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Government urged to fund extra year of study for college leavers to tackle impact of Covid
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Government urged to fund extra year of study for college leavers to tackle impact of Covid

The government has been urged to fund an extra year of study for college students who need it in light of the coronavirus pandemic. A cross-party group of MPs and peers have put forward suggestions to the education secretary on how to support colleges and its pupils affected by Covid-19. In a letter to Gavin Williamson, the group — which includes Tory...

Delay school return in England by two weeks over Covid, union urges
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Delay school return in England by two weeks over Covid, union urges

Schools should be allowed to remain closed for the first two weeks of next term, the UK’s biggest teaching union has said, as a leading scientist warned of early signs that a new Covid strain may infect children “slightly more effectively” than previous variants. The National Education Union (NEU) called for online lessons to replace...

Heads angry after two councils forced to back down over Covid school closures
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Heads angry after two councils forced to back down over Covid school closures

Headteachers have reacted with anger after the government ratcheted up pressure on schools to remain fully open in the run-up to Christmas, threatening legal action against a London council after forcing two others to back down. On Tuesday evening, Islington became the latest to retreat after a letter was sent by the government. It told the Labour-led...

‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years
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‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years

Student activists are preparing for the biggest wave of university rent strikes in four decades amid growing frustration at heavy-handed hall lockdowns, the prospect of paying for empty rooms and little face-to-face teaching when they eventually return in the new year. There are at least 20 rent strikes currently under way or being organised on campuses,...