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Month: August 2019

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‘Go here if you want depression!’: the bleak, funny world of Google school reviews

Pupils and parents use the search engine’s ratings to complain about teachers, food and fellow students – and sometimes apparently to make digs at rival schoolsIt all started because Willow was going back to school. The 17-year-old American was complai…

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Predicted grades are a lottery and work against the poorest students. Let’s get rid of them | David Olusoga

The evidence shows that the UK’s university entrance system is not only inaccurate but unfairAlong with never having got round to writing down our constitution and having a monarch who legally owns all the swans, one of the things that makes the UK a b…

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Inequality in the north of England is about far more than race | Kevin Malik

Too many people are held back in life – but dividing them into categories doesn’t helpObsession with the “white working class” distorts the picture of inequality in the north of England and warps policy. So says a new Runnymede Trust report, Class, Rac…

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Book clinic: what can I read to look cultured when I go to Cambridge?

Zadie Smith and Martin Amis will give you something interesting to contribute to any conversationQ: What books should I read before I start university? I am going to Cambridge and don’t want to seem uncultured compared with all the posh people!Post-A-l…

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Five-pound notes and free pints used to lure students into gambling

Undergraduates are being offered cash and drinks to sign up to betting appsStudents at prestigious UK universities are being recruited to promote betting apps on campus and, in some cases, are handing out free cash to entice others to gamble.An investi…

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£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike too | Patrick Collinson

Rents paid by university students have been rising by about double the rate of inflation for yearsUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs?Super deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parentsWhen did it become acceptable to treat univ…

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University – you know the fees, but what about the costs?

You’ve got the grades and you’re heading for college. Now get ready to pay the billsSuper deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike tooHow much will you really spend in your…

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Super deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents

The days when all students lived in pretty much the same standard of digs has long goneUniversity – you know the fees, but what about the costs?£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike tooRich parents are being chased by…

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The Guardian view on A-levels: end the guesswork in university admissions | Editorial

Universities must now pick students without knowing their exam results. This is unfair and inefficient. It must changeThis week’s A-level results will have disappointed some students, but despite that there may in one sense never be a better time to be…

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‘Students don’t see the value’: why A-level English is in decline

An emphasis on Stem subjects and a dull GCSE course are blamed for fewer pupils taking the examTim Edwards* is an English teacher in a secondary school in a relatively deprived part of east London. He’s passionate about his subject, but is watching it …