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Wales urged to scrap GCSE exams in favour of assessments
Qualifications Wales urges ministers to scrap written exams for GCSEs, but keep one exam per A-level.

New college opening with degrees with no subjects
A new higher education institution will be the first since the 1960s to open with its own degree powers.

School tours turn virtual ahead of application deadline
With the pandemic limiting open days, schools are turning to promotional videos to attract students.

Covid Christmas: Rapid tests could get students home
Covid testing pilot projects are launched in universities - as plans begin to get students home at Christmas.

More children in England missing school over Covid-19
The percentage of pupils in England's schools fell last week from 89% to 86%, statistics show.

School meals: Boris Johnson refuses to move on school meal vouchers
The prime minister insists he has the right approach and no child will go hungry this winter.

Students in Scotland may not be home for Christmas
John Swinney says there is a "realistic possibility" students will be asked to stay away from their families.

'Generation Covid' hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals
People aged 16-25 were more than twice as likely as older workers to have lost their job

Covid: Laptop allocation for deprived pupils cut at some schools
One head teacher says he was "flattened" when the 61 laptops he was expecting was cut to 13.

School meals: Councils promise help after Rashford campaign
Birmingham is among authorities promising help at half-term, as the footballer steps up pressure.

Covid-19: Schools may need to close to some year groups, scientist warns
Sending some children home may be the only way to control infection rates, Prof Neil Ferguson says.

Covid cases in half of N. Ireland schools
There have been 2,030 confirmed Covid cases in schools since the start of term, says the Public Health Agency.

Emergency powers adopted to require schools to teach online
The government adopts emergency powers under the Coronavirus Act to ensure schools offer remote learning.

Children 'must be the priority' in Covid-19 planning
England's Children Commissioner calls for package to tackle a "rising tide of childhood vulnerability".

Schools in poorer areas lack catch-up cash
Schools in disadvantaged areas could be "badly placed" for funding, says Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Leaving care: ?I made it to university, but then I fell through the cracks'
Young care leaver Kim Emenike made it to university against the odds - then social services forgot about her.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and his mum help out at foodbank
Charity FareShare has named a new warehouse after the footballer's mother, Melanie.

Coronavirus: Are disabled uni students getting enough help?
As universities adapt to the coronavirus pandemic is enough support being given to disabled students?

The battle over what US children learn about American history
As President Trump pushes "patriotic education", some teachers want US history curriculum reform.

Covid on campus: Students fed up with being blamed for virus spike
As Covid cases surge on US campuses young people say politicians should also take responsibility.

'Cities as friendly to strangers as towns and villages'
Researchers test reactions to strangers in need of assistance - with Nottingham the most helpful.

Boris Johnson urged to intervene to 'save outdoor education'
Outdoor centres warn coronavirus rules mean they cannot reopen and could fold.

Will next summer's exams be cancelled?
How will A-levels and GCSEs be run next year when so much teaching time has been lost?

Coronavirus: The story of the big U-turn of the summer
The Department of Education and Ofqual will face public scrutiny to explain the exam confusion, the colossal U-turn and resignations. What went wrong?

Ministers 'sticking fingers in ears' over 2021 exams
Teaching unions accuse the government of burying head in sand over next summer's exams

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