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29 May 2020

Coronavirus: PM confirms 1 June school reopening date
'Could we scrap the traditional exam system for good?'
Friday Feature: How schools are coming together to support their wider communities

Coronavirus: PM confirms 1 June school reopening date


Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed primary schools in England will reopen to more pupils from 1 June. By Amy Gibbons, Tes.

The 'Independent SAGE' group has published a report warning reopening schools on 1 June risks "a new surge in cases" in some communities. An article in Schools Week summarises key findings from the report. By John Dickens.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, has warned the reopening of schools from next week could have a "detrimental impact" on the quality of remote learning provision for pupils at home. Tes. The article quotes Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools.

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed teachers and other school staff "will be able to enter schools" from 1 June before they start welcoming pupils back on 11 August. By Henry Hepburn, Tes. New guidelines published by the Scottish Government encourage schools to consider innovative ways of teaching pupils while maintaining social distancing, suggesting the use of flexible accommodation such as geodomes and polytunnels. BBC News. An article in The Telegraph also reports on the guidance, which states subject choice for some senior students will be reduced and all pupils will be told to stay in small designated groups. By Daniel Sanderson. An article in Tes reports "the deployment of additional staffing is expected to be critical" in Scotland's schools to support both in-school and offsite learning. By Emma Seith.

Reigate Grammar School has announced it will be offering 10 fully funded bursaries to the children of healthcare workers from next year. By James Higgins, IE Today. The article quotes Shaun Fenton, headmaster at the school and vice chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

According to a survey of school support staff, 30 per cent of respondents are losing sleep, suffering high levels of anxiety or both as a result of plans to reopen schools in England from 1 June. By Amy Gibbons, Tes.

A new report published by the London School of Economics and Political Sciences warns a series of interventions including additional tutoring will be required when schools reopen to help children catch up on their education. By Camilla Turner, The Telegraph.

Russell Hobby, chief executive of Teach First, writes in The Telegraph in response to new findings which show the number of 16 to 24-year-olds not in any form of education, employment or training rose to 771,000 between January and March of this year. He argues a "national recovery plan" is needed to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on young people's futures.

A human rights NGO has warned England's food voucher scheme is "undignified" and "ineffective", leaving many children hungry during the pandemic. By Jasmine Andersson, iNews.

Cat Davison, director of service and social impact at Sevenoaks School, explores how the pandemic has brought service learning to the forefront of education. By Keri Beckingham, IE Today.


'Could we scrap the traditional exam system for good?'


Alistair McConville, director of learning and innovation at Bedales School, explores the education systems of other countries across the world, arguing the pandemic could provide an opportunity to move away from exams-focused learning. Tes.


Friday Feature: How schools are coming together to support their wider communities


This week's 'good news' round-up explores how pupils have been raising money for charities and supporting their local communities, from designing colourful sweatshirts to delivering soup to local villagers. The blog also highlights a recent report published by the Schools Together Group: 'The Missing Two Thousand - How independent and state schools work together to help the most disadvantaged students achieve their aspirations'.



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