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1 April 2020

Coronavirus: National voucher scheme is "term-time only"
The Telegraph's guide to independent school fee assistance
How installing "green screens" in schools can protect children from the dangers of pollution

Coronavirus: National voucher scheme is "term-time only"


The Department for Education has confirmed its national voucher scheme, designed to keep children eligible for free school meals fed during school closures, will not run throughout the Easter holidays. By Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week.

Findings from a parent survey suggest most are worried about the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on their children's education, with cancelled exams, lack of socialisation, and falling behind or missing out on learning cited as some of their biggest concerns. Tes.

Amy Forrester, an English teacher and director of pastoral care at Cockermouth School in Cumbria, outlines four ways teachers can continue to offer pastoral support to their students while schools are closed. Tes.

Anne Longfield, the children's commissioner for England, has called for an army of volunteer social care workers to help keep at-risk children safe during the coronavirus outbreak. By Sally Weale, The Guardian.

Harriet Sweatman, an S6 school student in Scotland, shares her account of her last few days at high school. Tes.

An article in Tes offers advice to school leaders on how to recruit staff during school closures. By Grainne Hallahan. Chris Seal, principal of Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, explores ways international schools can attract more teachers. IE Today.

The Telegraph features a list of 24 museums, galleries and businesses offering online educational resources. By Jack Rear.


The Telegraph's guide to independent school fee assistance


The Telegraph answers some commonly asked questions about the financial assistance available for children and their families at independent schools. By Tori Cadogan. The article mentions the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and several schools in membership of the ISC's constituent associations.

The Telegraph

How installing "green screens" in schools can protect children from the dangers of pollution


IE Today features a spotlight piece on "green screens", which are being installed in some schools to reduce levels of air pollution.

IE Today


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