Parents: how are you feeling about A-level results day?

The schools minister Nick Gibb has said the “triple lock” system [accept results, use mock exams or undertake an exam resit] will apply to A-level results in England, with pupils having the right to use mock exam results if they are unhappy with their grades. If you are a parent of children who are expecting their results on Thursday, we […]

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‘This is very unfair’: anxious wait for A-level results in England

Students awaiting their A-level results in England have been racked with anxiety amid reports that the grades estimated for them after coronavirus cancelled exams could be reduced. In Scotland, the exam authority rejected a quarter of all grade recommendations from teachers this year, while south of the border nearly 40% of results submitted by teachers are expected to be downgraded […]

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Ministers reject call for weekly Covid-19 testing in English schools

Ministers have rejected a call from the children’s commissioner for England to bring in routine coronavirus testing in English schools. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, confirmed that teachers and pupils in England will not have access to routine testing when they reopen in September, and will instead be primarily reliant on hygiene and distancing measures to control any spread of […]

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Now teachers sound alarm over plans to reopen schools

Government plans to reopen all schools in September were called into question by leading scientists and the head of a major teaching union last night amid signs that cases of Covid-19 are increasing again at an alarming rate. Despite imposing new restrictions on people meeting indoors in parts of the north of England on Thursday – and postponing plans to […]

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More free school meals ‘would stop diet disaster’

Free school meals should be extended to another 1.5 million children in England, says a government-commissioned review into food and healthy eating. The National Food Strategy warns that the country’s eating habits are a “slow-motion disaster”. The review warns of the toxic connection between poor diet and child poverty. Report author Henry Dimbleby said a nutritious diet was the “foundation […]

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No statewide test this fall to assess what Colorado students missed

Colorado students won’t start the school year with a uniform diagnostic test to determine how their reading and math skills stack up after months at home with inconsistent access to virtual learning. In a letter to advocacy groups, Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes said she shared their concerns about making sure schools and students have the right support to make […]

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London job access causing social mobility gap

For Ailsa, the big “should I stay or should I go?” decision came at a Gateshead bus stop. “I thought ‘this is not for me,’” she said, thinking about a future of insecure jobs in a time and place where “industry was dead”. So she became the first in her family to go to university and then moved to London […]

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