Tag: Education

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Is this the end of mass student protest?

I began writing this from a graffitied wooden desk on the third floor of a spectacular Waterstones branch in Bloomsbury, Central London – a thriving student area, home to three of the capital’s biggest universities – UCL, SOAS and the University of Westminster. It happens to be the very same desk my Father sat at…

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Students, sex ed, and safety

Sex education is something many university students may think they’ve graduated from: the secondary national RSE (relationships and sex education) curriculum, however ineffective, has been taught and now is time to put theory into practice. However, the importance of a thorough and ongoing sex education should not be overlooked. Conversations surrounding anatomy, sexuality, gender, children…

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Should we mourn GCSE poetry?

Ofqual’s decision to make GCSE poetry optional in 2021 has sparked mixed opinions, with  the current Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, and other writers deeming it “a dangerous first step” in undermining the importance of the arts. Ofqual’s justification for their decision is that it will prevent students having to study complicated poems remotely. However, at…

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Sir Ken Robinson: An Obituary

On the 21st August, British educationalist, author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson died of cancer. A New York Times bestselling author, a Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick, and knighted in 2003 for his services to the arts, he was a pioneer in education who served as an international advisor on the…

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Government to introduce T-Levels

More than 5,000 post-GCSE qualifications with a low student intake are to lose funding, as the Department for Education readies itself to release new T-level courses in September of this year. This amounts to 40% of the 12,000 post-16 qualifications that are currently available in England. T-level courses are qualifications that can be taken after…

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