Two-tier education in east Brighton reminds us why we must fight class privilege

Support us and go ad-free On Thursday 12 August, GCSE results reached a record high. It was also the second year running that traditional exams had been cancelled due to coronavirus (Covid-19). This year, teachers determined the results by assessing their pupils on what they’d been taught during the pandemic. Needless to say, high grades …
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Government must halt education reforms or risk ‘damage’ to teacher supply, unions warn

Support us and go ad-free Education unions and organisations have said the government must halt its plans to overhaul teacher training. They warn that the plans could cause “irreparable damage” to the supply of high-quality teachers to schools. Lacking scrutiny A joint letter to schools minister Nick Gibb accuses the government of attempting to “railroad …
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Coronavirus chaos as the education system reaches breaking point

Support us and go ad-free Schools are currently struggling to cope with the chaos surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Some have had to shut entirely. But the picture reflects the wider chaos in our education system – and the government’s wilful negligence over pupils’ and teachers’ safety. Schools in chaos The school this writer’s step …
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Ministers accused of ‘covering up’ underfunding of early years education

A new report by an early years organisation says ministers knew they were underfunding the sector, passing on the costs to parents and driving down quality. Early Years Alliance (EYA) conducted a two year FOI investigation. The alliance found that the Department for Education (DfE) only gave local authorities two-thirds of the money needed to …
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Education union defy the government as Matt Hancock is accused of gaslighting

The government’s incompetence in dealing with the pandemic has reached new levels, as it continues to ignore unions and teachers and insists on keeping schools open. If the government has its way, millions of children are set to mix in schools over the coming days. But headteachers are beginning to defy the government and keep …
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Diane Ravitch: Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary Must Overturn DeVos’s Attack on Public Schools

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Connecticut public schools commissioner Miguel Cardona for secretary of education, tapping a third Latinx person to join his Cabinet. Cardona is a former teacher who represents a sharp break from outgoing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who urged career employees at the Education Department earlier this month to “be the resistance” …
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Education body says the government’s “11th hour” testing plans for schools are “chaotic and rushed”

Support us and go ad-free Headteachers could end up working on Christmas Day to put in place “11th hour” plans for the mass Covid-19 testing of students from January, an education sector body has warned. Sam Henson, director of policy and information at the National Governance Association (NGA), said more detail was needed by teachers …
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Mother whose child died of asthma calls for education on air pollution

The mother of a girl who died following a chronic asthma attack has said she would have moved house immediately had she known the effects of dangerous levels of air pollution on her daughter’s health. Nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 after suffering numerous seizures and making almost 30 visits to hospital with breathing …
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Education secretary Gavin Williamson broke the law when removing safeguards for children in care

In a landmark judgement on 24 November, the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed that the education secretary Gavin Williamson unlawfully introduced changes to children’s social care legislation during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Statutory instrument 445 On 23 April, proposed changes to remove or dilute legal safeguards protecting children in care (statutory instrument number …
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NHS population screening: education and training

Use this guide to: download tools to help explain screening access e-learning access programme specific training sign up for screening training e-Learning Most e-learning for the NHS screening programmes is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website. This includes the Public Health England (PHE) introduction to population screening module, which explains what screening is …
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