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Primary school applications drop 5 per cent in pandemic

by Schools Week, June 18, 2021

Primary school applications fell by 5.1 per cent this year, which the government said could be in part due to an increase in home schooling and late applications due to the pandemic.

Covid and fall in immigration behind drop in primary school applications

by The Times, June 18, 2021

Fewer families are sending their children to primary school this year, partly because the pandemic has prompted more to turn to home schooling, the government has said.

Number of pupils securing their first choice secondary school place falls compared to last year as a FIFTH miss out

by Dailt Mail, June 18, 2021

The proportion of pupils gaining places at their first-choice secondary school has plummeted, figures show.
Nearly a fifth of children have missed out on their top choice of institution, rising to more than two in five pupils in some areas of England, according to data from the Department for Education (DfE).

Goldsmiths to allow students suffering racial trauma to apply for extensions

by The Guardian, June 18, 2021

Goldsmiths, University of London, is to allow students to cite cases of racial trauma as having affected their studies, becoming the first UK university to recognise the damaging effects of racism on academic progress.

'Hugely disruptive' coronavirus testing in schools should be axed, say experts because six in ten positive results are found to be negative when checked

by Daily Mail, June 18, 2021

Experts have warned that Covid testing in schools is hugely disruptive and should be scrapped after it emerged up to 60 per cent of positive tests turn out to be negative when checked.

Scrap Covid tests in schools, says Oxford vaccine pioneer

by telegragh , June 18, 2021

Mass use of lateral flow tests leading to such disruption that it may be worth vaccinating youngsters to stop chaos, warns professor

Free school meals: Poorer pupils miss out in funding change, say unions

by BBC News, June 18, 2021

A "worrying" number of poorer school pupils will miss out on extra funding because of a change in the way support is allocated, unions say.
New figures show more than one in five children in England are now eligible for free school meals - an increase of 420,000 children since March 2020.

Revealed: The best grammar schools for getting a place at Oxbridge

by telegragh , June 18, 2021

Grammar school places are highly coveted, with parents willing to move across the country to give their child a chance at taking the Eleven Plus entrance exam.

DfE officials plan schools white paper to deliver Williamson’s ‘vision’ for schools

by Schools Week, June 18, 2021

Gavin Williamson has pledged to set out a “broader vision” for the school system later this year, with officials understood to be planning a white paper.

No transition day for Year 6 – but does it matter?

by TES, June 17, 2021

With the cancellation of what some in the press termed “freedom day” comes the news that secondary schools may need to cancel or rejig their plans for transition days for the incoming Year 7s.

Proportion of children securing first-choice secondary school place falls

by Standard, June 17, 2021

The proportion of pupils gaining places at their first-choice secondary school has fallen, figures show.

Nearly a fifth of children have missed out on their top choice of secondary school, rising to more than two in five pupils in some areas of England according to data from the Department for Education (DfE).

Revealed: The best state schools for getting a place at Oxbridge

by telegragh , June 17, 2021

With the country’s leading universities coming under increasing pressure to admit more students from state schools, one don recently said his suggestion for parents who want their child to win a place at Oxbridge is: “Shift your kids to the local comp.”

The ‘catch-up plan’ for schools needs to start with the Department for Education

by The Guardian, June 17, 2021

The government needs to be clear now, not at the last minute, about the likely Covid scenarios that schools in England will face in September.

Righting the wrongs: teachers must fight ignorance of Aboriginal history with education and break the cycle

by The Guardian, June 17, 2021

Educators need to take initiative to fill gaps in their learning so our next generation can know true Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

‘Prince Harry effect’ adds to huge rise in students reporting mental health problems

by telegragh , June 17, 2021

The number of prospective students declaring mental health conditions on their university application forms has soared by 450 per cent in the past decade, Ucas has revealed.

More than one quarter of UK schools are in areas above global pollution limits, charity finds

by Independent, June 17, 2021

More than one quarter of UK schools are located in areas where air pollution is above World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, according to an environmental charity.

School leaders in England reject catchup national tutoring programme

by The Guardian, June 17, 2021

The government’s flagship effort to help children in state schools catch up on learning lost during the pandemic is being rejected by headteachers in England, despite the tens of millions of pounds being spent on running it.

Parents of children with special needs tell Ofsted of Covid despair

by The Guardian, June 16, 2021

Families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have been left “exhausted” and “despairing” by the pandemic which has affected their children disproportionately, according to a report by the schools watchdog in England.

What teachers said in response to Pearson’s survey on the future of exams

by Schools Week, June 16, 2021

Eight of out ten teachers believe high stakes exams should be taken throughout the year, and most want more autonomy over testing, an exam board survey has revealed.