Thursday 27th August 2020
- Everything in moderation – How can we improve moderation to ensure pupils’ learning is optimal? #UKEdChat from 8pm.
- Planning for metacognition – Metacognition is one of the most effective and impactful pedagogical strategies available to educators. Read how to implement metacognitive strategies in this new school year. UKEdChat.
- Period poverty: Schools in England ‘not aware’ they can order free tampons. BBC News.
- One-third of the world’s children unable to access remote learning when schools closed during lockdown, Unicef finds – Children in poorest households and rural areas most affected. The Independent.
Wednesday 26th August 2020
- The UK’s A-level fiasco has left thousands without grades – Nearly two weeks after results day, homeschooled students still don’t have grades and its unlikely they’ll get any at all. WiredUK.
- School grades in 2021 ‘should be set by teachers’ – Plaid Cymru said students should not have to rely on exams next summer “following such a disrupted education journey”. BBC News.
- Greta Thunberg returns to school after a year of climate activism. Guardian.
- How are European countries reopening schools? BBC News.
- Primary pupils’ learning gap widens for the first time since 2007. BBC News.
Tuesday 25th August 2020
- Scotland considers mandatory face masks in high schools as 22 teachers and pupils test positive in an outbreak. The Independent.
- Researchers find that residential green space may be beneficial for the intellectual and behavioural development of children living in urban areas. PLOS Medicine.
- Head teachers in England want clarification over whether staff or pupils can wear masks in school. BBC News.
- BTec students to start receiving revised grades – students will start receiving their revised grades today after their release had been delayed by the exam board. BBC News.
- Handwriting – What’s the point? UKEdChat
Monday 24th August 2020
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today made a direct appeal to parents to return their children to the classroom when schools in England reopen next week. GOV.UK
- The National Education Union (NEU) also accused ministers of being “negligent in the extreme”, saying schools had been left in the dark on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak. The Independent
- Reception-age children will benefit from a multi-million pound package of funding to boost their early language skills. GOV.UK
- First day back to school for many pupils in Northern Ireland – pupils in years seven, 12 and 14. BBC News
- Teenagers less anxious – A study published today suggests anxiety levels among 13 and 14-year-olds actually fell during lockdown. UKEdChat