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This year, GCSE and A-level results depend on teachers being unbiased....

The nail-biting wait for GCSE and A-level results has a surreal quality this year, as students wonder what the outcome could possibly be of exams they haven’t sat because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Most are assuming they’ll be awarded the grades they were predicted to have achieved by their schools, although it isn’t quite that…

Johnson pledges £1bn school rebuilding programme for England

Schools in England are being promised a £1bn rebuilding programme as Boris Johnson commits to giving children a “world-class education” after months out of the classroom, and pledges help for the economy to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. The 10-year investment plan for upgrades and refurbishments comes ahead of the prime minister’s key speech…

This year, students have a better chance of getting into a...

You may have read some recent articles encouraging school leavers to defer their place at university because of the coronavirus pandemic. The arguments for this approach typically focus on two points: that any form of digital education isn’t real learning and if there is still social distancing in place then you won’t have a real…

The Guardian view on universities: a bailout is in all our...

There is no reason why Britain’s universities should suffer permanent damage as a result of coronavirus. But, like many other institutions, they will need support in order to avoid it. The immediate issue is the present. The deaths from Covid-19 of people such as Ade Raymond, who was studying for a nursing degree at Middlesex…

Thousands urge UK government to keep schools closed

A letter from an NHS nurse urging the government to keep schools closed because of the health risks to staff and the wider community has attracted more than 7,000 signatures, as teachers described trying to maintain social distancing in primary classrooms as “almost impossible”. Iain Wilson, an NHS nurse with two children at school in…

Leading 15 Presents for the Future Instructor in Your Life

Check out 10 gifts for new teachers they’ll love more than school holidays. 1. A Tote Bag Teachers have a lot of stuff, y’all. And for student teachers, a backpack is just not functional for the transition between campus and school. Get them a sturdy tote bag (might I suggest a monogrammed L.L. Bean one…

‘Off-rolling’ conceals real degree of drawback space in schools– research study

The gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers in England is much wider than previously estimated, with as many as 9,000 disadvantaged 16-year-olds not taking exams or recorded in school league tables because they cannot be located on school records. Analysis by FFT Education Datalab found an increasing number of pupils, both disadvantaged and…

The Guardian view on university strikes: a fight for the soul...

In his classic work The Idea of a University, the recently canonised St John Henry Newman described the core goal of higher education as “the cultivation of the intellect, as an end which may reasonably be pursued for its own sake”. Most of the lecturers who began just over a week of strike action on…

Universities implicated of utilizing ‘strong-arm methods’ to weaken strike action

Universities have been accused of using “strong-arm tactics” to undermine strike action which threatens to cause widespread disruption at 60 campuses across the UK this week. More than 40,000 lecturers, technicians, librarians and other academic staff will walk out on strike for eight days from Monday over pension, pay and conditions, in a wave of…

If universities worth overseas trainees, they need to stop marginalising them|Zainab...

Universities have prioritised internationalising their campuses for a long time, but lately the conversation has shifted towards decolonisation. Yet these are not two separate initiatives: international students’ experiences would improve if universities thought more about the impact of empire on them too. UK universities’ attitudes towards international students have evolved since they first started arriving…

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