse students who have paid for university or accommodation rented from private landlords they have not used during the Covid-19 outbreak. This is to include rent, utility bills and standing charges relating to the rented property. Students are least able to bear the losses.

The Government responsed to this petition on 2nd March 2021 (View Full Response)
Accommodation providers are autonomous and responsible for setting rent agreements. We urge them to ensure policies are fair and have students’ best interests at heart.
Open Petition since 1st April 2021

Ban the use of face masks in schools - 37,329 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 39,463 - 15 added in the past 24hrs)

Face coverings should be banned in schools as they can inhibit communication which could restrict learning and could create social stigma.

The Government responsed to this petition on 28th April 2021 (View Full Response)
Following a review of the latest evidence, in line with public health advice, the DfE recommend face coverings continue to be worn in accordance with our guidance, unless an individual is exempt.
Open Petition since 19th January 2021

Amend GCSE exam content for children that are now in year 9 and year 10 - 34,226 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 34,421 - 3 added in the past 24hrs)

Relook at the exam content structure and simplify it for children who will be taking their exams in 2022 and 2023 as they have lost so much time in school. These children are now in Year 9 and Year 10, and have lost education in both lockdowns, it is going to be hard for them to catch-up.

The Government responsed to this petition on 17th February 2021 (View Full Response)
The department will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on all students, including those due to take exams in 2022, to ensure that students in this cohort can achieve a fair grade.
Open Petition since 6th May 2021

All British students should be entitled to home fee status. - 1,339 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 24,600 - 266 added in the past 24hrs)

The Government should bring new legislation so that all British students are classed as home students and therefore entitled to home fees, regardless of their residency prior to joining University.


Open Petition since 22nd December 2020

Do not start mass testing in schools or require asymptomatic students to isolate - 20,083 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 20,124 - 1 added in the past 24hrs)

The Government should not roll out mass testing in places of education and end mandatory isolation if children do not have symptoms.

The Government responsed to this petition on 14th January 2021 (View Full Response)
The rapid testing programme is supporting those staff and pupils currently in secondary schools and colleges and will help support the full reopening of these settings as soon as is possible.
Open Petition since 9th March 2021

Increase curriculum content about water safety as part of swimming lessons - 7,756 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 19,758 - 889 added in the past 24hrs)

As a country we see many water-related fatalities every year. We see many more call outs to water related incidents. Throughout lockdown year our coastguards were tasked to almost double the call outs than in the previous year. Our children NEED to learn about Cold water shock & rip currents.


Open Petition since 7th May 2021

Include Dry Slope (artificial slope) Skiing & Snowboarding in GCSE PE - 1,173 Signatures
(Estimated Final Signatures: 15,338 - 79 added in the past 24hrs)

Currently GCSE Physical Education excludes dry slope skiing and snowboarding, whereas the Welsh specification GSCE allows for skiing and snowboarding on artificial slopes. I would like the GCSE Specification within England amended to include skiing and snowboarding on artificial slopes (dry-slope)