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How the reception baseline assessment will be a fairer progress measure and give teachers more recognition

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Claire Harnden, Deputy CEO at South Farnham Educational Trust, shares her experiences of introducing the reception baseline assessment in her schools.

Engaging local families with the Holiday Activities and Food Programme this summer

Children playing

Jan Lefley and Susan Parish are Holiday Activities and Food Programme coordinators who talk us through how and why it’s so important to reach out to local families.

How our pupils are benefitting from online and face-to-face tutoring

Academic mentor working with a young boy on phonics

Deputy Head Elaine Williams explains how her school have made use of the government-funded National Tutoring Programme to target individual pupil needs, making sure that the children whose learning has been most disrupted by lockdown get the support they need.

After a full half-term of teaching remotely, here’s what’s working for us

Distant education, online class meeting. Young boy studying during online lesson at home

After nearly a year of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and now coming to the end of a full half-term of remote education, we invited teachers to reflect on what works best for them when teaching remotely.

Schools have risen to the challenge, and so have parents

Andrew Truby

Executive headteacher Andrew Truby writes about how teachers and school staff have risen to the challenge of the new national restrictions and shares his top tips for supporting parents who are at home with their children.

Rising strong after lockdown – supporting the whole school community

Child drawing

Trust Leader, Matt, and Headteacher, Anna, share how their recovery programme has reduced parents’ concerns, created a welcoming environment for pupils and strengthened their community of schools.

Back to school – what’s the first week been like?  

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Pencil being sharpened

It’s that time of year again… teachers across England are starting to welcome their pupils back to school. But with lots of new safety measures in place, this year it feels a bit different. We asked teachers what their first week has been like...