At primary level, 23% of pupils are now doing more than five hours of learning a day, up from 11% at the end of March, while among secondary students, the proportion has increased from 19% to 45%. However, researchers found that, while 40% of children in middle class families were managing five hours, just 26% of those in working class households were doing the same. … [Read more...] about Home schooling is widening attainment gap between rich and poor, finds report
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Rich kids are showing off their insanely lavish homes complete with pools, giant bedrooms and diamond encrusted hallways … [Read more...] about Loaded mums who splash £60k on holidays swap with Benidorm-loving trio obsessed with kebabs on Rich House, Poor Holiday
Olivia Poulet I love comedians who bring shows to the fringe that take me somewhere unexpected, rather than churn out what they've been repeating weekly on Live at the Apollo. Josie Long always inspires, Simon Munnery and Paul Foot are bewilderingly original, but perhaps the most intoxicating show I've seen here recently was Tim Key's Masterslut. From the moment he entered from the back of the audience (following a path laid out on a map that was projected on stage in the pre-show), Tim never let you settle. Audience interaction can be terrifying and ill-advised, but the audience happily obliged for this unconstrained piece of theatre. Languidly shifting between conversation, poetry and film, he refused to fix on one genre. This was standup, performance art and cabaret – and the experience was all the better for it. I can't wait to see how he thrills his audience this Edinburgh. … [Read more...] about The best show I’ve ever seen at Edinburgh: performers and theatre-makers on their festival highlights
Sounds a chore? Oh no it isn’t. I can scarcely remember a more electrifying hour of comedy than Cold Lasagne’s second half. It opens with Acaster’s hilarious dissection of being dumped by his girlfriend in favour of Rowan Atkinson (or as Acaster prefers it: Mr Bean). It’s a to-die-for premise from which our host wrings every drop of indignity. But even that pales next to the section about his agent breaking up with him after an ill-judged remark on Saturday morning telly. It’s one of those routines, of which Stewart Lee is a master, that makes you laugh out loud while marvelling at how Acaster is achieving his comic effects. The conceit – he’s telling the whole traumatic story from his agent’s point of view – is audacious and richly funny. And the emotional complexity, given the light the story shines on Acaster’s wellbeing, is breathtaking. … [Read more...] about From Brexit to breakups, James Acaster is an audacious king of comedy
James Acaster SESAME SEEDS – “For years they’ve been overlooked but, believe you me, this year many acts have got their sights set on tearing apart several thorny issues surrounding the oddball’s snack of choice. I believe Nish Kumar’s show is called Open Sesame and is about the time he tried to open a tricky packet of sesame seeds. I could be totally wrong.” … [Read more...] about Capitalism or sesame seeds: what will be this year’s hot comic topics?