• The Guardian view on Gavin Williamson: plans not fit for purpose | Editorial

    The Guardian view on Gavin Williamson: plans not fit for purpose | Editorial
    Transforming schools into academies won’t improve them. But the education secretary appears not to have any new ideasSchools are having a hard time. Teachers and other staff, the majority of whom are unvaccinated, continue to go to work every day in crowded buildings, surrounded by children who have also not been jabbed. While Covid rates are currently low, teenagers had the highest infection rate of any age group in December. Given the possibility that such a scenario could repeat itself,
  • Did you solve it? A tray of Portuguese delights

    Did you solve it? A tray of Portuguese delights
    The solutions to today’s puzzlesEarlier today I set you four puzzles by Paulo Ferro, a Portuguese puzzle maker.1. Trapezium or trap-not-so-easy-um? Continue reading...
  • Is it the end of history in universities?

    Is it the end of history in universities?
    Peter Purton urges academics to challenge the government’s views on the purpose of education. Plus letters from Jude Wilkinson, Geoff Timmins and Nigel KnowlmanAmong mountains of depressing news, your report on the further removal of history from core university subjects may appear just a hillock, 1 May) (Studying history should not be only for the elite, say academics. The statement that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it has rarely been shown to be so true a
  • G7 nations to agree on global plan to help 40m girls into education

    G7 nations to agree on global plan to help 40m girls into education
    Talks between US secretary of state and Dominic Raab come as Britain cuts foreign aid to the sectorThe US secretary of state is to hold talks with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, while the UK is on the back foot over plans to set new global targets to help girls’ education at a time when London is drastically cutting aid to the sector.Antony Blinken’s trip to London for the G7 meeting will include discussions with other foreign and development ministers on Tuesday and Wednesda
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  • Former Ofsted chief drafted in to help Pimlico academy head

    Former Ofsted chief drafted in to help Pimlico academy head
    Sir Michael Wilshaw advising London secondary after staff and students revolt over uniform and curriculumThe former chief of Ofsted has been drafted in to advise the headteacher at Pimlico academy, the London secondary school at the centre of protests over allegations of race discrimination.Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector of schools in England, said that he had been asked to visit the school to offer his expertise to the new headteacher, Daniel Smith. Continue reading...
  • Can you solve it? A tray of Portuguese delights

    Can you solve it? A tray of Portuguese delights
    Custard tarts for the brainUPDATE: The solutions are now up here.Today, four tasty treats from Paulo Ferro, a puzzlesmith from Porto.1. Trapezium or trap-not-so-easy-um? Continue reading...

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