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Around 1,126,000 pupils missed class on July 16 (David Davies/PA)
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Pupils with poor mental health ‘three times more likely not to pass five GCSEs’

Researchers have warned that pupils are facing a ‘double hit’ to their educational prospects.
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Exeter University medical students offered £10,000 to defer degree for a year

A record number of students have applied to study medicine at the university this autumn.
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Scrapping GCSEs would ‘fail the most disadvantaged children’, says minister

Nick Gibb said it would be a ‘huge mistake’ to abolish exams at 16 despite growing calls for reform of the assessment system.
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Home learning activities with preschool children ‘could boost economy by £1.2bn’

One in seven three-year-olds in the UK is estimated to be at risk of ‘vulnerable’ early language skills, analysis suggests.
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Number of graduates securing full-time jobs after leaving uni drops

Figures show that black graduates are even more likely to be unemployed more than a year after finishing courses than their white peers.
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More than one million children in England out of school last week over Covid-19

Around one in seven state school pupils were off on Thursday last week due to coronavirus, figures suggest.
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Watchdog set to clamp down on universities with ‘artificial’ grade inflation

Proposals will allow the regulator to intervene more frequently in English universities and colleges where quality has slipped.
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Only quarter of public support ‘decolonising curriculum’ at universities – poll

The findings come as institutions are under pressure to reform their syllabus to ensure there is greater diversity.
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Pupils with higher GCSE grades can expect lifetime earnings boost – report

Those who perform one grade better than their peers across nine subjects have been shown to earn on average over £200,000 more in their lives.
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Most primary schools in England ‘stopped teaching languages in first lockdown’

Covid-19 has had a ‘negative impact’ on language learning for pupils in primary and secondary schools, the British Council report suggests.
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Cambridge University in talks with UAE about significant financial partnership

It is understood that it could provide the largest donation awarded to the institution in its history.
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School ‘bubbles’ to end to prevent further disruption to education – Williamson

From August 16 children will only need to self-isolate if they have tested positive for Covid-19, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs.
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Covid-related pupil absence hits new high as numbers sent home surge

The figures came as the Education Secretary looks to replace the requirement for entire school bubbles to isolate after contact with a Covid-19 case.
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Teachers ‘should assume peer-on-peer abuse is happening’ despite lack of reports

The Education Department has published strengthened safeguarding guidance which will become mandatory in all post-16 settings for the first time.
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Only one in four students feel course is ‘good value for money’ amid pandemic

Tuition fees and a lack of in-person teaching were the biggest causes of dissatisfaction among undergraduates, a survey suggests.
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GCSE and A-level exams in 2022 may be adjusted to take into account disruption

Gavin Williamson told MPs he wants to see students sitting formal exams next year, but ‘mitigations’ are likely.
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Levels of writing enjoyment among children reach record low, survey suggests

Only one in seven pupils said they write something in their spare time every day, report found.
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Proportion of pupils off for Covid-related reasons nearly trebles in a week

Covid-related pupil absence in state schools has risen to its highest rate since all schools reopened in March, figures suggest.
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MPs accused of fuelling ‘culture war’ by criticising terms like white privilege

Labour MPs on the education select committee have spoken out against the report’s focus on terminology.
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Cambridge expands bursary scheme to support students with financial pressures

More undergraduates will qualify for support as the threshold for eligibility will rise from the maximum household income of £42,620 to £62,215.
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Two in five disadvantaged pupils believe they will receive unfair grades – poll

A majority of students fear they will not be able to successfully appeal against grades they think are not reflective of ability, a survey suggests.
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Proportion of children securing first-choice secondary school place falls

More than two in five pupils in some areas have missed out on their top choice of secondary school, statistics show.
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Government intends to hold formal assessments in next school year – Williamson

The Education Secretary’s comments came as teachers across England are finalising decisions on their pupils’ GCSE and A-level grades.
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Rashford backs campaign to get parents signing up for summer holidays clubs

The Food Foundation charity has launched a video to raise awareness of the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme for children.
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Ofsted warns against ‘victim blaming’ as girls told to wear shorts under skirts

Amanda Spielman told MPs that most female pupils ‘laugh off’ being sent naked images of boys.
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Ministers knew parents would face ‘higher childcare costs’ amid lack of funding

Early Years Alliance leader will accuse Government of ‘shamelessly knowingly underfunding’ the sector after documents published.
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Oxford college should place ‘Sorry’ sign on Cecil Rhodes statue

More than 100 academics at Oxford University are refusing requests to give tutorials to Oriel College undergraduates amid the statue row.
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Oxford college staff at centre of row over Queen’s portrait receive ‘threats’

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson branded the removal of a picture of the monarch from a common room at Magdalen College ‘simply absurd’.
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Oxford and Cambridge climb to second and third in global university rankings

Of the 90 British universities ranked by QS, 28 have improved their position over the last year.
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Number of pupils in class drops before half-term amid Delta variant concerns

Nearly a third of secondary school pupils in Bolton were absent linked to Covid-19 ahead of the break, analysis suggests.
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Schools should be transparent with pupils over grading decisions to cut appeals

Heads have warned about the ‘extra burden’ being placed on schools and colleges as a result of the appeals process.
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Ministers should reintroduce face masks in classrooms in England, unions urge

Unions representing teachers and support staff have warned more pupils are likely to miss out on face-to-face lessons in weeks to come.
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Williamson accuses schools of ‘restricting’ lunch hours in catch-up row

An MP accused the education secretary of ‘presiding over nothing but blunders’ as she asked if ‘the right man resigned’.
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Learning loss ‘regressed to autumn levels’ after second wave of school closures

Primary school children lost more than two months of learning in reading when they returned to class in March, a study found.