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‘When they get in they will face a terrible reality’: can steady Starmer deliver what he promises?

Yesterday at 20:09 PM, via The Guardian

Labour’s manifesto launch was as risk-averse as its whole campaign, but what will happen under the impact of bankrupt councils, crumbling schools and an NHS in crisis?

There was no razzmattazz, no fanfare and no arty backdrop as Keir Starmer – way ahead in the polls with three weeks until election day – launched his party’s bombproof manifesto for government. The unflashy venue – the HQ...

D&T could be gone from national curriculum in four years, business leaders warn

Yesterday at 18:00 PM, via The Guardian

Design and Technology is dying out, as report finds that 20% of schools in England and Wales don’t teach the subject

Design and technology could disappear from the national curriculum within four years unless plummeting student and teacher numbers are reversed, business leaders warn.

A report by organisations including the Design Council and Design & Technology Association to be released this...

Labour candidate’s PR firm lobbied against plan for VAT for private schools

Yesterday at 15:00 PM, via The Guardian

Kevin Craig’s company works with Independent Schools Council, a leading campaigner against policy for VAT on fees

A Labour candidate runs a lobbying firm that represents the organisation battling Keir Starmer’s flagship private schools policy, the Observer can reveal.

Kevin Craig, Labour’s candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, is the founder and chief executive of lobbying firm...

Number of private school pupils rises despite claims families priced out by Labour’s VAT plan

Yesterday at 14:00 PM, via The Guardian

Independent schools in England had warned plan to charge VAT on fees was putting parents off and had shut schools

The number of children attending private schools in England has risen, new figures show, despite claims that families are being priced out by Labour’s plan to add VAT to school fees.

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) said last month that pupil numbers had fallen – a sign,...

What each party promises voters in its UK general election manifesto

Yesterday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

A look at how Labour, the Conservatives, Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru compare on key issues

UK general election live – latest updates

Of the big parties contesting the election outside Northern Ireland, all but the Scottish National party and Reform UK have now released their manifestos. So what is on offer thus far to voters on 4 July?

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UK election manifestos: views of those in education, health and social care

Friday at 18:20 PM, via The Guardian

From Labour’s free school breakfast clubs to the Lib Dems’ focus on social care, what do those who work in these areas think of what’s promised?

UK general election live – latest updates

Labour launched its election manifesto on Thursday, focusing on economic growth and the offer of a fresh start after 14 years of Conservative rule.

Here, six people who work in education, health and social care...

Liberia: House Grants Paynesville College Status

Friday at 17:26 PM, via AllAfrica

[New Dawn] Before passing the bill, lawmakers stated the necessity and benefits of creating a local institution of higher learning to serve the people of Paynesville in Montserrado County.

Mental health is main cause of rising absences in England, say headteachers

Friday at 15:21 PM, via The Guardian

Nearly nine out of 10 report marked rise in pupils missing school due to mental health issues since Covid pandemic

Children’s mental health and anxiety are the biggest drivers behind the sustained rise in school absences since the Covid pandemic, according to headteachers who said the government’s plan to raise fines for parents in England would make no difference.

Nearly nine out of 10...

You’re richer than the king but only ‘pass’ at being posh? That’s the British class system for you | Marina Hyde

Friday at 14:53 PM, via The Guardian

Like the characters in Ripley and Saltburn, the perfectly well-to-do PM longs to be even better-to-do

Psychologically speaking, I feel I understood the last two prime ministers only as they were leaving us. With Liz Truss this might seem understandable, given she was in office for 10 minutes. Then again she had been around for years – yet it was only watching her final days, and then reading...

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