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  • Pupils should keep wearing masks into the summer, Sage told ministers May 7, 2021
    New document adds to health expert and union concerns over education secretary’s plan to change advice on face coverings in class Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists on the government’s Sage committee told ministers that pupils should continue to wear face masks into the summer, according to documents released hours after the education […]
    Ian Sample Ben Quinn Richard Adams
  • Secondary school pupils no longer advised to wear masks in class, Williamson confirms May 7, 2021
    Education secretary says lockdown easing measure will go ahead despite protests from unions and othersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSecondary school pupils in England will no longer be advised to wear masks in classrooms, the education secretary has said, despite pleas by teaching unions and others for the guidance to remain in place.Gavin […]
    Ben Quinn and Richard Adams
  • The Guardian view on arts education cuts: we don’t need no philistines | Editorial May 6, 2021
    Removing funding from university arts courses signals that they don’t matter. Ministers couldn’t be more wrong“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” With the final couplet of his poem, John Keats – who died 200 years ago in Rome, aged 25 – […]
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  • Ruby Bridges: the six-year-old who defied a mob and desegregated her school May 6, 2021
    In 1960, she walked past hateful protesters to become the first Black child at a Louisiana school – and was then taught alone for a year. She discusses fear, forbearance and her fight for a better futureThis year, Ruby Bridges saw some newly discovered video footage of her six-year-old self and was terrified for her. […]
    Steve Rose
  • Plans for 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities ‘catastrophic’ May 6, 2021
    Artists and musicians speak out against proposal by education secretary and Office for Students Artists and musicians have accused the government of neglecting the country’s “cultural national health” by pursuing a “catastrophic” 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities, which could come into effect from this autumn.A consultation by the Office for Students (OfS) […]
    Lanre Bakare and Richard Adams
  • Popularity at school linked to age position in class – study May 5, 2021
    Research in England, Sweden and the Netherlands shows how age gaps can shape livesForget about having the right clothes or the right attitude, being cool in school could be about being just slightly older than your peers, a study has found.Researchers surveyed more than 13,000 teenagers aged 14-15 in England, Sweden and the Netherlands on […]
    Natalie Grover Science correspondent
  • Student Loans Company holds £18.3m in overpayments made since 2015 May 4, 2021
    Nearly 60,000 former students are owed money including £2m in unnecessary payments made in 2019-20The Student Loans Company is sitting on more than £18m in overpayments made by graduates and other former students since 2015, two years after its mountain of unclaimed refunds was first disclosed.Figures obtained through freedom of information requests show that the […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Call for masks to remain compulsory in England’s schools May 4, 2021
    Letter to education minister urges government not to relax rule yet and highlights long Covid concernsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTeaching unions, scientists, public health experts and parents are calling for masks to remain compulsory in classrooms in England to protect children and their families and reduce the risk of a third wave […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
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