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School’s out! Enjoy the freedom without breaking the bank

Sunday 25th July 2021

Making sure children have fun is a challenge. Here’s how… our guide to keeping them busy on a budgetThe school summer holidays are here and with them come days of adventure and freedom for children – and headaches for parents who need to keep their offspring busy on a budget...

 

‘Have I chosen the right career?’: Three new teachers reflect on their first year

Saturday 24th July 2021

From group bubbles to virtual classrooms, it was a strange year to be starting out in school...

 

A skilled workforce needs arts graduates | Letter

Friday 23rd July 2021

Jim Northover questions the logic in cutting funding for arts courses, when creative minds help drive the technology and engineering sectorsGavin Williamson stated that planned changes to education funding (Funding cuts to go ahead for university arts courses in England despite opposition, 20 July) will be “directed towards high-cost provision that supports key industries and the delivery of vital public services”...

 

Daily testing can keep pupils in school, study suggests

Friday 23rd July 2021

A study in 200 English secondary schools and colleges found very few infections in close contacts of cases...

 

West Midlands primary school wins appeal against academy status

Friday 23rd July 2021

Judge calls decision not to revoke academy order ‘irrational’, as inspections halted during pandemicA primary school in Sandwell, West Midlands, has become the first school to win a high court appeal against being forced to turn into an academy, arguing it could not demonstrate its improvement because Ofsted inspections were suspended because of Covid...

 

'Ghost school' with no students for a second year

Friday 23rd July 2021

English language schools warn they are on the "brink of collapse" after two summers without students...

 

Daily Covid tests for students found to be as effective as group isolation

Friday 23rd July 2021

Sending bubbles home after contact with Covid cases no better than testing to stop infection spreading, say scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have recommended daily tests for students who come into contact with Covid cases at secondary schools and colleges after finding that it prevents the spread of infection as much as sending whole bubbles home to isolate...

 

Daily contact testing in schools cuts absences, study finds

Thursday 22nd July 2021

A study in 200 English secondary schools and colleges found very few infections in close contacts of cases...

 

Seaside poor health overlooked, warns Whitty

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Bad housing and deprivation are a toxic mix for health, says England's chief medical officer...

 

Pay freeze for England’s teachers a ‘slap in the face’, say unions

Wednesday 21st July 2021

School leaders hit back saying once inflation was taken into account, the government’s freeze amounts to a pay cutTeachers in England are to get no pay rise this year, the government has confirmed, sparking fury from unions who described it as “an insult” and a “slap in the face” after all their efforts during the pandemic...

 

Schools minister rebuffs calls to decolonise English curriculum

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Nick Gibb says no reason why children from ethnic minorities should not study work of a ‘dead white man’The Schools minister, Nick Gibb, has pushed back against calls to decolonise the curriculum in England and has warned that what pupils learn in the classroom should not be tailored to any one particular group...

 

Funding cuts to go ahead for university arts courses in England despite opposition

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said money will be put towards Stem and medicine coursesMinisters have been accused of “one of the biggest attacks on arts and entertainment in English universities in living memory” after proposals to cut funding for arts and creative subjects in higher education were confirmed by the universities regulator despite widespread opposition...

 

More than 1m school pupils in England absent last week due to Covid

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Official figures reveal 14.3% of children were not in class because of coronavirus-related issuesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 1 million children in England were out of school last week for Covid-19-related reasons with absence rates at a record level, government figures have revealed...

 

‘I wanted more memories’: young people reflect on a year lost to Covid

Tuesday 20th July 2021

Delays at critical life stages: from starting college and internships; to searching for work or starting a family have caused chaos for young people...

 

Almost a quarter of England's pupils out of school

Tuesday 20th July 2021

The "pingdemic" continues to affect schools and families with nearly 25% absent as the term ends...

 

‘Mum suggested a handheld vacuum’: must-have items students pack for university

Monday 19th July 2021

If you’re preparing to go to university, the things you take with you could help you adapt to your next big adventurePacking for your very first term at university can feel like a daunting prospect...

