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Instagram account shines light on institutional rape culture

TW: rape, sexual assault Following the murder of Sarah Everard, the online platform Everyone’s Invited has seen a surge in testimonies of sexual assault linked to schools and universities across the UK. The website, founded in June 2020 by Soma Sara, invites people to submit anonymous testimonies of rape culture associated with schools or universities.  Currently the […]

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Rhyme of the Times: state of poetry in schools

Poetry is not dying with a ‘dying fall’ as the poet TS Elliot might have said, and as Edinburgh academics certainly say, even though it’s been downgraded to ‘optional’ in parts of GCSE exams. Studying a poetry collection, an anthology, will no longer be compulsory in English Literature GCSE exams this year after OFQA, the […]

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Pupils must return to schools when it is safe, no earlier

On Wednesday 27th January, Boris Johnson made the announcement that in-person teaching in English schools would not resume until at least 8 March. An announcement which likely came much to the dismay of parents struggling to manage homeschooling their children alongside working from home. The staggered return to school buildings, he said, would be conditional […]

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Delayed return for schools as Sturgeon announces lockdown extension

On Tuesday afternoon, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced to MSPs the continuation of lockdown restrictions until at least the middle of February, delaying the return to in-school teaching for schoolchildren across Scotland.  This announcement came following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning when ministers decided that the risk of community transmission was too great to […]

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Scotland enters lockdown from midnight

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that from midnight tonight, Scotland will enter a lockdown similar to March 2020, with all school shut until 1st February. Amidst a steep rise in infection rates with a record 2,539 cases recorded on Hogmanay and worry about the increased transmissibility of the new variant of the virus, the ‘stay at […]

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Exams fiasco: back to the drawing board?

“Ask me my three main priorities for government, and I tell you: education, education and education”, Tony Blair famously declared in 1996. Of course, he was right, even if he didn’t stay true to his word. Access to a good education is indeed the silver bullet for many young people’s problems across the globe. It’s […]

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Religion and Diversity: London school breaks down barriers

In a time of both increasing diversity and increasing factionalism in the UK and the rest of the world, one primary school in London is making an effort to bridge religious and cultural gaps in a unique way. Simon Marks Primary School in Central London is first and foremost a Jewish school; however, half of […]