Bitter row ruining Oxford college reputation, says watchdog

A bitter dispute at an Oxford college involving accusations of “scandalous behaviour”, which were later thrown out by a retired high court judge, is damaging the institution’s reputation, the Charity Commission has said. The commission has ordered both sides at Christ Church, a charitable body and the alma mater of 13 British prime ministers, to enter into a mediation process […]

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Top private school asks teachers to exaggerate exam predictions

One of the UK’s most prestigious private schools has a policy of asking teachers to exaggerate predicted exam results for some of its lowest-performing students on university applications to help them secure offers, documents seen by the Guardian reveal. Sevenoaks school, which charges more than £38,000 a year for boarding pupils, prides itself on its students’ “tremendous record of achievement” […]

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Pre-exam pupils return to school for teacher time

Some secondary pupils in England facing exams next year are heading into school from Monday for face-to-face time with their teachers. Government guidelines only permit a quarter of the chosen year groups, 10 and 12, to be on site at a time. The move comes as ministers are urged to work with teachers and councils on a national school recovery […]

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Schools will not return full-time if 2m distancing rules are still in place, say academy leaders

Academy leaders have poured cold water on the government’s plans to get all children back to school full time by September, saying lessons will not be logistically possible if 2m social distancing guidelines remain in place. Education secretary Gavin Williamson was earlier this week forced to abandon his pledge to get all primary pupils in England to return before the […]

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Risk to children’s health from coronavirus ‘miniscule’, says government adviser

Coronavirus poses a “miniscule” risk to children’s health, according to a government adviser who supports the reopening of schools. Dr Gavin Morgan, an expert in educational psychology at University College London, said the impact of spending a prolonged period out of education was “100 per cent” worse than Covid-19. “We know how important play is for children’s development,” he told […]

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Denver nonprofit issues $5 million in post-secondary education scholarships to students

A local nonprofit organization issued $5 million in post-secondary education scholarships to Denver students in the first distribution of a .08% sales tax increase Denver voters approved in 2018 to increase college enrollment and degree completion. Prosperity Denver Fund reimbursed 16 Denver-serving nonprofit groups Monday, replenishing their dollars toward toward college scholarships and academic support services. Organizations that received reimbursement […]

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Schools expect half of pupils will stay home as year groups return

A million children in England – half of those who are expected to return when their classes reopen – are likely to stay at home on Monday rather than go back to school, as many parents, councils and teachers remain sceptical of the government’s assurances over their safety. Boris Johnson’s government has invested considerable political capital in opening classrooms to […]

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