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GCSE and A-level results ‘could be affected by bias’

Image copyright PA Young people in England risk missing out on the grades they deserve, due to the system used for calculating results after exams were cancelled, MPs have warned. Disadvantaged and ethnic minority pupils face particular risks from the possibility of unconscious bias, said the Commons Education Committee. This year, teachers will predict pupils’ […]

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Government to scrap 50% of young to university target

Image copyright Getty Images Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is to scrap a commitment to get 50% of England’s young people into university, which was reached for the first time last year. He is also promising a German-style further education system with a focus on higher technical qualifications. Tony Blair set the target over 20 years […]

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How US university clubs are coping with virus

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi fraternity houses in Charleston, South Carolina Fraternities and sororities form a central part of the university experience for many US students. But a coronavirus outbreak at the University of Washington in Seattle has raised questions about the pressures the pandemic places on the organisations. […]

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Coronavirus: Home-schooling has been hell, say parents

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The majority of children have been out of school since March Having to home-school during the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on both parents and children, campaigners warn. The group, Sept for Schools, says it has heard from parents reduced to tears as they balance work with educating. The […]

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Coronavirus: 13 UK universities ‘could go bust without bailout’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Most universities have seen their finances harmed by the pandemic Thirteen universities face “a very real prospect” of insolvency following the coronavirus crisis unless they receive a government bailout, a study suggests. High-ranking universities with large numbers of international students face the largest immediate drop in income, says the Institute […]

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Coronavirus: School safety plans will keep groups apart

Image copyright PA MediaImage caption All pupils and year groups are expected to be back full time next term The government has published its safety plans for England’s return to school in September – built on the principle of keeping classes or whole year groups apart in separate “bubbles”. Schools will have testing kits to […]

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Cardiff youth offending service ‘inadequate’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Some young people were at risk of exploitation by drugs gangs Every part of Cardiff Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been rated “inadequate” by inspectors. It was given the lowest possible performance rating by HM Inspectorate of Probation and told to improve every aspect of its work. Chief Inspector of […]