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  • Allegations of ‘toxic’ working environment at top London school August 4, 2021
    Holland Park school governors launch investigation after 26 former teachers’ claimsGovernors at Holland Park school, a top London academy, have launched an independent investigation into allegations about the school’s “toxic” working environment under one of England’s most highly paid headteachers, and the incendiary claim that critical staff questionnaires were hidden from Ofsted inspectors.Twenty-six of the […]
    Fiona Millar
  • Lack of government Covid plan for English schools ‘unforgivable’, says report August 4, 2021
    Senior figures refused to consider likelihood of exam cancellations before second lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government’s refusal to draw up contingency plans to protect schools and exams before a second lockdown was an “unforgivable” error that left teachers and parents in England to deal with chaos, according to a new investigation […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Students apply to UK version of Erasmus foreign study scheme August 4, 2021
    More than 40,000 students could be offered places in new Turing scheme – though costs may not be fully coveredThe government’s replacement for the Europe-wide Erasmus student exchange scheme appears to have got off to a flying start – although experts warn that the final numbers of young people taking part are likely to be […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Vaccinologist Barbie: Prof Sarah Gilbert honoured with a doll August 4, 2021
    Co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab hopes it will inspire young girls to enter Stem careersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageProf Sarah Gilbert has had quite a year. The co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab has been made a dame, been given an emotional standing ovation at Wimbledon – and now a Barbie doll has […]
    Nicola Slawson
  • Giraffe grandmothers are high-value family members, say scientists August 3, 2021
    As with elephants and orcas, worldly wisdom and childcare brings group-survival perks, research suggestsPillars of family life, the community and often the workplace, grandmothers are a crucial component of human society – now researchers say they may also play an important role among giraffes.Experts conducting a review of giraffe social behaviour say female giraffes live […]
    Nicola Davis
  • If education is such a great investment, it deserves serious international backing August 3, 2021
    The World Bank and IMF should step in to finance a recovery of children’s learning chances devastated by the pandemic“Education,” wrote Nelson Mandela, “is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” One wonders what he would have made of the response to the education crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. A […]
    Kevin Watkins
  • The key to persuading people to get vaccinated | Letters August 2, 2021
    Paul McGilchrist on why governments should address misinformation clearly and repeatedly, and Des Senior and Patrick Cosgrove on public health and personal freedom Emma Brockes makes a good case against using shame and ridicule against the vaccine-hesitant (Should we shame the anti-vaxxers? That can only backfire, 31 July). However, she leaves to the very last […]
  • Ben Jennings on Latin and vaccines – cartoon August 1, 2021
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    Ben Jennings
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