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Excellent piece on latest arguments regarding HE, FE and social mobility (Full article – THE) Mobility impacting all countries with developed international student sectors, even the less well-known e.g. New . . .

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UK: University applications surge despite coronavirus uncertainty

The number of British school leavers applying to start degree courses this autumn has surged to a record high despite uncertainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic, UCAS figures suggest (source: The Independent . . .

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School openings across globe suggest ways to keep coronavirus at bay, despite outbreaks

Here is a very informative article from Sciencemag.org that has looked at lessons learnt from different countries around the globe as they have tried to re-open schools closed by the pandemic. When Science&n . . .

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UK: 'Flexibility' this year over staying on for A-level

An interesting article from the BBC reporting that Ofqual is asking schools to allow students who did not reach usual qualifying GCSE grades this year to be allowed to stay on and enroll in A levels anyway..  . . .

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How Hong Kong's special-needs students overcome adversity to pursue their dreams

Here as an uplifting article from the SCMP about how Mary Lam and other special educational needs students in Hong Kong have succeeded at the DSE.  Mary Lam Ka-yan recalls the pressure she felt as she strugg . . .

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UK: GCSE and A-Level results expected to be higher this summer after exams cancelled

It now appears that using teacher-assessed grades has resulted in average marks being higher than they have been in the past for GCSE and GCE A Level (Note: This article does not relate to International GCSE or In . . .

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Most Hong Kong universities to resume online classes for coming semester, while officials mull phased reopening of primary, secondary schools

It appears the new Hong Kong school year will start for many students as online classes, reports the SCMP. At least six of eight publicly-funded universities in Hong Kong announced that most courses in the first . . .

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New York legislature bans use of facial recognition technology in schools

Debate continues over the use of facial recognition software in schools.  It has the potential to make schools safer and to better follow students’ attendance. However there are also a variety of privac . . .

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