 

Covid: Hundreds of thousands of under-18s to get vaccine

Monday 19th July 2021

The vaccines minister says children at high risk from Covid will be offered the jab...

 

Jack Windsor Lewis obituary

Monday 19th July 2021

My former colleague Jack Windsor Lewis, who has died aged 94, was an expert in English pronunciation who wrote books on the subject and lectured for many years at the University of Leeds...

 

‘I have a future’: how Biden’s free community college plan could transform education

Monday 19th July 2021

Advocates argue the proposal would open doors to students who have historically been excluded from higher education and boost the economyAbdi Yusuf’s first day of middle school was tough...

 

Covid: Home-education numbers rise by 75%

Sunday 18th July 2021

"Covid anxiety" is among the explanations for the increasing popularity of out-of-school teaching...

 

Schools in England shut early for summer as record numbers are forced to isolate

Sunday 18th July 2021

Heads say ‘terrible’ lack of guidance and anger among parents over holiday chaos have led to ‘grim situation’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools across England are closing early for the summer break or moving to online teaching as tens of thousands of pupils are forced to isolate at home amid soaring levels of Covid infection...

 

‘It was devastating’: what happens when therapy makes things worse?

Saturday 17th July 2021

Therapists are meant to help people change their lives, but those who behave badly may end up doing more harm than goodCourtney thought it was strange when her therapist asked her to follow him on Instagram...

 

What did Covid teach me? It’s time for my kids to look after each other | Sindhu Vee

Saturday 17th July 2021

It was all going according to plan until my youngest interrupted Succession to ask, ‘Mama, what is a genocide?It was during one of the lockdowns of 2020 – I forget which sub-type – that I decided to go Extremely Indian Mother on my (mixed-race) kids by announcing that the two teens, Kid One and Kid Two, were to be responsible for the online schooling of their youngest sibling, Kid Three (year four, they can handle it)...

 

‘Gender is a performance’: Scotland’s first ‘drag school’ sells out

Friday 16th July 2021

Dumfries course teaches 11- to 18-year-olds how to create a persona, apply makeup and the history of drag“You can use drag to explore anything you want to,” says Natalie Doidge, the organiser of what is thought to be Scotland’s first “drag school” for teenagers, which opens its doors later this month after facing down controversy...

 

‘Creativity crisis’ looms for English schools due to arts cuts, says Labour

Thursday 15th July 2021

Number of GCSE music and drama students fell by a fifth over last decade, research findsSchools in England face a “creativity crisis” with the number of creative arts students and teachers down by as much as a fifth in some subjects after a decade of underinvestment, Labour has warned...

 

Student watchdog concerned about mental health help

Thursday 15th July 2021

A survey finds more than half of UK students feel universities and colleges have not supported them enough...

 

The climate is boiling. Why has Harvard still not fully divested from fossil fuels yet? | Kim Heacox

Thursday 15th July 2021

At $42bn, the Harvard endowment exceeds the combined monetary value of many small countries...

 

Covid: Students' head concerned about mental health help

Thursday 15th July 2021

A survey finds more than half of UK students feel universities and colleges have not supported them enough...

 

Harvard represents reason and science. So why hasn’t it divested from fossil fuels yet? | Kim Heacox

Thursday 15th July 2021

At $42bn, the Harvard endowment exceeds the combined monetary value of many small countries...

 

School meals, cooking culture and farm tech: key points of the food strategy

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Recommendations include extending free school meals to more children and a reboot of food educationThe 290-page National Food Strategy proposes four main objectives: escaping the junk food cycle to protect the NHS; reducing diet-related inequality; making the best use of Britain’s land and protecting the environment; and creating a long-term shift in UK food culture...

 

Leaving burnout behind: the pain and pleasure of starting a new career in my 50s

Wednesday 14th July 2021

I spent 30 years as a journalist before deciding to become a secondary school teacher...

 

‘Never apologise for being you’: celebrities’ letters to their teenage selves

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Don’t buy the pink wheelchair – but do eat your greens (and some pizza too)...

