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Why battles over race and sex now take centre stage at UK drama schools

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Dame Eileen Atkins, that great performer, is a forward-thinker. At 87 she remains open to changes in the world around her. Those changes have seen her established as “a grand lady of the British stage”, despite having...

Applications to US nursing schools rise as students want to ‘join the frontline’

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Nurses around the US are getting burned out by the Covid-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportu...

‘You never know what you’re going to get’: US supply chain woes leave schools scrambling to feed kids lunch

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On Tuesday mornings, three Little Caesars stores across Oakland county, Michigan, make 273 pizzas, even before they open for business. On Wednesdays, another 320 pies are out the door before noon. But their customers ...

Mothers sue after children catch Covid at Wisconsin schools with no mandates

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Two Wisconsin mothers whose children had Covid-19 in September have sued their school districts, for “needlessly and recklessly endangering the health and safety” of their children and other students. Both lawsuits a...

American schools gave kids laptops during the pandemic. Then they spied on them

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When the pandemic started last year, countless forms of inequality were exposed – including the millions of American families who don’t have access to laptops or broadband internet. After some delays, schools across t...

The pandemic ought to be the turning point in the debate about private schools

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Keir Starmer’s pledge earlier this week to end the lucrative tax breaks given to private schools has predictably brought out the usual critics. The chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, Julie Robinson, t...

Canada’s Catholic bishops apologise for abuses in residential schools

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High-ranking Catholic bishops in Canada have officially apologised for their role in the country’s notorious residential school system for the first time, after refusing to do so for years despite public pressure. Th...

‘It’s scary’: record Covid absences cause concern in England’s schools

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Last week more than 100,000 children were absent from school in England with confirmed or suspected Covid infections, the highest number during the pandemic, according to the Department for Education. Five parents and...

The Guardian view on schools: ministers failing children

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As English schools reopen for the autumn, relief and pleasure are mixed with apprehension and anger. Given the government’s shabby record on shepherding schools through the pandemic, it could be no other way. Even now...

‘Cultural genocide’: mapping the shameful history of Canada’s residential schools

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In May, Canadians were shocked at the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of a former school in British Columbia. The bodies belonged to Indigenous children, some believed to be as young as three year...

Covid: how can schools improve air quality to reduce transmission?

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Pupils will return to school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this week amid experts warning the return could fuel a surge in Covid cases. We take a look at measures that could improve air quality in schools and...

Schools across Europe must stay open, say WHO and Unicef

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Schools across Europe must stay open and be made safer for staff and children, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef have demanded, as a new term gets under way with the highly transmissible Delta variant sti...

‘It’s only going to get worse’: mask war in Arizona schools ramps up as Covid cases soar

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Sherry Dorathy has long lived in Miami, Arizona, a small, once prosperous copper mining town tucked behind rugged hills and wind-carved rock formations. A former special education teacher, she’s now the gentle-voiced ...

‘We need to do something now’: the urgent push to prepare schools for the return of students

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Everyone in Australia’s many locked-down communities wants to know the answer to one question: when will life start returning to normal? For the millions of parents juggling their work commitments with home-schooling ...

The US public schools redesigning buildings with climate in mind

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American schools are the second-largest public infrastructure investment. But what most people don’t know is that they are also among the biggest energy consumers in the public sector. K-12 schools consume about 8% of...

Q&A: how can I keep my family safe from Covid as US schools reopen?

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Across the USA, schools are opening their doors. For some students, this fall marks the first time back in a classroom in more than a year. The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree ...

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