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7 May 2020

Coronavirus: Schools 'may not reopen until September'
ISC blog: ‘Cross-sector collaboration keeps professional learning alive’
The evolution of STEM learning

Coronavirus: Schools 'may not reopen until September'


Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he "can't make any promises" that children will go back to school before autumn. By Henry Bodkin, The Telegraph. In a joint letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson, the NEU and parent organisation Parentkind outline five tests they believe must be passed before schools can reopen. By Dave Speck, Tes. The exams group Cambridge Assessment has suggested pupils in Years 5, 10 and 12 should be the first to return to school, suggesting they have the least amount of "recovery time... relative to learning loss". By Catherine Lough, Tes.

Some senior schools in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began, have started to reopen for the first time in months. The Times. Schools in Denmark and Germany have also started to reopen. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News.

A new study has found school closures have contributed to a "chasm" between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, with evidence suggesting teachers may need to provide extra tuition throughout the school year to help students catch up on their education. By Catherine Lough, Tes. Education charity Teach First has suggested the Department for Education (DfE) should fund teachers to work in summer schools to help minimise the attainment gap between pupils. By Dave Speck, Tes.

Robert Jenrick, the local government secretary, has said teachers in non-residential schools currently do not need personal protective equipment, adding this will be kept "under close review". By Catherine Lough and Dave Speck, Tes.

The Telegraph reports hundreds of thousands of agency workers, including supply teachers, have been left without income amid confusion over furlough payments. By Harry Brennan.

IE Today reports some independent schools that are experiencing financial losses during the shutdown are looking to leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme earlier than planned.

The DfE has issued new guidance on how schools can adapt their curriculum and teaching practices during the lockdown. By Amy Gibbons, Tes. An article in Schools Week reports the Department has launched a consultation to "identify quality resources through expert assessment that would be most helpful to support remote education at this difficult time". By Freddie Whittaker.

According to a new survey, 55 per cent of teachers believe the lockdown will have a positive impact on their teaching, with research suggesting remote working has improved their edtech skills, creativity and lesson planning. By Dave Speck, Tes.

BBC News reports on the struggles some families face as free school meal vouchers fail to scan at supermarket tills. By Judith Burns.

iNews reports university applications could rise this year due to the unstable job market hit by the coronavirus. By Will Hazell.

Jared Crawley, a primary school teacher at The British School in The Netherlands, offers advice to trainees and newly qualified teachers on 'how to ace' teaching interviews during the lockdown. Tes.


ISC blog: ‘Cross-sector collaboration keeps professional learning alive’


Dr Steven Berryman, director of music at City of London School for Girls, discusses how he has brought together music teachers from both sectors during the lockdown through an innovative blog series.


The evolution of STEM learning


Tes explores how learning in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) has developed over the last 40 years, and considers what it might look like in the future. By Emma Sheppard.



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