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David Lammy says England is failing those who don’t go to university

Monday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Former universities minister warns that the lack of vocational alternatives is entrenching inequality

England’s education system is failing young people who don’t go to university because there are too few quality routes for vocational education, says David Lammy, a Labour MP.

“If you are academic, [England] is still one of the best countries in which to be born, particularly if you’re...

Teachers to be trained to spot mental health issues early

Sunday at 23:30 PM, via The Guardian

PM to pledge new materials and guidance for schools as part of prevention initiative

Theresa May is to announce that all teachers in England and Wales will be trained to spot the early signs of mental health issues in children as part of a package of measures aimed at prioritising prevention.

With her premiership entering its final weeks, May is keen to salvage a domestic legacy from her three...

The Guardian view on impoverished schools: charity is not the answer | Editorial

Sunday at 19:30 PM, via The Guardian

Headteachers are being forced to beg for donations. It makes a mockery of ministers’ talk of fair funding

The contraction of school budgets over the past three years is one of many grave errors of judgment by this government, and has compounded the mistakes of the previous one. That departing prime minister Theresa May now appears to recognise this, and is reportedly seeking a three-year,

May I have a word about… the intriguing profession of cryptozoology | Jonathan Bouquet

Sunday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

Why didn’t my careers adviser suggest that I take up the study of Nessie, the chupacabra or the Mokele-mbembe?

I well remember my school careers adviser shaking his head and saying that I was fit only for the armed forces or the police, which rather demeans these noble professions. Shame he didn’t show more imagination and suggest that I become a cryptozoologist, a calling I only came across...

A-level maths paper leaked online before exam

Saturday at 10:15 AM, via The Guardian

Exam board Edexcel launches investigation after Twitter post offers full paper for £70

An investigation has been launched after an A-level maths paper was circulated online before the exam.

Images of the test paper by the exam board Edexcel appeared on social media on Thursday afternoon.

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Nations must protect spending on the vulnerable, says IMF chief

Friday at 15:30 PM, via The Guardian

Shift in stance comes as more countries raise concerns about inequality – Christine Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund is urging countries to protect spending on health, education and vulnerable groups amid growing concern among its members about excessive levels of inequality, its managing director has said.

Announcing the change of approach in an interview with the Guardian, Christine...

The Trump administration is waging a quiet war on education | Ross Barkan

Friday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

The Trump/DeVos vision of American education? Unshackle the rich and let them turn a profit at the expense of working-class students

Perhaps nothing illustrates the perverse nature of Donald Trump’s administration better than his approach to the regulatory state. In Trump’s America, those most zealously dedicated to unraveling federal oversight are in charge of the government, racing to...

Another Etonian leader? Time for Labour to challenge the might of private schools | Robert Verkaik

Friday at 07:00 AM, via The Guardian

As the Tories edge towards anointing Boris Johnson as prime minister, Corbyn should commit to checking this elitist system

Not since Harold Wilson’s government set up a commission to deal with the “public school problem” has the Palace of Westminster hosted an event that could bring about the dismantling of Britain’s educational apartheid. But MPs this week held a debate on a programme...

Jessica Biel denies she is an anti-vaxxer after opposing California vaccination law

13 June at 16:45 PM, via The Guardian

The actor said she was ‘not against vaccinations’ despite joining prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr in opposition to a bill intended to reduce medical exemptions

Jessica Biel denied suggestions she was a supporter of the anti-vaccination movement after spending the day lobbying lawmakers in the US with advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr.

After news emerged of her opposition to a vaccine bill...

Fifth of pupils in England miss out on first choice of secondary

13 June at 15:34 PM, via The Guardian

Percentage of pupils getting an offer from any of their preferred schools drops

The proportion of students getting into their first choice secondary school has dropped to its lowest level for a decade as pupil numbers surge, official figures show.

The statistics show the pressure on primaries has started to shift to secondaries. Since 2013, when secondary applications were at their lowest,...

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