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  • Bus carrying students en route to exam plunges into lake in south-west China, killing 21 July 7, 2020
    Footage shows vehicle veering into oncoming traffic before crashing through barrierAt least 21 people have been killed after a bus carrying students preparing to sit their university entrance exam plunged into a lake in south-west China.The bus crashed into a guard rail and veered into Hongshan Lake in Guizhou province, leaving 15 others injured, the […]
    Agence France-Presse
  • Headteachers across England call for exams to be cut back next year July 7, 2020
    Exclusive: thousands of heads urge ministers to act to avert mental health crisis among pupils who have lost months of learningCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThousands of headteachers across England are demanding that exams be cut back next year amid fears of a mental health crisis among pupils who have lost months of […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Britain's universities are on the verge of unravelling | Glen O'Hara July 7, 2020
    The fiendish complexity of organising teaching and timetables in the context of coronavirus will push the sector to the brinkImagine a cross between a jigsaw and a chessboard, and now imagine playing games on it in 11 dimensions – including time. As universities limber up for probably their most difficult challenge since the second world […]
    Glen O’Hara
  • This year, GCSE and A-level results depend on teachers being unbiased. That's the real test | Zoe Williams July 7, 2020
    Schools and universities will have to think creatively about how to read the results of 2020The nail-biting wait for GCSE and A-level results has a surreal quality this year, as students wonder what the outcome could possibly be of exams they haven’t sat because of the Covid-19 lockdown.Most are assuming they’ll be awarded the grades […]
    Zoe Williams
  • It's not banter, it's racism: UK students accuse universities of brushing complaints aside July 7, 2020
    Statements supporting Black Lives Matter are meaningless without action over racist incidents, students sayAs one of six black medical students in a cohort of 150 at Aberdeen University, Jessica Eze, a Londoner, says it is hard to speak out about prejudice because your voice feels “too tiny”. So when a white patient in the hospital […]
    Anna Fazackerley
  • Rhodes' statue is going. Now universities must ask: what about John Locke, Elizabeth I and others? | Jonathan Wolff July 7, 2020
    UK academia has to accept its traditions and ideas have made it a hostile environment to manyThe academic world, noted FM Cornford in 1908, runs on the principle of “unripe time”. The new proposal might be an excellent idea, but the time is not yet ripe. And, he remarked, time is like the medlar fruit: […]
    Jonathan Wolff
  • England's vulnerable teenagers at risk of 'falling off the radar' July 6, 2020
    Children’s commissioner warns teenagers affected by pandemic could become prey for gangsTens of thousands of vulnerable teenagers whose lives have been disrupted by Covid-19 are at risk of slipping out of education and becoming easy prey for criminal gangs, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.Anne Longfield said more than 120,000 teenagers in England with […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • City University changes business school name over slavery links July 6, 2020
    Cass name dropped amid concerns over 18th-century merchant’s involvement in slave tradeCity University is ditching the name Cass from its business school amid concerns about the fortune Sir John Cass, the 18th-century merchant it is named after, made from the slave trade.The university announced on Monday that its oversight body, the City council, had unanimously […]
    Rupert Neate
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