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UK universities test teaching link to comply with China’s internet restrictions
9th July 2020

UK universities test teaching link to comply with China’s internet restrictions


British universities are testing a new online teaching link to allow students in China to continue their studies for UK degrees. However, concerns are being raised about the dangers of self-censorship and the associated undermining of academic freedom, as the course materials are required to comply with Chinese internet restrictions.
Teachers’ union requests urgent clarification for reopening schools safely
9th July 2020

Teachers’ union requests urgent clarification for reopening schools safely


The teachers’ union, NASUWT, has written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson requesting “urgent clarification” over 13 key issues to enable schools to reopen safely in September. The union’s general secretary, Dr Patrick Roach, maintains in the letter that the significant range of measures set out in the Department for Education’s
student learning online
8th July 2020

US international students must return home if studies are online-only


International students studying in US universities on ‘F-1’ and ‘M-1’ non-immigrant visas will be required to return to their home countries if their college shifts to an online-only teaching model this autumn, the US Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agency (ICE) has announced. In a press release issued this week, ICE
Group of students taking exam
8th July 2020

Heads call for radical reduction in 2021’s exam content


More than 5,000 head teachers in England have called for GCSE and A-level exams in 2021 to be cut back. The existing government plan to proceed with all of them as normal next year is premised on the assumption that pupils will have fully caught up on missed teaching this
Scottish universities on the brink as international enrolments nosedive
7th July 2020

Scottish universities on the brink as international enrolments nosedive


A study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research for the University and College Union (UCU) has revealed that Scottish universities stand to be especially hard hit by the collapse in international student enrolment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research follows similar UK-wide findings from the Institute
School leaders complain about International Baccalaureate’s opaque grading process
7th July 2020

School leaders unhappy with International Baccalaureate grading process


Following the publication yesterday of the International Baccalaureate (IB) results, school leaders voiced frustration about what they consider a lack of transparency from the organisation over its process with grading. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of IB exams this year, with the result that grades were determined on
Ofsted to resume school and college visits in September
6th July 2020

Ofsted to resume school and college visits in September


After inspections were suspended in March due to the coronavirus lockdown, Ofsted is to resume visiting schools, colleges and providers of skills training from September but with a “twist”: grades will not be given, only letters detailing the outcomes of discussions with school and college leaders. Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda
13 UK universities at risk of closure due to Coronavirus
6th July 2020

13 UK universities at risk of closure due to Coronavirus


A new study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warns that 13 of the UK’s 165 universities are in financial jeopardy with “a very real prospect of insolvency” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic unless they receive government assistance. While universities have experienced the biggest immediate decreases in
Government temporarily bans 'conditional unconditional' university offers
3rd July 2020

Government temporarily bans ‘conditional unconditional’ university offers


The Office for Students (OfS), the Department for Education’s non-departmental independent regulator for higher education in England, will proceed with its proposal to place a temporary prohibition on the use of ‘conditional unconditional’ offers by universities. Concerns have been mounting that these offers, which do not depend on exam results,
Department for Education unveils September’s school return guidelines
3rd July 2020

Department for Education unveils September’s school return guidelines


The Department for Education (DfE) has published its detailed guidance for a safe full-time return to schools for primary and secondary pupils in England. The publication coincided with a Downing Street press briefing yesterday by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who told journalists: “By working together we will make sure that

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