26/06/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 26/06/20

Blog: Reception Baseline Assessment FAQs – Department for Education

25 June 2020.  The DfE have announced that the statutory introduction of the Reception Baseline Assessment will be delayed for a year because of the issues brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. But what is the RBA?:

News:  Reception assessments delayed amid school disruption – BBC News Online

25 June 2020. Plans to introduce a baseline assessment for Reception pupils are being delayed a year to September 2021:


Diary:  The big speech Johnson makes next week should be about education – Conservative Home

25 June 2020, Paul Goodman.  “That Boris Johnson is to make a relaunch-type speech next week, in which housing and planning will play a big part, confirms that he believes that the Coronavirus crisis is over – for the moment, at any rate”:

News:  Nurseries warn of ‘mass closures’ as lockdown lifts – BBC News Online

25 June 2020, Hannah Richardson.  England’s early years providers have been operating at 37% of their capacity since early June when they were able to re-open, data analysts Ceeda has said:


News:  Fines to be part of regulating social media, says Ofcom – BBC News Online

23 June 2020.  Ofcom will not hesitate to impose fines on social media firms who fail to deal with harmful content, its new boss has said.  The watchdog would also consider temporarily suspending platforms in extreme cases of harm:


News: 5 ways to build mental health focus into school returns – TES Online

22 June 2020, Gerry Robinson.  Schools need to put pupil mental health at the heart of planing – including earmarking new government funding for key initiatives:

5 ways to build mental health focus into school returns

Article: A £20 a week increase in social security support will give families with children the lifeline they need – Politics Home

23 June 2020, Ian Blackford MP.  “When Marcus Rashford successfully campaigned for the continuation of free school meals throughout the summer, he was showing more moral leadership on tackling poverty in a matter of days than this Tory government has in the past decade of cuts. And as the footballer made clear, ‘people are struggling all year round’ and more needs to be done”:


News:  Coronavirus: Children ‘developing post-traumatic stress’ from pandemic – BBC News Online

22 June 2020, Ashitha Nagesh.  Children are developing serious mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress, because of the coronavirus pandemic, a charity has warned.  In a report, the Childhood Trust says disadvantage is leaving children extremely vulnerable:


News:  Government to fund private tutors for English schools – Guardian Online

17 June 2020, Sally Weale and Richard Adams.  Year-long programme aims to help pupils catch up on learning lost during Covid-19 pandemic:

Education / Government to fund private tutors for English schools

Article: Supporting children at risk of hunger over the holidays should not be a one-off intervention – Politics Home

17 June 2020, Christian Wakeford MP. The Government should build on this initial announcement and commit to funding free school food provision schemes for all children at risk of hunger, during every school holiday:


News:  Marcus Rashford seeks more change after food voucher win – BBC News Online

17 June 2020.  Footballer Marcus Rashford says he wants to do more to help those in need after winning a battle to have a free school meal voucher scheme extended:


News:  Johnson makes U-turn on free school meals after Rashford campaign – Guardian Online

16 June 2020, Rajeev Syal, Heather Stewart & Helen Pidd.  Boris Johnson has been forced into a humbling U-turn over providing food vouchers for some of England’s poorest families after a campaign launched by the footballer Marcus Rashford threatened to engulf his government in another crisis:


News:  Marcus Rashford: Food voucher U-turn after footballer’s campaign – BBC News Online

16 June 2020.  About 1.3m children in England will be able to claim free school meal vouchers in the summer holidays, after a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford:


News:  ‘Protect the vulnerable’: Marcus Rashford’s emotional letter to MPs – Guardian Online

15 June 2020, Marcus Rashford: “I encourage you to hear the children’s pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holidays”:

‘Protect the vulnerable’: Marcus Rashford’s emotional letter to MPs

News: All Dutch primary pupils are back in school: here’s how – TES Online

14 June 2020, Linda van Druijten.  ​​​​​​​Dutch primary schools reopened to all children last Monday, here a Dutch headteacher explains how it is working:

All Dutch primary pupils are back in school: here’s how

News:  Coronavirus social-contact curbs ‘put adolescents at risk’ – BBC News Online

13 June 2020, Philippa Roxby.  Reduced face-to-face contact among teenagers and their friends during the pandemic could have damaging long-term consequences, neuroscientists say:


News: Why don’t schools make more of pick-up time? – TES Online

12 June 2020, Jan Pahl.  Until recently every afternoon in term time over 2 million people turned up at school entrances to pick up children and take them home:

Why don’t schools make more of pick-up time?

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