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Williamson provided wine and mince pies for DfE lockdown Xmas party

Sue Gray report finds 50 staff were invited to the 'festive drinks' - organised days in advance

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Headteacher wanted for remote Shetland island’s four-pupil school

Can-do attitude and self-discipline essential for role at primary school on Foula, inhabited by 28 people

Islanders on Foula, one of the UK’s most remote inhabited islands, are looking for a new headteacher to run their tiny primary school, with a register of just four pupils and another child in its nursery.

Foula, an island of 4.9 sq miles with a permanent population of 28 people, lies 16 miles to the west of Shetland and vies with Fair Isle, which is 44 miles to the south, as the most isolated and exposed inhabited place in Britain.

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Open University to partner with colleges to fill higher technical education cold spots

The government has backed the initiative with £10 million - cash which will be used to 'increase the capability' of around 10 to 12 colleges

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Teechers Leavers 22 review – John Godber’s rowdy comedy graduates with honours

Hull Truck theatre
Updated for the era of remote learning, Godber’s 1987 work is still joyously energetic and bitter about systemic inequalities

The most topical joke of the night is about partygate, but even without it, John Godber’s play could hardly be more on the nose. The playwright has not just warmed over Teechers, his widely performed 1987 comedy, he has fast-tracked it into today – Ofsted inspections, hand sanitisers and all.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Hull Truck and the 35th anniversary of the play, Teechers Leavers 22 hits home not only with the same laughter and punchy theatricality as the original but also with the same political rage. The faster the jokes come about unruly pupils and unrulier staff, the more the anger builds at an education system custom-built to sell young people short.

At Hull Truck theatre until 11 June.

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There has never been a better time to invest in skills to prepare for Brexit customs complexity
Staff say overcrowding hampered bomb scare evacuation at DfE’s Sheffield office

Workers warn of 'disaster waiting to happen' after incident on day of top civil servant's visit

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‘It can’t be sidelined’: bill aims to give Irish official status in Northern Ireland

UK government to table legislation to safeguard language as revival gains momentum

Gregory Campbell, a Democratic Unionist party MP in Northern Ireland, once expressed his scorn for the Irish language with six words that became infamous: “Curry my yoghurt, can coca coalyer.”

He coined the gibberish phrase in 2014 during an address to the Stormont assembly to mimic and deride nationalist colleagues who began speeches with “go raibh maith agat, ceann comhairle”, which means “thank you, chairman”.

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