 

Schools in England to eschew summer ‘catch-up’ and put health first

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Exclusive: heads prioritise wellbeing despite fears over lost learning in pandemic, Guardian survey revealsFewer than one in five schools in England are planning to run “catch-up” provision during the summer holiday because headteachers are worried about pupil and staff wellbeing, according to a survey of school leaders seen exclusively by the Guardian...

 

1.5m pupils out of school in England last week

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Numbers continue to rise for pupils missing school - both for Covid and non-Covid reasons...

 

Union offers legal advice to schools in case parents appeal against exam results

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Schools in England brace themselves as pupils seek to improve upon teacher-assessed gradesAn education union is providing legal advice to school leaders under pressure from parents who are threatening to bring in lawyers if they are not satisfied with their children’s exam grades this summer...

 

Covid-related pupil absences in England jump to 840,000

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Number of children out of class at its highest since schools fully reopened in March, data showsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe number of pupils absent from schools in England for Covid-related reasons is at its highest since schools fully reopened in March, with almost 840,000 children out of class last week, according to official government data...

 

A quarter of England's secondary pupils out of school

Tuesday 13th July 2021

The total includes both those absent for Covid-related issues and those absent for other reasons...

 

‘Never apologise for being you’: disabled celebrities’ letters to their teenage selves

Tuesday 13th July 2021

Don’t buy the pink wheelchair – but do eat your greens (and some pizza too)...

 

Online event: how to make clearing work for you – register now

Monday 12th July 2021

Register now for our event on Tuesday 3 August at 6pm, when expert panellists will offer tips and advice for students and parents about how best to prepare for clearing and successfully navigate the dayFor young people hoping to go to university this autumn, nerves will be running high on 10 August – A-level results day...

 

School aid for Syrian children who know war planes but not shops

Monday 12th July 2021

Protecting education in international war zones is supported with £15...

 

School for Syrian children who know war planes but not shops

Monday 12th July 2021

Protecting education in international war zones is supported with £15...

 

Parents protest over special needs support

Monday 12th July 2021

A council is accused of letting down children with special educational needs...

 

Did you solve it? Oxford university admissions questions

Monday 12th July 2021

The answers to today’s logical conundrumsEarlier today I set the following three puzzles, which have all been set during Oxford university admissions interviews for joint philosophy courses...

 

Pupils in England to get advance notice of topics in GCSEs and A-levels

Monday 12th July 2021

Plans unveiled by government are intended to mitigate learning lost over last 18 months of disruptionPupils who are due to sit GCSEs and A-levels next summer will be given advance notice of the focus of some examinations to try to mitigate for learning lost as a result of the pandemic, according to plans unveiled by the government...

 

Exams 2022: Students to get advance notice of topics

Monday 12th July 2021

A-levels and GCSEs in England next year will be adapted to take account of disruption in the pandemic...

 

Lockdown: 'Children behind in speech and understanding'

Monday 12th July 2021

Not being able to talk to friends and over-use of technology are two key factors, says charity...

 

Troubled waters: the Cambridge river dividing town and gown

Sunday 11th July 2021

King’s College’s ban on wild swimming at Grantchester Meadows prompted protests and exposed old rifts in the cityIt is a muggy, overcast day in Cambridge...

 

Letter to my teacher: creatives ​​including Kate Mosse, Ben Bailey Smith and Sathnam Sanghera ​say thanks

Sunday 11th July 2021

A great teacher can change a child’s life. ​As this school year ends, we ask ​cultural figures including Charles Hazlewood and Kerry Hudson to remember a teacher who inspired themSo, it’s July...

 

Could Leicestershire lose early school holidays?

Saturday 10th July 2021

School is always out for summer early in one part of England - but could that be about to change?Read full story...

 

The real rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge is how low they can go for money

Saturday 10th July 2021

For despots and plutocrats, the question is which universityis the better laundryAs the richer of the two rich universities, Cambridge has largely been spared, until now, the public embarrassment when – as with Oxford – an already affluent institution boasts about donations that would still look dubious even if they could be characterised as important to survival or, say, establishing meritocratic access to its treasures...

 

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