With the recent pandemic, education has been brought out of the shadows of the classroom and given a new, more glamorous status in the spotlight: agile, innovative, collaborative. This last word is key, as charities, industry leaders and young people themselves are encouraged to join the ranks of famous faces creating online, user-generated content.

During the recent Refugee Week, we celebrated all that refugees bring to our society. I’ve been volunteering as a mentor for the charity, Breadwinners, along with my colleague Becky, since last year. Breadwinners provides jobs, work experience, training and mentoring for refugees and young people seeking asylum, across London farmers market stalls. On 21st June, the Breadwinners family came together for a virtual fun run, supporting Refugee Week and its #SimpleActs campaign.

We sat down with Sarah McCarthy, Employability Programmes Manager at IGD (The Institute of Grocery Distribution) to discuss what they’re doing to bring the industry to life for teachers and young people and how their Educator Hub and free online schools programme can be used for remote learning.  

With schools remaining closed, as the government continues to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, many parents and guardians have found themselves responsible for their children’s education. While some will put themselves under pressure to maintain curriculum-level education, this can cause stress for everyone involved. We’ve pulled together our top tips for parents and guardians to support their child and manage their own stress levels while the school gates are shut.

Each week we'll be posting a blog, direct from a teacher on the front line, about their experience and challenges they're facing following school closures. The fifth in the series is written by primary and secondary school teacher, Paul Bateson from West Yorkshire.

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