The 59-year-old woman who lives in a van


“I don’t want to live like this, no-one should live like this – but I don’t have any options,” says Polly Richardson who finds herself at the sharp end of the lack of affordable homes in England. For more than a year, she has lived […]

Portable loos and PPE: Teachers on the return to school


Many teachers are preparing to welcome pupils back to school this week for the first time in months. Schools in Scotland, Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK are already open. But for many pupils in England, it will be the first time they […]

Johnson blames ‘mutant algorithm’ for exam fiasco


Prime Minister Boris Johnson has blamed a “mutant algorithm” for this summer’s exam results fiasco. “I am afraid your grades were almost derailed by a mutant algorithm and I know how stressful that must have been,” Mr Johnson told pupils at a school in Leicestershire. […]

Back Ofqual or I quit, chair of regulator told Gavin Williamson


The chair of Ofqual threatened to quit this week unless Gavin Williamson publicly backed the exams regulator and admitted it was behind the U-turn that salvaged millions of student grades, the Guardian has learned. Roger Taylor’s ultimatum came after the education secretary tried to lay […]

Denver schools short thousands of computers


Five days from starting a new school year online, the Denver district has a computer shortage. Denver Public Schools ordered 12,500 computers but not all of them have arrived, spokesperson Winna MacLaren said. The district serves about 92,000 students. District officials on Wednesday cited a […]