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Becoming an Academic Mentor: making a difference to pupils’ education most impacted by the pandemic

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Suzanne Jones is currently an Academic Mentor at Thorpedene Primary School in Essex as part of the National Tutoring Programme. She discusses what motivated her to become an Academic Mentor and what the role entails. When I found out about …

How can schools get involved with COP26 and climate change lessons?

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At COP26 the DfE will be hosting a number of events to discuss climate change and sustainability in education. If you aren’t attending the conference, make sure you subscribe to: The DfE YouTube Channel and The official COP26 YouTube Channel to livestream events or watch on demand.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF): How the successful programme improved the mental health of vulnerable children

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Teacher and HAF coordinator Nick, talks us through how the summer camps they ran were able to build on the mental health and wellbeing of attendees just as much as their physical fitness.  

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.

7 ways we’re maintaining bubbles to continue learning

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3 pupils working at desk wearing face coverings - Star Academies

As schools head into the summer term, Chief Executive of Star Academies, Hamid Patel, shares the protective measures his schools have taken to successfully minimise the number of pupils and staff isolating when an outbreak occurs, while ensuring all pupils and staff are safe.