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  • How are unemployed people supposed to retrain when the Tories cut training? | Polly Toynbee November 26, 2020
    A joblessness crisis is here. But despite its promises, the government is doing the bare minimumBuild, build, build, promised the prime minister in the summer. But for that, you need builders. Since time immemorial, Latin- and Greek-speaking Etonian prime ministers who can’t follow the science or evidence, clueless about skills, bemoan Britain’s lack of vocational […]
    Polly Toynbee
  • Private schools record biggest rise in top A-level grades in England November 26, 2020
    Data reveals state schools and colleges came off worse despite U-turn to make results fairerPrivate schools in England recorded the biggest increase in top A-level grades this summer, despite a government U-turn intended to make results fairer, official statistics have shown.Following the cancellation of exams due to the Covid pandemic, there was outcry when standardised […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Manchester University students win 30% rent cut after Covid protests November 26, 2020
    Rebate for period September to end of January follows a number of other concessionsThe University of Manchester has agreed to give its students a 30% cut in rent for the first half of the academic year following a fractious month of protests and rent strikes against its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.The university published a […]
    Rachel Hall
  • School uniform banks in Scotland report rising need for warm clothes November 26, 2020
    With schools told to keep windows open, and more parents out of work, the need for help has grownSchool uniform banks across Scotland are reporting a surge in demand for warm coats, jackets and PE kit as Covid guidelines on increased classroom ventilation and outdoor learning leaves children more exposed to plummeting temperatures.Sandra Douglas, the […]
    Libby Brooks
  • Minnijean Brown-Trickey: the teenager who needed an armed guard to go to school November 26, 2020
    As one of the Little Rock Nine, she was just 16 years old when she defied racist mobs at the school gates. But, once inside, even the army could not protect her from the hatred of fellow pupils. She looks back on an extraordinary lifeWhen Minnijean Brown-Trickey looks back at old pictures of 4 September […]
    Kehinde Andrews
  • Students may be compensated for lost teaching during UK lockdown November 26, 2020
    Watchdog orders university to pay student £1,000, but NUS says complaints process is ‘farcical’Students could be awarded financial compensation for lost teaching time during the Covid-19 lockdown after the higher education complaints watchdog told an institution to pay £1,000 to an international student.However, the National Union of Students (NUS) described the process for dealing with […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Have you experienced racism at a UK university? November 25, 2020
    We would like to hear from black and minority ethnic students and lecturers about their experiencesA new report has concluded that UK universities perpetuate institutional racism. The finding comes days after a black student at Manchester university was allegedly racially profiled by a security guard.We want to hear from black and minority ethnic students and […]
    Guardian community team
  • UK first-year students: have you decided to leave university? November 25, 2020
    We’d like to hear from first year students around the UK who have decided to leave university. Share your experiences with usWe’d like to hear from first year students in the UK who have decided to leave university.The coronavirus pandemic has caused increased disruption and hardship for many students around the UK as studies went […]
    Guardian community team
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