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UK ‘cannot duck’ post-Covid inequalities, report warns

The UK “cannot duck” tackling inequalities of health, ethnicity, education and jobs post-Covid, a major review has warned.

The report’s chairman, Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton, says a lot of work to repair and rebuild the damage will be needed after the pandemic.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Deaton Review of Inequalities warned the fabric of society was under threat.

Launched 18 months ago, the review says Covid-19 worsened existing problems.

The review says there is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle the disadvantages faced by many that this pandemic has so devastatingly exposed”.

“We now face a set of

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Gavin Williamson warns of ‘enormous battle’ over January schools reopening

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(AFP via Getty Images)

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has warned there could be an “enormous battle” in government to keep secondary schools open in January.

Officials from the Department for Education and No 10 are expected to meet on Sunday in light of a warning from scientists that closures may be necessary to slow the spread of the new coronavirus variant.

Mr Williamson is said to have privately expressed concern that fellow government ministers more in favour of restrictions will press for closures, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The government announced plans last week for a staggered return

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AOC hits back after Betsy DeVos warns ‘free college’ push is ‘socialist takeover of higher education’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos slammed calls to “cancel” student debt or make college free, making a case this week against what she called a “socialist takeover” of education — and prompting a fiery rebuke from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

DeVos, who almost certainly will be replaced once President-elect Biden is inaugurated, has been a lightning rod for controversy since her tenure began in 2017; she’s pushed deregulation and aimed to increase due process on college campuses, to applause from conservatives and harsh criticism from Democrats.

But with an incoming administration likely to take the Department of Education in a sharply different

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Illegal schools are leaving thousands of pupils ‘languishing’, warns Ofsted chief

Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman
Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman

Ofsted’s chief inspector has issued a fresh warning about the problem of illegal schools, as new figures showed that the watchdog has investigated almost 700 unregulated institutions in the last four years.

Amanda Spielman said that thousands of children were “languishing” in schools where officials could not guarantee that they were either safe or “getting a decent education”.

The warning came as new figures released by Ofsted showed that the body has carried out 694 investigations of unregulated schools since 2016, and issued 95 warning notices to organisations that inspectors concluded were operating illegally.


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China warns students over ‘risks’ of studying in Australia

Students from China make a large contribution to Australia's economy
Students from China make a large contribution to Australia’s economy

China has warned students to consider the risks of studying in Australia during the pandemic, aggravating a political row between the nations.

China’s education ministry on Tuesday issued the advisory to students before Australian universities reopen in July.

The ministry cited the threat of Covid-19 and discrimination against Asians as possible risks.

In a statement, it said students should be “cautious” when choosing to go or return to Australia.

“The spread of the new global Covid-19 outbreak has not been effectively controlled, and there are risks in international travel and

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