Alternative Curriculum

Lockdown in England: schools to stay open

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A second national lockdown has been announced in England with one crucial difference: schools to stay open.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said on Saturday: “Our senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, we cannot let this virus to damage our children’s future any more than it already has.”

However both regional mayors across England and senior members of the Conservative party have criticised the plans. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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Coronavirus Act on Education: Remote Learning

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Schools have a legal duty to provide a remote learning solution for learners who cannot access school buildings due to Covid-19.

The Coronavirus Act: Provision of Remote Education (England) Temporary Continuity Direction comes into effect this week.

Do you know how to be remote education ready? This blog post explains.

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Coronavirus catch up premium – update

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This summer, the Government announced a catch-up premium fund to help students catch up.

According to the Department for Education: “Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of the challenge.”

Updates involving the payment of this fund was confirmed this week. This blog post takes a look at these updates.

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