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Headteachers may have no choice but to close schools amid strikes – union boss

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan is due to meet union leaders on Wednesday in a bid to avert teacher walkouts. → Read More

Education Secretary cannot guarantee schools will stay open amid teacher strikes

Gillian Keegan said introducing minimum service levels would protect ‘vulnerable children’ in schools. → Read More

Teachers in England and Wales vote for strikes in pay dispute

The National Education Union has declared seven days of walkouts in February and March. → Read More

Ofsted inspections will not go ahead in schools during final week of term

Schools and colleges will only be inspected if there are safeguarding concerns, the Department for Education has said. → Read More

Nearly one in five parents think child’s behaviour is worse than pre-pandemic

Parents said they had felt anxious, isolated and overwhelmed during the pandemic → Read More

Stormzy scholarships to pay for 30 more black students at Cambridge

The rapper called the expansion of the university programme ‘an incredible milestone’. → Read More

Harry Kane is inspiring pupils just like David Beckham inspired him, former teacher says

The England captain was a ‘model’ student with a strong work ethic at school, according to the head of PE. → Read More

Schools allowing pupils to go in late on Monday after England’s Euros final

Children have been allowed to wear football shirts, or the colours of their team, on Friday ahead of the historic sporting event. → Read More

Mary Beard’s £80k ‘retirement gift’ aims to help disadvantaged Classics students

The historian will pay the living costs of two Cambridge undergraduates from minority ethnic groups and low-income homes. → Read More

State school in east London secures more Oxbridge offers than Eton

A record-breaking 55 pupils at Brampton Manor Academy have received offers to study at the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. → Read More

One in six childminders or nurseries may close by Christmas due to coronavirus

Sixty-five per cent of childcare providers polled say the government has not provided them enough support → Read More

Oxford ranked world’s best university

The University of Oxford has been ranked first in an international league table for the fifth year in a row. A number of UK universities have slipped down the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings — with Cambridge dropping from third to sixth place and Imperial College London falling out of the top 10. Experts have warned that the pandemic heralds “a perfect storm” of huge challenges for… → Read More

A level results: Government asks universities to prioritise disadvantaged students

Independent education think tank says prioritising one group over another may not be easy → Read More

Schools to be able to appeal students’ GCSE and A-level results after outcry

Schools in England will be able to appeal their students’s GCSE and A-level results if they can show grades are lower than expected because previous cohorts are not “representative” of this year’s students. England’s exams regulator has said schools and colleges can appeal if they can prove that historical data used to standardise grades is not a reliable indicator of this → Read More

University applications surge despite coronavirus uncertainty

The number of British school leavers applying to start degree courses this autumn has surged to a record high despite uncertainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Ucas figures suggest. A record 40.5 per cent of all UK 18-year-olds have applied to university. It is the first time more than two out of five have applied by this point in the cycle, according to the university → Read More

Coronavirus: Government facing mounting pressure to scrap plans to reopen schools to more pupils next month

Ministers are facing increasing pressure from council leaders and teaching unions to reconsider their plans to open primary schools in England to more pupils from next month. Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire has joined a number of local authorities in advising its schools against reopening more widely to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from June 1 amid safety concerns. → Read More

Coronavirus: School closures have limited impact on spread of outbreak, study suggests

School closures do not appear to have a significant effect on the spread of infections during outbreaks such as Covid-19, a study suggests. Researchers found that school closures alone were predicted to reduce deaths by around 2 per cent to 4 per cent amid the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, which is less than other social distancing measures. → Read More

Coronavirus: Outdated IT systems pushed to the limit by large-scale remote working, say schools

Outdated school IT systems are struggling to cope with a surge in demand as learning has moved online during the coronavirus outbreak. Technology in many schools is like the “dark ages” compared with other sectors, the headteachers’ union warned. → Read More

Coronavirus: How will students still get A-level and GCSE qualifications and be admitted to university?

Schools across the country are closed to most pupils and A-level and GCSE exams have been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The news has left parents, students and teachers with many questions about what it will mean for teenagers hoping to start university in the autumn term. Education secretary Gavin Williamson has said that all statutory exams in England – Sats, GCSEs and A-levels –… → Read More

Coronavirus: Children could face more mental health problems amid lengthy school closures, experts warn

Vulnerable young people could be at greater risk of mental health problems amid lengthy school closures during the coronavirus pandemic, experts have warned. Children and teenagers across the country have had to cope with schools suddenly closing their doors, the cancellation of exams and a prohibition of face-to-face interactions with friends. → Read More