Blam! Dennis the Menace and Roger the Dodger to teach British pupils about money | Business

Dennis the Menace and the Bash Street Kids could soon be teaching primary children how to manage their pocket money, thanks to an educational tie-up involving the Bank of England and Beano comics. A 12-lesson course on financial literacy, called Money and Me, will be introduced to English, Scottish and Welsh school curriculums from July, teaching children between the ages of five and 11 the basics of money and how the economy works. The lessons, a collaboration between the Beano,…

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‘We’re still waiting’: schools lack free laptops pledged for poorer GCSE pupils | Education

Headteachers fear the government’s promise to deliver laptops to disadvantaged teenagers will not be fulfilled as the majority said this weekend they had still received none.  On 19 April, the secretary of state for education, Gavin Williamson, announced the scheme, claiming it would “take the pressure off” parents and schools, and support children without any access to online learning while schools were shut.  Yet, with just a week to go before secondary schools reopen more widely to pupils on 15…

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Schools in north-west of England postpone reopening plans after new coronavirus data | Education

More schools have shelved plans to reopen on Monday, after new data suggested coronavirus could still be spreading in the north-west of England. Health officials at Blackburn with Darwen council, which runs 85 schools in Lancashire, emailed local schools on Friday evening advising them not to reopen on Monday morning. The same advice has been given by public health officials in Tameside, Greater Manchester, to delay reopening for pupils other than vulnerable children and those of key workers, to 22…

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Outcry over decision to end free school meals voucher scheme in July | Education

Campaigners have threatened to take the government to court over its decision not to extend its free school meals voucher system for low-income families over the summer holiday period. The national voucher scheme, which is worth £15 a week to recipients, was introduced in March to help poorer families feed their children when schools were closed under lockdown measures. But ministers announced on Thursday that it would not run during the summer holidays, adding that the government had “always been…

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From apple chips to pasta pots – how to pack a delicious school lunch box every day of the week | Education

After more than two months of shutdown, schools are starting to reopen their gates to children without key-worker parents. However, some schools have not yet reopened their kitchens. If you have made the choice to return your kids to school, it means it could be time to start thinking about lunchboxes. Perhaps you’re just a little rusty. Perhaps your children have always had school dinners and this will be their first taste of packed lunches. Either way, here’s a quick…

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‘There’s been a few tears’: England’s teachers on the return to school | Education

T here were nerves, excitement, laughter – and some tears – as children, who have been stuck at home since schools were closed as part of a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus, returned to their classrooms for the first time in 10 weeks. For staff, who have had to work flat out to adapt their schools and timetables to ensure safe social distancing in the Covid era, it was a happy – though anxious – moment to see children…

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Organise catch-up summer schools to help disadvantaged pupils, UK told | Education

Pressure is mounting on the government to draw up plans for catch-up summer schools amid warnings that millions of pupils in England will face increasing distractions from home learning as lockdown measures are eased and shops reopen. The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, said headteachers were worried that some of their disadvantaged pupils would struggle to ever get back into doing school work after such prolonged closures, because the leap required would be so big. She told MPs on…

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Home school in Dagenham: three children, no tablet, no computer | Education

When Kelly Rivers left school at 15 she never dreamt she would one day be thrown into the role of teacher to three of her six children, and with no access to a computer, tablet or printer. But that is the challenge she has been facing under lockdown – and she has been finding it tough. “I have to message a friend whose child goes to the same school and ask what their children have been asked to do,” she…

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Thousands return to school in England but many parents still wary | Education

Thousands of children returned to schools across England for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began in March, but many others remained at home because of parental concerns and warnings from some councils that it is still too early to reopen more widely. This week marks the start of the government’s phased reopening of schools in England, with pupils in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 returning to classes from 1 June, but a survey of school leaders…

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Early years and childcare sector at risk of collapse in England | Education

The future of the early years and childcare sector is at risk in England, the Early Years Alliance (EYA) has said, as fewer than half of parents with young children plan to take up their childcare places on 1 June. Just over 40% of parents of under-fives say they will send their children back to nursery, preschool or childminders this week, according to a poll by the EYA of more than 6,300 care providers. A further 13% of parents say…

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I’m a great teacher, honest. But schools beat me hands down on everything else | Miranda Sawyer | Education

Uniform washed, book bag filled, mask on? Then you’re all set for Back To School! Actually, could you put that book bag in this bin for disinfection? Some – but not all – children in England will be trotting back to familiar playgrounds on Monday. Though several schools aren’t opening and many parents don’t want to send their children in, hundreds of primary schools will be welcoming reception, year 1 and year 6 students, plus the children of key workers.…

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‘Rich, thick kids’ achieve much more than poor clever ones, says Gove | Academies

Inequality in Britain is so entrenched that “rich, thick kids” achieve more than their “poor, clever” peers even before they start school, the education secretary said today. Michael Gove told MPs on the cross-party Commons education committee that a “yawning gap” had formed between the attainment of poor children and their richer peers. Gove has come under criticism for using parliamentary procedures usually reserved for national emergencies to rush through his academies bill. The bill, which became law today, will…

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TikTok and a shoulder to cry on: why pupils in Gloucestershire wish lockdown school would never end | Education

“We call it ‘strange school’,” says Caitlin, 15, slightly raising her voice across the the open space of the school hall where the pupils are carefully observing physical distancing. “Literally everything here is different now.” Since lockdown, Caitlin has been coming to school five days a week, as she is among those whose schooling is considered a priority. With three younger siblings at home, she has to take on “a lot of responsibility for helping out”. Even in normal times,…

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Will Covid-19 show us how to design better cities? | Society

Covid-19 has changed the way that towns and cities look. It has offered views of public places with fewer cars and cleaner air, roads you can stroll down, cycling without danger. It has made some things seem more precious, such as green spaces and parks. It has renewed appreciation of the social infrastructures of support and care. It has heightened awareness of the ways in which one person’s actions can affect another’s. It has made everyone more conscious of the…

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Poll reveals half of parents unconvinced that school is safe for their children’s return | Education

Parents are divided over the prospect of sending their children back to school, a new poll has revealed, as parent groups warned that mixed messages and poor communication had caused widespread anxiety about returning. With school leaders still grappling with the practicalities of reopening primary schools for some year groups in just a week’s time in England, an Opinium poll for the Observer found that 43 per cent of primary school parents and 54 per cent of secondary school parents…

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English schools reopening: which councils will meet 1 June deadline? | Education

No change: councils where no maintained schools are likely to meet the 1 June deadline • Sunderland city council said there was “no rush” to open up schools further on 1 June given the relatively local high rate of Covid-19 infections. The council leader, Graeme Millar, said: “Our stance is clear, we cannot expect teachers – or children – to be in a school environment in Sunderland unless they know that it is safe for them, and there are serious…

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