Nursery closures ‘hugely damaging’ to young, warns charity

One in three nurseries in the most disadvantaged areas of England could be forced out of business due to financial difficulties aggravated by the coronavirus lockdown, a report by the Sutton Trust has found. The trust, an educational charity, warned that permanent closure of early-years education providers would be hugely damaging for young children from poorer families, and urged the […]

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GCSE and A-level ‘back-up’ exams for all subjects

Students who are not happy with the GCSE and A-level grades they are awarded this summer will be able to sit exams in all subjects in the autumn. This summer’s exams were cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak and school closures, and so students’ results will be based on teacher assessment. Now England’s exams regulator, Ofqual, says a “full suite”of […]

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Headteachers out of pocket and children hungry in England’s school meals chaos

Headteachers in England are accusing the government of breaking its promise to reimburse them for food costs, and parents are complaining that some caterers are letting down the poorest children, while nutrition experts have called for a children’s food commission. Chris Dyson, head of Parklands primary, in Leeds, has approached food wholesalers and joined forces with the logistics company Dennis […]

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PM promising £1bn to rebuild crumbling schools

Funding of £1bn for 50 major school building projects in England is being promised by the prime minister. There will also be a further £560m for repairs to crumbling school buildings. “It’s important we lay the foundations for a country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed,” said Boris Johnson. But head teachers said the National Audit Office had identified […]

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Payback time: academic’s plan to launch Free Black University in UK

Melz Owusu has addressed research seminars, given a TED Talk and performed raps at academic conferences to try to decolonise higher education. But eventually the Phd student and former sabbatical officer at the Leeds University union came to a realisation: “I was like, hmm, this idea of transforming the university from the inside and having a decolonised curriculum isn’t going […]

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We had a lockdown choice – care for Amy or never see her

What’s it like to get older but to still have to look after your child into their own adulthood? And during the lockdown, how does it feel to provide round-the-clock care without any outside help? “Nick and I looked at each other and said: ‘We can’t cope,’” said Jill Fenton, about her and her husband’s “daily struggle” looking after their […]

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Denver schools planning on in-person learning 5 days a week

Denver Public Schools is planning to welcome its students back to campus five days a week this fall, making a notable departure from a proposal earlier this summer to mix in-person and online learning. Superintendent Susana Cordova announced the plans Friday on Facebook, adding the district will also offer a remote, online option for families that don’t feel comfortable physically […]

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Children in England ‘back to school in September’

All pupils in all year groups in England will go back to school in September, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. At the daily coronavirus briefing, he said the government was “signed up… to bring every child back, in every year group, in every school”. Guidance on safety measures will be published in the next fortnight. It comes after the […]

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“No one predicted a pandemic”: Denver district to ask teachers to give up some raises – The Denver Post

Faced with a $65 million budget shortfall, the Denver school district plans to ask teachers to forgo some of the pay raises guaranteed by a hard-won union contract. On Tuesday, Denver Public Schools sent a letter to the Denver Classroom Teachers Association requesting to reopen their three-year agreement, which the union and district signed after a three-day teacher strike last February. “We […]

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