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Music education in UK schools devastated by pandemic, survey finds

Music education in schools is facing an “unprecedented crisis” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with singing, instrumental lessons, extracurricular activities and end-of-term concerts all badly hi . . .

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UK: GCSEs and A-levels: Extra measures 'to ensure fair exams next summer'

It is good to see that the UK Government is taking some measures to try to help this cohort of students whose studies have suffered due to the pandemic and associated lockdowns.   These measures only app . . .

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School fees too expensive? Pay in plastic! The Indian school where students pay with plastic waste

The Guardian had a great story about a school in India which accepts plastic as a form of payment to reduce toxic waste and encourage children to stay in school. “When we asked the parents to send their hou . . .

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As Hong Kong schools close again, frazzled parents go back to juggling jobs, monitoring kids' online lessons

Hong Kong’s fourth wave of  Covid-19  infections has closed schools for the rest of the year, leaving some parents having to cope once again with juggling their jobs and having their children at ho . . .

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FRIDAY ROUND-UP - A RANGE OF EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Vaccine hopes rekindle international student interest (Full article -PIE) Closing the gap year gap (Full article - Harvard GSE) Wales cancels 2021 exams (Full article - The Conversation) Contingency plans for e . . .

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UK: Proportion of students getting first-class degrees rises by nearly 90% over eight years

Grade inflation remains ‘significant and pressing issue’, OfS chief executive says (The Independent).  Grade inflation to some extent de-values earlier peoples academic achievements and makes comp . . .

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UK: Law firm 'inundated' with calls from students unhappy with tuition fees amid Covid disruption

This article from The Independent is reporting on a large increase in people asking for legal help in disputing their tuition fees due to much of the teaching taking place online. Universities have had to ada . . .

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UK: Machine learning is allowing thousands of students to sit exams at home

One effect of the pandemic has been to ‘speed-up’ the process of many more people sitting exams by computer.  An example - Better Examinations - is a  tech business that allows tens of thousa . . .

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