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Government ambiguity around key issues such as the return of schools in September, proposed summer ‘catch up’ provision and opening, assessment and inspection mean that school leaders are finding it impossible to plan for the remainder of this and next academic year. 

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Preparation is vital for Barley Fields Primary School
Barley Fields Primary School have shared their story of how they have adapted their school days to fit their key worker families and their plans for the future as schools are set to reopen. 
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CEOs discuss coronavirus issues at Schools North East roundtable

Schools North East hosted another of its regular roundtable discussions for Multi-Academy Trust CEOs, representing schools from across the region, to discuss the challenges that schools now face as they deal with the lifting of lockdown restrictions, and begin to plan for the next academic year.

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Teachers do not feel safe to go back to school
The ongoing situation and school closures as result of Covid-19 have a number of different implications for the education sector. We want to dig deeper into these issues, with help from the experts. This week, Dr Beng Huat See, Associate Professor (Research) in the School of Education at Durham University, explores the data on the wider extended opening of primaries.
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Wallsend Primary School Surprise Children with Mural
  A Teaching Assistant has created a special mural for children returning to St Peter’s C of E Primary School in Wallsend as some children return to school.
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Scientists help children learn during lockdown   Scientists are helping children keep learning during lockdown by hosting live experiments over video calls. Read more >
Teacher starts socially distanced language classes
  A teacher from Darlington is launching a socially distanced Forest School programme to provide children with foreign language classes. Read more >
MPs call for free school meals to continue through summer
  South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck warns families don't have enough money, due to coronavirus and the lockdown Read more >
Calls made for more pupils in three-tier schools to return as confusion remains
  Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children are being allowed back into schools but Years 4 and 8, which are transitioning classes in three-tier systems, are not returning Read more >
Stockton church schools star in National Assembly   Two Secondary Schools in the Diocese of Durham have been featured in the Oak National Academy’s Assembly through the Church of England’s Faith@Home programme.
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Yarm School students enter the boardroom for Apprentice charity challenge
  A secondary school took inspiration from the TV show The Apprentice to raise money for charity. Read more >


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Mental health has been an issue of growing concern for school leaders in recent years, however this year it has become more important than ever due to the Coronavirus crisis. The ongoing crisis, alongside partial school closures and lockdown measures have caused a number of issues for students and staff alike, from the disrupted routines, stress of lockdown and anxiety of the pandemic, to bereavement under very difficult circumstances. These issues will be widespread and will require a new approach from staff and schools. 

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Summer catch-up plan for England's schools pledged
  An extended catch-up plan for England's schools is to be launched for the summer and beyond, to help pupils get back on track amid school shutdowns. Read more >
How did going back to school lose the plot?
  What is happening with the great majority of children who are missing out on school in England? Read more >
DfE tries to gag teachers on Covid response
  Key stakeholder refused to be 'sworn to secrecy' as members of DfE's school advisory group were asked to sign gagging clause Read more >
Three-quarters of teachers expected to clean classrooms
  New survey also shows more than a fifth of teachers were not consulted on their schools' plans to reopen more widely, Read more >
Schools need to know 2021 exam plans before summer, says Ofqual chief
  Schools need to know what’s happening with next year’s exams “before the summer break ideally”, the head of the qualifications regulator has acknowledged. Read more >
Ofsted chief calls for a more can-do approach to primaries reopening
  Amanda Spielman says people are ‘perhaps more frightened than they need to be’ about children returning to school Read more >
Coronavirus: All primary pupils no longer going back to school
  Plans for all England's primary children to return for a month before the summer break have been dropped by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. Read more >
Coronavirus: Pupils tense as teachers submit estimated grades   Schools and colleges in England have to submit their estimated grades for GCSE and A-levels by the end of this week. Read more >


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