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Fearne Cotton admits her children 'have no respect' for her during self-isolation

The TV star is attempting to home-school her children

Jenni McKnight

Fearne Cotton has opened up about her tricky attempts to home-school her children after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the closure of all schools on Friday in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. The former Celebrity Juice star is in self-isolation along with most of the country and admitted she has discovered her kids Rex, seven, and Honey, four – who she shares with husband Jesse Wood – "have no respect" for her. Speaking to Zoe Ball, 49, on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Friday about her home-schooling efforts, Fearne said: "I have discovered that my children have no respect for me whatsoever and I've got no patience is the other discovery as well! We're trying our best. We're trying our best."

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Fearne is also stepmum to Arthur, 18, and Lola, 14. On Friday, the radio presenter paid a touching tribute to Arthur after it was revealed GCSEs and A-Levels have been cancelled this year in wake of the crisis. Sharing a photo of all four children on Instagram, Fearne wrote: "So much love to my bloody lovely step son Arthur and all of his mates who have worked so hard for their A levels. To anyone out there who has put huge amounts of effort into GCSE and A level study and now feels completely confused as to what lies ahead, I hope you’re O.K. Let’s hope some clarity is offered up soon. Love to you all."

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Fearne shares Rex and Honey with husband Jesse Wood

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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that GCSE and A-Levels will no longer go ahead and as of Friday, schools closed indefinitely due to the outbreak. He said at a press conference: "Exams will not take place as planned in May and June. We will make sure that students get the qualifications they need and deserve for their careers."

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The Department for Education is set to announce details on Friday about how GSCEs and A-Level grades will be awarded to students across the country, with results expected to be based on teacher assessments and coursework rather than a formal exam.

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