Birmingham is among authorities promising help at half-term, as the footballer steps up pressure.
There have been 2,030 confirmed Covid cases in schools since the start of term, says the Public Health Agency.
Durham University online welcome meeting for LGBT students is "hijacked" by "homophobic slurs".
Publisher Pearson conducts an "immediate review" into an A Level textbook accused of being "deeply offensive to autistic people".
Their biggest anxieties were about missing school and family and friends contracting Covid-19.
Caroline Ansell has resigned after voting for a Labour plan to offer free school meals in the holidays.
The education committee is told some children harmed themselves and injured their parents.
An extra £10m will be spent on student mental health services and hardship funds.
The figures come as NI's schools face a two-week closure aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
The shadow education secretary says "now is the time to act" as Labour threatens to force a vote by MPs.