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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 absenceā€¦ 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. […]

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Coronavirus: Scottish schools aim to reopen full-time in August

Image copyright Getty Images Scottish schools are aiming to reopen full-time with no physical distancing in August if coronavirus continues to be suppressed, John Swinney has said. Schools had been preparing to return with a “blended” model of face-to-face teaching and at-home learning. But the education secretary said “significant progress” had been made in controlling […]

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GCSEs and A-levels likely to be later next summer

Image copyright PA Next year’s A-levels and GCSEs in England could be pushed back later into the summer to allow more teaching time, says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. This would allow schools to catch up some of the time lost since the lockdown. Mr Williamson told MPs he would be consulting the exam regulator Ofqual […]

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Plans for a national tutoring programme to be unveiled

Image copyright PA Media Pupils who have fallen behind during school closures are expected to be offered focussed tuition as part of the government’s catch-up plans. England’s schools will receive funding for support through a national tutoring programme to run for up to three years. The scheme will use proven tutoring organisations and charities, using […]