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Daily News Summary
5 August 2021

image Exams 2021: 'Attainment gap between state and independent schools thought to have widened this year'
image Coronavirus: All 16 and 17-year-olds to be offered COVID vaccines within weeks
image 'Young adults becoming too sensitive due to therapy culture in schools'
image New guidance orders teachers in Scotland to commit to promoting 'social justice'

Exams 2021: 'Attainment gap between state and independent schools thought to have widened this year'

 

According to The Times, sources close to the Government believe a greater proportion of A and A* grades than last year could go to privately educated pupils when A-level results are released next week. By Nicola Woolcock.

Tes has produced a checklist of the options teachers can offer students who miss their grades on GCSE results day. By Grainne Hallahan.

A Tes editorial looks at how grade inflation happens at GCSE and A-level, and what steps are put in place to prevent it.

Findings from UCAS indicate that one in five students who do not intend starting a traditional degree course this autumn have an apprenticeship as their preferred plan. By Julia Belgutay, Tes.

 

Coronavirus: All 16 and 17-year-olds to be offered COVID vaccines within weeks

 

Following a rethink by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), it has been announced that healthy teenagers aged 16 and 17 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine within weeks and will be able to overrule their parents to get vaccinated. By Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph.

While heads have welcomed plans to vaccinate all over-16s against COVID-19, the Association of School and College Leaders has said the Government should keep vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds under review. By Nicola Woolcock, The Times.

Nicola Sturgeon is considering a plan which would see coronavirus vaccines offered to all children over 12 at school or as their parents are given booster jabs. By David McCann, The Times.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London have found teachers across England were overwhelmed by an “avalanche” of information issued by the Department for Education (DfE) during the coronavirus pandemic. By Richard Adams, The Guardian.

iNews reports that negotiations between universities and the Government are ongoing over how to manage an anticipated influx of students from red list countries without overwhelming the UK’s hotel quarantine system. By Cahal Milmo.

 

'Young adults becoming too sensitive due to therapy culture in schools'

 

In an essay for the Higher Education Policy Institute, Dennis Hayes, emeritus professor of education at Derby University, warns that young people are growing up with a "victimhood" complex due to "therapy culture" in schools. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

 
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The Telegraph

New guidance orders teachers in Scotland to commit to promoting 'social justice'

 

Claims of left-wing bias have been levelled at new guidance from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which says all teachers in Scotland must commit to promoting "social justice, diversity and sustainability". By Marc Horne, The Times.

 
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The Times

 

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