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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More students say university not value for money

More students think they are not getting good value for money from university, suggests an annual survey. It found 31% of students thought their courses were poor or very poor value, up from 29% last year. The survey, based on 10,000 students across the UK, was gathered in a year disrupted by Covid-19 and lecturers’ strikes. “Because of strikes and […]

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Boris Johnson urged to set out recovery plan for schools in England

Boris Johnson needs an urgent national plan to get all pupils back to school in England from September, with an army of support staff, the requisitioning of public buildings and extra help for disadvantaged students, unions and cross-party MPs have said. As the government admitted that most primary pupils in England would not get back to the classroom before summer, […]

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UK students: what impact is coronavirus having on your chosen career?

Are you an undergraduate whose chosen career is in jeopardy in a post-coronavirus world – or do you have concerns that the profession you’re working towards is now potentially more risky?  We’re keen to talk to those about to graduate – or who have just applied to start courses – in the performing arts, travel industry, hospitality and restaurant/food sectors. […]

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Gordon Leff obituary

My friend Gordon Leff, who has died aged 93, was a historian whose writing on medievalism covered an extraordinary range, beginning with his first book in 1958, Medieval Thought: St Augustine to Ockham. Many more works followed, including  a series of monographs on 14th-century thinkers, Bradwardine (1957), Richard FitzRalph (1961), Gregory of Rimini (1963) and William of Ockham (1975), and […]

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