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  • The enduring value of an English literature degree | Letter September 24, 2021
    Students develop a range of critical, analytical and communication skills, including the ability to identify bullshit when they see it, says Diana WallaceIt’s a shame that Arwa Mahdawi thinks that her degree in English literature means that she left university “with no life skills apart from the ability to be pretentious at the drop of […]
    Letters
  • Is my son, 14, a gaming addict? He spends all his time online in his room | Annalisa Barbieri September 24, 2021
    Computer games may be filling a void left by friendships that fell away over lockdownMy son is nearly 15 and my only child. His father and I separated some years ago and they see each other regularly. My son also has a good relationship with my partner, who has lived with us for a few […]
    Annalisa Barbieri
  • Schools in England struggling to stay open amid soaring Covid cases September 24, 2021
    Many using measures abandoned by government in attempt to keep pupils in classroomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools in England are struggling to stay open in the face of increasing Covid infection rates among pupils, with many using preventive measures abandoned by the government in an attempt to keep their pupils in classrooms.In […]
    Richard Adams Education editor
  • Why do children in Britain always bear the brunt of Tory cuts? | Polly Toynbee September 24, 2021
    With such a cold and unfeeling government, it’s little wonder our birthrate is fallingThis is no country for babies. It’s no surprise the birthrate keeps falling when would-be parents face impossible obstacles. As in the 1930s, it happens in hard times. It’s no snowflake generation whim, but the result of a harsh lost decade of […]
    Polly Toynbee
  • A new start after 60: I became a priest at 63 – after 44 years as a soldier and a teacher September 24, 2021
    Newly installed in a Northumberland vicarage, Diana Johnson first felt her calling decades ago. But the church had to wait until she had raised her family – and transitionedAt 66, Diana Johnson has just embarked on her third career. She has moved to a different part of the country and become a priest with her […]
    Paula Cocozza
  • Primary Sats tests in England ‘do not appear to harm children’s wellbeing’ September 23, 2021
    Researchers at University College London find little difference in wellbeing and happiness levelsNational tests that pupils in England sit in the final year of primary school do not appear to harm children’s happiness or wellbeing, according to research by University College London.As concern grows about children’s mental health, parents and teachers have repeatedly pointed to […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • The 'new normal' at England's universities doesn't have to be so bad | Kimi Chaddah September 23, 2021
    After 18 months of social isolation and disrupted education, this is a chance for institutions to finally put wellbeing firstThis month, there’s a sense of anticipation in the air as students like me begin to return to university in record numbers. While students have been allowed on campus at various points over the past 18 […]
    Kimi Chaddah
  • Proper sobbing and perspective – what I learned when my younger daughter left home | Adrian Chiles September 23, 2021
    Seeing your children off to university isn’t easy, but it was worth dragging the dog across a crowded dancefloor to say some goodbyesThis child-leaving-home business seems to get harder every time. My first experience of it was as the child, albeit a 19-year-old one. Very upsetting it was, too. My parents went away for the […]
    Adrian Chiles
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