While some schools have followed Government advice to reopen schools, analysis by The Sun showed 28 local authorities - which oversees 2,269 primary schools - were prepared to defy guidance to reopen. … [Read more...] about Parents warned to expect supermarket-style queues at school gates as pupils return after lockdown on Monday
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‘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
Inspectors also criticised inadequate teaching and low attendance, particularly among Send pupils and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The report added: “Leaders have failed to shape a curriculum that combines the Steiner approach with the requisite academic learning that pupils need to succeed in their studies.” … [Read more...] about ‘Inadequate’ Steiner school to be taken over by academy chain
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?
“It is important to understand that many primary schools will not be open to all eligible pupils on Monday morning, and that they will be phasing in these children over a period of time, while putting in place limits on class sizes and implementing other safety measures. … [Read more...] about Will I be fined for refusing to send my child back to school? Your rights explained