Student staples: scrambled tofu and vegan macaroni cheese

Scrambled tofu One tub of nutritional yeast will sort you out for the year, and the incredible cheesy flavour it brings more than justifies a trip to Holland & Barrett. (Once you have some, make kale crisps – you’ll never look back.) Serves 2 One block medium tofu (broken into chunks)1/2 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp turmeric2 tbsp nutritional yeast1 tbsp […]

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A-levels: why has Ofqual suspended its criteria to appeal grades?

Ofqual, the exams regulator for England, has suspended its criteria for students hoping to challenge their A-level grades on the basis of their mock exam results. What has happened to the promised exam appeals process? Last Tuesday Gavin Williamson announced that pupils in England could use grades from their mock exam to appeal if they were “unhappy” with the results […]

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A-level student launches legal bid against Ofqual

An A-level student has launched a legal bid against the exams regulator Ofqual to “force them to come up with a fairer system”. The Good Law Project, which is supporting six other students over a judicial review of Ofqual’s “failings”, has so far raised almost £60,000 by crowdfunding to cover legal costs. Curtis Parfitt-Ford, 18, accused the government of “playing […]

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Controversial exams algorithm to set 97% of GCSE results

Nearly 5 million GCSEs will this week be awarded using a controversial model that education experts fear could lead to even more results being downgraded than in last week’s A-levels fiasco. According to analysis shared with the Observer, more than 4.6 million GCSEs in England – about 97% of the total – will be assigned solely by the algorithm drawn […]

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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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