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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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Coronavirus: Home-schooling has been hell, say parents

Image copyright Getty Images Image 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. […]

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

Image copyright Getty Images Image 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 […]

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‘Dumbed down’ courses ‘take advantage’ of students

Image copyright Getty Images Universities in England have been accused by the universities minister of recruiting too many students for courses which do nothing to help their career chances. “Quite frankly, our young people have been taken advantage of,” said Michelle Donelan, at a widening access event. She warned of universities “dumbing down” and questioned […]

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Penalty fines for missing school next term

Image copyright AFP Image caption All pupils are expected to be back full time in school in September Parents in England who do not send their children back to school in September will face fines, says the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. “Unless there’s a good reason for absence… we’d be imposing fines on families,” he […]

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Reception assessments delayed amid school disruption

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Schools will focus on offering extra support to pupils in the wake of coronavirus Plans to introduce a baseline assessment for Reception pupils are being delayed a year to September 2021. The Department for Education has written to all primary schools in England following discussions with head teachers’ unions. […]