GAP GROWING STALEMATE
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.