27/05/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 27/05/20

News:  ‘Virus could be here for year’ so schools must open, says education secretary – BBC News Online

25 May 2020, Sean Coughlan.  “The coronavirus could be with us for a year or more” so children cannot continue to stay out of school for “months and months” longer, says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52797324

News: How Dutch schools reopened with no pupil distancing – TES Online

22 May 2020, Linda van Druijten.  Dutch schools reopened to all pupils on 11 May, and though classes are rotating, social distancing between pupils is not a government requirement:

How Dutch schools reopened with no pupil distancing

Article: Children’s charities warn that children’s services are ill-prepared to cope with challenges posed by COVID-19 – Willis Palmer

Local authority children’s services are ill-prepared to deal with the challenges posed by the coronavirus lockdown, a group of children’s charities have warned.  Years of under-investment have resulted in children’s services fire-fighting and unprepared for the “torrent of extra challenges” posed by COVID-19, analysis by Barnardo’s. Action for Children, The Children’s Society, NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau has found:
https://www.willispalmer.com/childrens-charities-warn-that-childrens-services-are-ill-prepared-to-cope-with-challenges-posed-by-covid-19/

News:  Psychiatrists fear ‘tsunami’ of mental illness after lockdown – BBC News Online

16 May 2020, Philippa Roxby.  Psychiatrists are particularly concerned that children and older adults are not getting the support they need because of school closures, self-isolation and fear of hospitals. In a survey, they reported rises in emergency cases and a drop in routine appointments:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52676981

News: Life in Danish primary schools 4 weeks after reopening – TES Online

13 May 2020, Shirley Jacobsen.  Under strict guidelines from the Danish Health Authorities, primary schools in Denmark were part of the first phase of the reopening of Denmark, which started on 15 April. For us, as an international school, this included reception classes and Year 1 right up to Year 6.  While it has been challenging, the reopening of school in a gradual and controlled way has been accepted by staff and parents and things are going well:

Life in Danish primary schools 4 weeks after reopening

News:  Call for free school meals during half-term and summer in England – Guardian Online

15 May 2020, Sally Weale.  Councillors say Easter holiday extension should be repeated as coronavirus crisis continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/may/15/call-for-free-school-meals-during-half-term-summer-england

Blog:  Schools reopening Q&A – Department for Education

12 May 2020.  The Department for Education published guidance on the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges. These guidance documents provide detail on a range of areas including what settings can do to help make sure they are safe, information on testing, and details for alternative provision and special schools:
https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/05/12/5292/

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