GAP GROW­ING STALE­MATE

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The Na­tional Foun­da­tion for Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search (NFER) has found that the learn­ing gap be­tween rich and poor stu­dents has grown by 46% in the last year. Re­searchers spoke to more than 3,000 teach­ers and head teach­ers, and found that in some parts of the coun­try, dis­ad­van­taged and black and mi­nor­ity eth­nic chil­dren were three times more likely to be at least four months be­hind in learn­ing than those in the bet­teroff ar­eas of the UK. The NFER says that nearly half of all pupils will need “in­ten­sive catch-up sup­port to make up lost ground”.

In­dia and Rus­sia were both de­clared the win­ners of a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional chess tour­na­ment, af­ter the In­dian team’s games were for­feited when they lost their in­ter­net con­nec­tion. The Chess Olympiad was be­ing held on­line for the first time, and both teams were even­tu­ally awarded gold medals af­ter In­dia ap­pealed.

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