‘It is why we are only inviting back reception, year one and year six in primary schools so there is the space in those schools for children to return and for infant schools to use other premises, perhaps the junior school, to enable children to return safely and to maintain the distances between pupils. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson announces primary schools in England will start to reopen on MONDAY and some students will return to secondary schools from June 15 as he sets out ‘limited and cautious’ easing of lockdown
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“My 20-year-old physics undergrad niece, Cara, is stuck at home in the Midlands – no mates, no boyfriend, no social life – and dedicates an hour a week to teach my reluctant eight-year-old maths,” said Mary Rawlinson. “He wasn’t especially interested when I suggested the idea, but when I mentioned it again, he agreed, and after his first session he came off absolutely buzzing.” … [Read more...] about Britain’s teacher heroes: the legends of lockdown lessons
It was the first day of term – usually my favourite. Fresh faces, returning colleagues, a new year and a sense of optimism. This time, though, I knew that at the end of that day, I would be leaving my keys, phone and laptop in the school safe and going home for the last time. I wasn’t ever going to return to the school I loved, had built up and spent more time at than home. The following morning someone from the multi-academy trust (Mat) would be explaining to my staff that I’d decided to leave to pursue a new “consultancy”. It was a lie. … [Read more...] about ‘Sacked from the school I loved’: a headteacher’s story
“Ministers need to take immediate steps to reassure them that their education will not be put at risk. This case is yet another stark example of failure in the government’s management of its academies programme and reflects on the system as a whole.” … [Read more...] about Failing academy trust to pull out of 21 schools
However, teacher José Picardo argues that the aversion to technology in Steiner schools is rooted in a “pseudo-intellectualism which believes the things we are familiar with are better than the things our children are familiar with”. Picardo teaches at Surbiton High School in Surrey, where every pupil from the age of seven or eight is given a tablet. “I think my children are going to end up being better prepared for the world in which they live,” he says, because his school does not subscribe to the idea that “playing with something physical is better and therefore children shouldn’t be allowed technology”. … [Read more...] about Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech?