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  • Unions press for swift decision on vaccinating children in England June 23, 2021
    No 10 said to be leaning in favour of vaccinating older children to allow for minimal disruption over winterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters could take another fortnight before deciding whether to vaccinate teenagers, as education unions called for a swift outcome to ensure some older children could get Covid jabs before September.A […]
    Jessica Elgot and Richard Adams
  • ‘Hyper-creepy’: Gavin Williamson mocked over One Britain, One Nation song June 23, 2021
    Education secretary upsets some parents for encouraging all schools to take part in campaignFor North Korea, it is a rousing anthem with a bold opening line: “Let morning shine on the silver and gold of our land.” For Vladimir Putin, it’s a chanson-like melody, Where does the motherland begin?, from his favourite Soviet spy film. […]
    Luke Harding
  • UK students miss out on university offers amid fear of admissions boom June 23, 2021
    Some schools report students expecting three As have had no offers at allStudents are missing out on offers for popular courses as UK universities fear a repeat of last year’s pandemic admissions boom, with some making between 10% and 20% fewer offers to avoid potential overcrowding.Some schools have reported students expecting three As failing to […]
    Rachel Hall and Richard Adams
  • How white working-class underachievement has been used to demonise antiracism | David Gillborn June 23, 2021
    The MPs’ report muddles the term ‘white privilege’ and is part of a campaign to keep people angry at the wrong targetThere is a tragicomic element to the title of the latest report by MPs: The forgotten: how white working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it. If there is one group […]
    David Gillborn
  • Education department challenged over support for One Britain One Nation day June 22, 2021
    Attempt to enlist schoolchildren in day celebrating British values criticised and ridiculed on social mediaThe government has been criticised on social media after supporting a campaign encouraging schoolchildren to commemorate “One Britain One Nation” day on Friday.A tweet from the Department for Education said it was encouraging schools across the UK to celebrate the day […]
    Nadeem Badshah
  • Labour MPs who opposed education report face social media attacks June 22, 2021
    Tories had ‘political axe to grind’ over report into underachievement among white working-class pupils, say Labour MPsLabour MPs who voted against a report looking into underachievement among white working-class pupils have found themselves under attack on social media and accused of being “the real racists”.The report, published by the Conservative-dominated Commons education committee on Tuesday, […]
    Nazia Parveen and Sally Weale
  • Ben Jennings on Tory MPs ‘fuelling culture war’ with education report – cartoon June 22, 2021
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    Ben Jennings
  • The Guardian view on dog-whistle Tories: culture wars in the classroom | Editorial June 22, 2021
    MPs ought to be embarrassed by a stunt designed to whip up animosity without addressing real problems of inequality and disadvantageThe chairman of parliament’s education select committee has produced a report designed not to illuminate a problem but divert attention from it. Conservative MP Robert Halfon and his colleagues think that “white working-class” pupils have […]
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