Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic there has been a large increase in youth unemployment for young people aged 16-24. Unemployment for young people has increased by 66,000, a 13% increase compared to 12 months ago, to 14.2%. Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many young job seekers are experiencing
Mongkolchon Akesin/Shutterstock In the aftermath of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19, the New York Times stated that “science has failed to guard us”. This was hardly unfair, given that scientists were unsure what had even caused the pandemic, let alone how to treat it – beyond basic public health
NuPenDekDee/Shutterstock In January, UK education secretary Gavin Williamson announced that GCSE and A-level exams in England would not go ahead. Now, Williamson has outlined further information about how assessments for pupils will take place. Teachers’ judgements will be at the heart of grading decisions this year, based on a range
The pandemic has provided an urgent lesson in the value of cooperation and partnership. The state, the private sector and voluntary groups all rely on the success of the others to prosper. Collaboration will be more important than ever as we begin to focus on recovery over the coming years.
Elements of this image furnished by Nasa. Elena11/Shutterstock The Conversation’s Curious Kids series responds to children’s questions on all sorts of topics, but there’s one that comes up again and again: space. Why can’t we put people on Mars? How high could we jump on the Moon? What are meteorites
Copyright Colours of the Alphabet, Author provided Over 2,000 languages are spoken in Africa, with multilingualism a common feature of everyday life. Across the continent, though, millions of school pupils aren’t taught in their mother tongue. Zambia, for instance, is a country with a huge range of languages but just
Gorynvd/Shutterstock The most recent lockdown and school closures have, once again, thrown educational provision in England into crisis. Nearly a full year of disruption of schooling will have had a serious effect on children’s education. The outgoing children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield, has called for children to be at the heart
Since the end of World War II, countries in Europe and North America, along with many other countries in the world, have witnessed a significant transformation, signaled by the emergence of groups whose representatives have their own worldview and culture that is often contradictory to the declared policies of their
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock In 2020, the pandemic has made homeschooling a fact of life. Even before this, though, what was once the obscure choice of a few families has grown in popularity over the past decade. In 2019, the Children’s Commissioner for England estimated that around 60,000 children were homeschooled. A persistent
WitthayaP/Shutterstock Lockdowns and school closures have pushed more aspects of our lives online. This has encouraged parents and children to engage with apps and other forms of digital media more frequently than before the pandemic. For parents of young children, touchscreen apps may be a valuable resource for educational purposes.