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universities must support mature learners for economic recovery
1st July 2020

Universities must support mature learners for economic recovery


A prominent figure in academia has called on the UK government to make it easier for mature learners to upskill through higher education so that they can play a full and productive part in national economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck, University of London, points
New survey finds most parents oppose SATs next year
1st July 2020

New survey finds most parents oppose SATs next year


A new survey has found that a large proportion of parents believe that SATs should be cancelled next year, while over two-fifths (41%) of Year 5 pupils are already anxious about taking SATs next year. The survey was conducted on behalf of YouGov by educational campaigning group More Than a
Leaked back-to-school safety plans suggest year-group bubbles
30th June 2020

Leaked back-to-school safety plans suggest year-group bubbles


Secondary pupils in England could be grouped into year-group bubbles of up to 240 children under new Government proposals to safely reopen schools in September. At present, class sizes for primary schools are limited to 15 children to lower their interaction rate, but plans are afoot to double this in
All cancelled GCSE and A-level exams reinstated in autumn
30th June 2020

All cancelled GCSE and A-level exams reinstated in autumn


Students that are dissatisfied with any GCSE and A-level grades that will be awarded over the summer will have the opportunity to sit previously cancelled exams covering all subjects in autumn, Ofqual has announced. The coronavirus pandemic led the government to cancel all of these exams this year. As a
Government covers university deficits as overseas student enrolment collapses
29th June 2020

Government covers university deficits as overseas student enrolment collapses


British universities are to gain access to additional funds to help compensate for a sharp decline in overseas student numbers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ministers have announced that low-interest loans and grants will come on stream to plug 80% of recent income deficits arising from a steep fall-off in
PM announces new funding for 10-year school rebuilding project
29th June 2020

PM announces new funding for 10-year school rebuilding project


Boris Johnson has announced that his government will provide additional funding of £1bn for 50 major school rebuilding projects in England, with a further £560m for repairs to crumbling school buildings. The latter will be in addition to the £1.4bn that the government has already pledged for funding for improving
Has COVID-19 inaugurated a decision-making revolution in universities?
26th June 2020

Has COVID-19 inaugurated a decision-making revolution in universities?


A British academic has suggested that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on university education invites a radical change in decision-making in universities from a hierarchical model of leadership to a more distributed alternative. This will enable greater flexibility to swiftly “turn on” different modes of teaching delivery in response
Further details emerge on the September return for schools
26th June 2020

Further details emerge on the September return for schools


The Telegraph has shed further light on Government proposals for managing the reopening of schools in September. From September, social distancing rules will be lifted in schools in favour of the creation (and teacher management) of ‘bubbles’. These will be expanded in all of these establishments to facilitate the return
Scottish teachers’ hope and anger at full-time schooling announcement
25th June 2020

Scottish teachers’ hope and anger at full-time schooling announcement


Primary and secondary school teachers in Scotland have been sharing their reactions to the announcement by Scottish Education Secretary John Swinney that preparations are now commencing for the return of pupils to full-time schooling in August, the Times Educational Supplement reveals. Many Scottish councils had been anticipating a hybrid learning
MPs warned that Year 11 pupils need urgent additional tuition
25th June 2020

MPs warned that Year 11 pupils need urgent additional tuition


An education expert has raised fears that a generation of Britain’s Year 11 pupils will be ill-prepared for progression beyond school after being seriously academically neglected due to the COVID-19 school closures. Urgent action, he said, was now needed to help them catch up in the autumn. The Chief Executive

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