Curriculum

Lockdown in England: schools to stay open

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

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

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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How can you continue to teach if a second lockdown hits?

The Government has announced new rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus this week – and a second lockdown has not been ruled out.

The guidance for schools remain unchanged but schools should have a contingency plan in place if remote learning needs to be introduced.

This blog post talks you through the rule changes, the latest guidance and how your school should prepare for a second lockdown.

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Catch-up for low-level numeracy and literacy

Catch-up learning is the order of the day – with students three months behind on learning, and some students have fallen up to 12 months behind where they should be.

Literacy and numeracy are essential skills for everyday life in adulthood – this means it is critical that these skills are taught as a matter of urgency.

But how can catch-up learning be supported in core subjects? This blog post explains.

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Virtual assemblies or notices

Need to make an announcement to your entire school? Under current guidance, whole school assemblies are unwise under the new bubble system.

It could mean virtual assemblies are the new normal – but may not have been considered.

This blog post takes a look at how you can do assemblies and make announcements virtually.

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