Education News

3rd August 2020

Reopening schools in September “safe”, says minister

A senior government minister has said that reopening schools in September will be safe and remains an “absolute priority” for the government. Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Authorities, has been talking over the weekend to various sources, seeking to allay fears that the government’s
31st July 2020

Teacher training applications rocket by 65% during lockdown

Rising worries about a stuttering jobs market have driven a record surge in the number of people applying for teacher training courses in England, the higher education admissions service UCAS has revealed. Data released this week by UCAS reveals that over 21,000 graduates have signed up to take teacher training
31st July 2020

Study reveals “huge impact” universities have on local economies

A new study commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU) and analysed by social and economic research consultancy Hatch Regeneris has revealed that universities are frequently the biggest local employers in the UK. The report highlights the “huge impact” that higher education institutions have on local economies. The analysis
30th July 2020

New poll reveals undergraduates fear unemployment due to COVID-19

A new report from social mobility charity the Sutton Trust has found that almost half of university students in the UK believe that the COVID-19 crisis has reduced their prospects of securing employment upon graduation. The study commissioned Generation Z research and insight specialists YouthSight to survey 895 undergraduates currently
30th July 2020

DfE should have done more for schools during lockdown, says minister

The chair of the Commons Education Select Committee has suggested that the Department for Education (DfE) should have offered more support and guidance to schools during the COVID-19 lockdown because too many children have missed out entirely on learning. Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee and minister
29th July 2020

List of universities impacted by Blackbaud data breach grows

More British universities have revealed that they were casualties of the data breach incident at cloud services supplier Blackbaud. Newcastle University has now publicly disclosed that its data had been compromised by the breach. Responding to a query from the BBC, a spokeswoman for the university said: “We were made
29th July 2020

Teaching unions urge government to mandate face masks in schools

Teaching unions have urged the government to make face coverings mandatory for teachers and support staff when schools in England reopen in September. They maintain that the measure is necessary to protect against potential COVID-19 infection and help contain the possible spread of the virus. At present, the Department for
28th July 2020

New government tech academy proposed in the US

A novel academic development to advance government access to cutting-edge tech talent is being proposed in the US. An independent advisory committee to the US Department of Defense has suggested the creation of a new government-owned university to boost the number of tech graduates entering the federal administration. The National
28th July 2020

Schools and colleges should be ‘flexible’ over progression to A-level

The exam regulator Ofqual has instructed schools and colleges in England to exercise greater leniency this year in relation to pupils who wish to progress to A-level studies. The watchdog has recommended to English schools and colleges that they should show “greater flexibility” toward pupils who have not achieved the
27th July 2020

University students risk spreading COVID-19 over the summer

Scientific advisers to the British government have raised concerns that university students coming back home from campus for the summer holiday could unwittingly act as COVID-19 disseminators, spreading the virus across the country. The experts, who are members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), cautioned about the possibility

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