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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Ofsted chief calls for a more can-do approach to primaries reopening | Education

The chief inspector of schools, Amanda Spielman, has expressed her disappointment that primary schools will not be reopening before the summer, amid continuing concern about the government’s failure to prioritise children’s education in the coronavirus crisis. The head of Ofsted said she was saddened that people are “perhaps more frightened than they actually need to be” and called for as much preparation to be done for September reopening as possible before the summer holidays, which start next next month. Giving…

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Schools angered by holiday firm’s failure to refund cancelled trips | Education

An adventure holiday firm is facing a furious backlash and the threat of a boycott for failing to refund thousands of cancelled school trips. Teachers, parents and those representing education providers have lined up in recent days to condemn PGL, which has provided a host of school trips both in the UK and abroad since 1957. But with overnight stays and all foreign travel banned in the UK, and many schools still closed to large numbers of pupils, all trips…

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New UK teachers’ union chief: ‘Institutional racism in schools has got to be addressed’ | Education

As the son of immigrant workers new to the UK, and growing up in the West Midlands, Patrick Roach never imagined he would one day be a trade union leader on first-name terms with government ministers. His parents, however, who arrived from Jamaica in the 1960s, believed in the power of education to change lives and were ambitious for him. So the new general secretary of the NASUWT, the 300,000-member teachers’ union, who took up his post in April, went…

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Bob Weighton obituary | Education

My grandfather, Bob Weighton, who has died from cancer, was an engineer, teacher and counsellor. He was 112, and had been the oldest man in the world for 58 days. The Guinness Book of Records delivered a certificate to him confirming this status two days after his last birthday on 29 March. Bob was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, east Yorkshire, to Arthur Weighton, a vet, and Eliza (nee Pitts). He was the middle child of seven, and he recalled his childhood…

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Val Knight obituary | Education

My sister, Val Knight, who has died aged 82, was a memorable reception class teacher at Shiplake primary school, near Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. More than 30 years after leaving her class, many of her former pupils still recall her exploits, methods and demands with an affection and fondness few teachers can claim. As knowledge of her death circulated among her former charges, they created a Facebook page entitled “Mrs Knight – Matriarch of Shiplake Primary School”, a remarkable tribute…

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Fresh fears over primary schools after staff test positive for Covid-19 | Education

Unions have raised fresh concerns about the wider reopening of primary schools in England after a school in Derby was forced to remain closed this week when seven members of staff tested positive for Covid-19. Administrative and teaching staff at Arboretum primary school began to develop symptoms last week when the school was closed during half-term, so plans to open to more pupils had to be postponed until next Monday. In a separate incident, one of England’s largest academy chains…

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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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Full September return unlikely, with schools warning: ‘it’s not business as usual’ | Education

Schools will not be fully reopened by September and parents should prepare for sudden closures as new coronavirus outbreaks occur, headteachers are warning. Ministers have asked primary schools to reopen for reception, year 1 and year 6 children tomorrow, as part of a loosening of the coronavirus lockdown. Many schools have signalled they will only reopen to a fraction of those pupils as they struggle to adapt to smaller classes and reduced staff. Secondaries are set to begin opening in…

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The vision for a national Open School is a good one. The BBC is ready to make it happen | Tony Hall | Education

The Covid-19 crisis has transformed all our lives in ways we could barely have imagined just a few weeks ago. In so many areas, we will be desperate to go back to “normal life” as soon as safely possible. But in others, however, what we have learned in this crisis will – and should – reshape our thinking for ever. Educating the nation’s children is one of those areas. All of us have had to adapt to play our part…

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Home schooling boosts parents’ interest in teaching as a career | Education

School closures have turned the UK into a nation of temporary teachers since the coronavirus lockdown – and that may have inspired some people to seek new careers in the classroom, according to a new survey. Now Teach, the charity co-founded by the former journalist Lucy Kellaway, encourages older workers to change careers, and has found that the lockdown has increased the status of school teachers among the population at large, as parents have come to appreciate the joys of…

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Susy Powlesland obituary | Education

My friend Susy Powlesland, who has died aged 90, was a radical educationist. With her husband, John, she set up the alternative Kirkdale school in south London in the mid 1960s. The school adhered to principles of self-sufficiency, equality and creative learning, focusing on the particular interests of the individual child. It ran for over a decade and created a community that still exists today. Susy was an only child born to Jewish parents, Emilie (nee Preis) and Felix Michlowitz,…

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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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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed school leaders, teachers, students and parents in the United States to respond in different ways to “shelter in place / shelter at home” mandates. It has pushed many K-12 teachers into the role of “emergency remote learning” instructors, even if the courses they teach were never intended to be “online” or “distance learning” courses, and irrespective of whether or not those instructors had past experiences as either students or teachers in distance learning courses. Some…

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