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Covid vaccine will not be compulsory for university lectures

by BBC News, August 3, 2021

Ministers are no longer considering making it compulsory for university students to be fully vaccinated against Covid to attend lectures in England, the BBC has been told.

GCSEs and A-levels 2021: Worried students want all results bumped up to compensate for ‘unfairness’ in grading

by iNews, August 3, 2021

The calls for a change to the system before results have even been announced shows the level of anxiety about grades after a school year marred by Covid-related disruption

Drive to get more full-time male teachers into primary schools 'flunks'

by Mirror, August 3, 2021

A drive to get more full-time male teachers into primary schools appears to have flunked.
Figures show the number of primary schools that do not have a single full-time ‘Sir’ on the payroll is now close to 4,000.

Majority of schools sign up to boost education over the summer

by GOV UK, August 3, 2021

An overwhelming majority of eligible secondary schools in England have signed up to host a summer school over the holidays, offering a mixture of academic and extra-curricular activities to boost catch up for children.

Latin to be introduced at 40 state secondaries in England

by The Guardian, August 3, 2021

Latin is to be taught at state schools across England in an effort to counter the subject’s reputation as one that is “elitist” and largely taught at private schools.

Welsh government plans polling stations in schools for teenagers

by The Guardian, August 3, 2021

Teenagers in Wales may be able to vote at their own schools and colleges during breaks from lessons, and shoppers could exercise their democratic right while they are picking up their groceries, under new proposals from the Welsh government.

School uniforms: Should schools face a price limit?

by BBC News, August 3, 2021

Should there be a maximum price limit for a full school uniform - PE kit included - that schools must adhere to when they set their uniform policies?

School uniforms: Should schools face a price limit?

by BBC News, August 3, 2021

Should there be a maximum price limit for a full school uniform - PE kit included - that schools must adhere to when they set their uniform policies?

Huge backing for integrated schools to be main system of education

by Belfast Telegraph, August 3, 2021

Some 73% of respondents would support proposals for their local school to have integrated status, while 79% said all schools should aim to have a religious and cultural mix.

Did you solve it? Oxford university admissions questions

by The Guardian, July 30, 2021

Earlier today I set the following three puzzles, which have all been set during Oxford university admissions interviews for joint philosophy courses. In each case, there is an initial question, which almost all candidates answer correctly. The follow-up questions are more challenging.

One in five teachers in more affluent areas say parents have pressured them over exam grades, survey shows

by Independent, July 30, 2021

Around one in five teachers at schools in wealthier parts of England say parents have pressured them over their child’s exam grades this year, a new survey has revealed.

Wealthier parents put pressure on teachers over exam grades in England, research finds

by CNBC , July 30, 2021

The parents of privately educated children in England were found to be twice as likely to put pressure on teachers over exam grades than those from the most deprived areas, according to new research.

Boris Johnson blamed as his global education summit misses fundraising target by $1 billion

by Independent, July 30, 2021

Education charities have expressed disappointment after a summit hosted by Boris Johnson to raise money for education around the world fell well short of its fundraising target.

London remains best city in the world to study in new rankings

by The Guardian, July 30, 2021

London remains the best city in the world to be a university student, according to an international ranking of higher education centres that placed it ahead of rivals such as Tokyo, Boston and Berlin.

Covid: Schools emerging from 'chaotic' 18 months put on summer catch-up programme

by ITV News, July 30, 2021

ITV News North of England reporter Hannah Miller reports on the reaction to the government's catch-up summer school programme

Richer parents pressure teachers on exam grades

by BBC News, July 30, 2021

Parents of pupils in private schools or living in affluent areas of England were the most likely to put pressure on teachers over exam grades, suggests research from the Sutton Trust.

Cambridge University: Stormzy and HSBC fund 30 black students

by BBC News, July 30, 2021

Grime artist Stormzy has pledged to support a further 30 black students studying at Cambridge University.

Reckless to scrap BTecs, educators warn

by BBC News, July 30, 2021

BTec qualifications should not be scrapped in England, say groups representing students and staff in schools, colleges and universities.

Covid: University students could be told jabs are required - Raab

by BBC News, July 30, 2021

University students will get "advance warning" if they are required to have vaccines before moving to halls of residence, Dominic Raab has said.

Nearly 75% of secondary schools in England will hold 'catch-up' classes for more than 500,000 pupils over the summer break - despite many teachers saying they needed a 'proper break'

by Daily Mail, July 29, 2021

Almost three in four secondaries have agreed to host summer schools to help pupils catch up after the pandemic.

The Department for Education (DfE) said 2,820 mainstream secondary schools have volunteered for the scheme, which is equivalent to 74 per cent of those eligible.