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New COP26 packs for schools

The new pack is hosted on the COP26 website is designed to engage students on climate action, encourage conversations about tackling climate change, and help students learn more about the COP26 summit in Glasgow this year. This will include a guide...
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COP26 launches environment education packs for UK schools and students
Schools across the UK are being encouraged to start a conversation on climate change with their students, ahead of the UK hosting global climate summit COP26 later this year, as the Together for Our Planet Schools Pack launches today (Thursday 10 June)
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Graduate unemployment rising

The unemployment rate for recent graduates in England aged 21 to 30 reached 6.3% in 2020, after it had gradually fallen over nearly a decade since a peak of 6.5% in 2012, in the middle of the coalition government’s austerity drive. The figures also...
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Graduates face highest unemployment rate since austerity era – report
Department for Education survey finds young people in England hit hardest by job shortages due to pandemic
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Past school record to grade pupils

It has emerged that the past performance of schools will be taken into account in a system for awarding Scottish pupils their end-of-year grades this year. Education Scotland said most councils had developed “data analysis tools” allowing pupils’...
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Fresh pupil grading row in Scotland over council plans to challenge 'anomalous' results
Education Scotland said most councils had developed “data analysis tools” allowing pupils’ performance to be compared to previous years.
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More free school meals

Currently all P1 and P3 pupils in Scotland are entitled to free school lunches but children in P4 will be eligible in the new school year with P5 pupils having to wait until January. By the time P5 children are offered the meals about 90,000...
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Free school lunches for all children in P4 and P5 in Scotland
All pupils in P4 will be entitled to a school meal from August, while P5s will be offered lunches by January.
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Social media tips for parents

Some useful social media tips explained in a straightforward and helpful was by Danny...
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Social Media for Parents : 10 Top Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe
Here's 10 things for parents to consider when thinking about keeping their kids safe when using social media. Online safety advice.
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Is there enough cash for "recovery"?

On the same day that the DfE announced a "huge expansion" of tutoring as the next step of education recovery the Education Recovery Commissioner for England, Sir Kevan Collins, resigned over the lack of "credible" Covid catch-up...
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School catch-up tsar resigns over lack of funding
England's school recovery commissioner Sir Kevan Collins quits, saying the funding "falls far short".
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Finally!

Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) are to be reformed amid criticism of the plans put in place to replace school exams. The announcement came shortly after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she had full confidence...
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Scottish exams body to be reformed amid grades row
The announcement comes amid criticism of the SQA over plans put in place to replace school exams this year.
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No plan at DfE say MPs

Despite being involved in a cross-government exercise in 2016 on dealing with a flu pandemic, the DfE was unprepared for the challenges of Covid-19 according to a report by the Public Accounts Committee. Meg Hillier MP, chair of the committee said...
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Department for Education had no Covid plan, say MPs
The Public Accounts Committee says children in England had "very unequal experiences" during the pandemic.
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200 owe £100k+ in student loans

The biggest student debt on record is £142,662, another owes £134,253, eight have debts of more than £120,000 and 200 have loans over £100,000. 17,000 students have debts of between £70,000 and £100,000 and 63,000 owe £60,000 to...
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Student debt system 'out of control' as graduates leave uni with £100k to repay
EXCLUSIVE: New figures acquired by the Sunday Mirror show 4.5million students have debts totalling to £100billion, showing the system is a 'runaway train'
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Teacher judgement is best, say union

The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association say “it’s not too late” for Shirley-Anne Somerville, the new Education Secretary, to take action to stop “the exams debacle” and ensure pupils’ grades are based wholly on teacher judgement. A Scottish...
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'It's not too late': New education secretary urged to cancel high school pupil assessments
Scotland’s new education secretary is under increasing pressure to halt the controversial senior pupil assessment process underway in high schools, and to sack the board of the “failing” Scottish Qualifications Authority.
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Parents' meetings to stay on line?

Families say that online parental consultations are better, more flexible, more convent and should stay after the pandemic. Catch-up tsar Sir Kevan Collins agrees. "The way that schools do parents’ evenings I don’t think will ever be the same...
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Parents' evenings 'to stay on Zoom after pandemic'
The government’s Covid school catch-up tsar said the evenings were “much better” when held remotely.
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Will a longer school day help?

The government is looking at how the US, France and the Netherlands timetable their school days. All have more “instructional hours” than the UK. An alternative to having a longer day to help children catch-up on lost learning could be a five-term...
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Minister says ‘intuitive’ to look towards longer school day to make up for Covid disruption
Education recovery tsar looking at proposal ‘very seriously’, Nick Gibb says
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CyberFirst all-female challenge

Girls across the UK have been competing in the National Cyber Security Centre's CyberFirst Girls competition. Tasks included ethical hacking, cryptography, decoding and logic tasks. bbc.co.uk/...
BBC World News - Click, Seeing is Believing, The contest inspiring future female code breakers
Contest inspires next generation of female code breakers
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Parents: "Scottish system is unfair"

In an open letter to the first minister and the SQA, Connect, a group representing almost 2,000 parent councils, says young people are doing assessments which are, in effect, exams "within school time". Connect warn that pupils face an even more...
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Parents question fairness of Scottish exam assessments
Connect has warned schools are taking "different approaches" across the country due to the pandemic.
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Does anyone have a spare £13.5bn?

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has calculated that a funding package of over £13 billion is needed to tackle the long-term impact of Covid. So far the government has set aside £1.7 billion. The EIP report recommends a variety of policies,...
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Around £13.5bn needed to help children catch-up from pandemic, think-tank finds
‘If we fail to make good the lost learning, there will be significant adverse implications,’ Education Policy Institute boss says
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Mental Health Awareness cash boost

£17m to be spent upgrading support in education as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. The money will be put towards training mental health leads and staff in schools. In turn they will help children experiencing problems brought on by the...
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Millions to go towards boosting mental health support in schools to tackle impact of Covid pandemic
Gavin Williamson says next few months are ‘crucial’ in supporting recovery
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Some progress in Oxford admissions

The number of undergraduates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds admitted to Oxford university reached a record high last year, though black students are still under-represented on certain courses and in certain colleges. Also the...
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Oxford accepts record number of students from deprived areas but ‘worrying cold-spots’ in north
Just 15.9 per cent of admissions came from northern England, while black students remain under-represented on certain courses
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£900m funding fails to close gap

A new report claims that the £900 million of targeted education funding in Northern Ireland has not made any demonstrable difference in narrowing the educational attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent counterparts. It...
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Work to be done to address educational attainment inequalities, finds report | ITV News
The report found over £900M of funding has not made any demonstrable difference in narrowing the educational attainment gap.
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Views of Scottish education

BBC interviews with five people from their election panel whose experiences in education will influence their vote tomorrow. bbc.co.uk/...
Scottish election 2021: How do voters feel about education?
Five voters share their experiences of learning and teaching in Scotland and their hopes for the future.
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Concerns over SNP policy

Poorer children are not feeling the benefit of government education policy in Scotland. The SNP leader's "defining mission" to provide equality for pupils from the most and least deprived areas of Scotland is under scrutiny with experts saying it...
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SNP's failure to close poverty-related education gap 'an enormous tragedy'
Nicola Sturgeon warned her ‘defining mission’ to provide equality for pupils from the most and least deprived areas of Scotland has failed