Why We Shouldn’t Reopen Schools

Image description: children learning in a classroom The closure of schools disproportionately affects the working class. Starved of appropriate funding for a decade, there is no way that state schools are able to provide the level of online teaching recommended. Even if they could provide this new format it works upon the assumption that all […]

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Profile: Donald Russell

Tradition may be everywhere in Oxford, but I spoke to one 95-year-old tutor who has seen over 65 years of change. Donald Russell, a 95 (almost 96) year-old tutor at St Johns, first came here as a classics student at Balliol in 1939 until being called up to service in World War two. After working […]

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Breaking the Year Abroad Myth

If we learnt anything about social media in 2015, it’s to be a bit more selfie-sceptic. From hipster Barbie on Instagram to nomads posting exotic vistas, it’s time we admitted that our virtual lives are rose-tinted. So when you see the digital published life of your friends abroad, seemingly idyllic and cosmopolitan, there may be […]

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On the Front Line: A conversation with Lord Adonis about the new grad scheme in social work

Inspired by his time as a Teach First teacher and seeing that the social work sector needed fresh new graduate talent just as teaching had done, Josh MacAlister decided to apply a similar model to social work. Launching in 2014, around 100 graduates started an intensive five-week induction programme in social work, followed by a year of on […]

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