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The hardline taskmaster

University College London (UCL) and the schools in which Tony Sewell used to teach might inhabit the same city, but for many of his former pupils, the comparison ends there.

How play can help children transition back to school

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the social lives of children more rapidly than anyone could have imagined. It has been two months since most last played in-person with a friend. A survey by Emerging Minds shows that two-thirds of primary school children are feeling lonely, an increase of about 50 per cent compared to normal levels, and over half of parents are concerned about their child’s emotional wellbeing.

Local authorities knuckle down to raising the participation age

As 2011 drew to a close, the number of young people not in employment, education or training (Neet) hit its highest level since comparable records began. There are now almost 450,000 so-called Neets aged between 16 and 18, not to mention a further 700,000 aged between 19 and 24.