School Management

What has children’s mental health been like on return?

Everyone’s mental health has been affected during lockdown and with more students being referred to counselling services, the impact on children’s mental health should not be underestimated.

Primary and high school teachers have said children had “become more vulnerable in lockdown“, according to the BBC.

 75% of mental problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start under 18. What has been the impact on children’s mental health?

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It’s National Skills Day

Today is National Skills Day (#NationalSkillsDay) – an important day for building confidence and connections.

At EDClass our motto is ‘education for all’, because we believe that everyone has a skill they can showcase.

 The event is part of National Careers Week. How are you planning to use and develop your skills today? Let us know in the comments below.

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Half of teachers are “drained and exhausted”

Half of teachers are “drained and exhausted” while 15% are “physically and mentally on the brink”, a TES survey revealed today.

The survey, carried out this week among teaching staff across the UK, found that just 10% were “completely fine” while only 1% said “I feel great”.

One school teacher said: “We’re in a climate where everyone is on edge and stressed out and worried the whole time. If I’m still in this job by Christmas, I’m going to be amazed. I’ve had enough.

This blog post takes a look at the latest in schools.

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Heads: schools will grind to halt unless covid testing improves

Headteachers have warned that education will “grind to a halt” unless covid testing improves.

Thousands of school leaders have written to the Government warning of “partial rolling closures” of schools and disruption to pupils’ catch up studies because of serious staff shortages.

The delays in covid testing are “severely hampering” schools, according to a network of over 5,000 heads. This blog post takes a look at the crisis in schools.

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Holiday cover

The advice from the Government’s coronavirus guidance is that “Supply teachers, peripatetic teachers and other temporary staff can move between schools. They should ensure they minimise contact and maintain as much distance as possible from other staff.”

Having cover for teachers away from the classroom is essential in the modern climate – and this could become one of the worst years for sick leave ever seen around the world.

How can ensure you have the necessary holiday cover while meeting specific guidelines. This blog post explains. 

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Catch-up sessions for holiday

Parents can be fined for taking children on holiday during term time without the school’s permission because children miss valuable learning. For students who are absent, catch-up lessons for holiday learning time are vital to get them back on track. 

The UK Government states:

You have to get permission from the headteacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. And you can only do this if:

  • You make an application to the headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • There are exceptional circumstances
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