Education

How US university clubs are coping with virus

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi fraternity houses in Charleston, South Carolina Fraternities and sororities form a central part of the university experience for many US students. But a coronavirus outbreak at the University of Washington in Seattle has raised questions about the pressures the pandemic places on the organisations. […]

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Coronavirus: Home-schooling has been hell, say parents

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The majority of children have been out of school since March Having to home-school during the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on both parents and children, campaigners warn. The group, Sept for Schools, says it has heard from parents reduced to tears as they balance work with educating. The […]

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Cut back GCSEs and A-levels next year, say heads

Image copyright PA Head teachers in England say GCSEs and A-levels will have to be slimmed down for next year’s exams, because of the teaching time lost in the lockdown. A grassroots group of more than 5,000 heads is warning it is “neither realistic nor workable” to catch up in full by next summer. They […]

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Coronavirus: 13 UK universities ‘could go bust without bailout’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Most universities have seen their finances harmed by the pandemic Thirteen universities face “a very real prospect” of insolvency following the coronavirus crisis unless they receive a government bailout, a study suggests. High-ranking universities with large numbers of international students face the largest immediate drop in income, says the Institute […]

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Cardiff youth offending service ‘inadequate’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Some young people were at risk of exploitation by drugs gangs Every part of Cardiff Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been rated “inadequate” by inspectors. It was given the lowest possible performance rating by HM Inspectorate of Probation and told to improve every aspect of its work. Chief Inspector of […]

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‘Dumbed down’ courses ‘take advantage’ of students

Image copyright Getty Images Universities in England have been accused by the universities minister of recruiting too many students for courses which do nothing to help their career chances. “Quite frankly, our young people have been taken advantage of,” said Michelle Donelan, at a widening access event. She warned of universities “dumbing down” and questioned […]

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‘Utter abandonment’ of special needs families during lockdown

Image copyright Getty Images Families of children with special educational needs have felt “utterly abandoned” during school closures, an MPs’ committee has been told. Witnesses told the education committee those with extra educational, physical or emotional needs had seen support “fall off a cliff” amid lockdown. Risk assessments linked to Covid-19 had been used by […]