Education policy

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Boris Johnson tells schools in England to end mask-wearing policy
PM removes requirement for face masks to be worn in schools despite headteachers’ concerns

Richard Adams and Rowena Mason

21, Jan, 2022 @5:21 PM

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OfS publishes plans to punish English universities for poor value for money
Tens of thousands of students are enrolled at institutions that could fail to meet new minimum standards

Richard Adams Education editor

20, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Plan for pupils to learn 1,700 words for language GCSEs gets go-ahead
Teachers criticise DfE decision, saying narrow focus on grammar and vocabulary will put students off

Richard Adams and Anna Bawden

14, Jan, 2022 @4:25 PM

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Parents in England feel ‘disempowered’ by school choice, study finds
In Scotland children are assigned to local schools and families are more likely to be satisfied by the outcome

Richard Adams Education editor

14, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘I’ve felt quite proud’: the diverse curriculum inspiring school pupils
Free resource proves widely successful with more than 2,000 schools across the UK signing up

Aamna Mohdin Community affairs correspondent

07, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Schools in England may suspend certain subjects to cope with Covid
Proposals on DfE portal suggest classes such as music could be sacrificed if staff sickness demands

Sally Weale Education correspondent

04, Jan, 2022 @3:54 PM

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Combine classes in case of Covid staff shortages, DfE tells teachers in England
Tories criticised for failing to tackle Omicron earlier as Covid infections are still high

Richard Adams and Andrew Sparrow

02, Jan, 2022 @6:56 PM

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‘Many hold Gove responsible’: education guru sets out what’s wrong with England’s schools
People are yearning for a new educational age, says Sir Tim Brighouse in his new book with Mick Waters

Fiona Millar

01, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Staff shortages could force schools in England to send some pupils home
Headteachers say absence caused by spread of Omicron variant could undermine government’s effort to keep children in schools

Richard Adams Education editor

27, Dec, 2021 @12:59 PM

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Wanted: former teachers who don’t mind risking their lives | Letter
Letter: Zero-hours contracts and exposure to Covid – Doreen Worthington on the delights of education policy under the Conservatives

Letters

20, Dec, 2021 @6:18 PM

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Omicron leads many UK schools to close early for Christmas
In defiance of No 10 guidance, terms are ending and schools preparing for online learning in January

Richard Adams Education editor

16, Dec, 2021 @5:57 PM

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Heads warn of Omicron chaos in English schools, with staff and pupils absent
Some schools said to have up to half their teachers off due to Covid, and there are fears parents will keep pupils at home

Sally Weale Education correspondent

13, Dec, 2021 @4:57 PM

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