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Education insights: After-school clubs continue and the importance of careers education

December is quickly approaching as we’re beginning to see the first festive adverts of the year on our TVs, hearing whispers of “shall we put up the Christmas decorations early?” and feeling ready to leave 2020 behind and move into a new year. As some of us begin to celebrate Christmas, the education sector continues to uncover the effects of months of lockdown as they try to support young people in the development of their academic and careers education.

Teachers and business say careers education is fundamental to supporting young people on road to Covid recovery

This week, the Careers and Enterprise Company published a new report showing how teachers and business leaders are united in the belief that careers education is central to the support young people need to pick up from the pandemic and find jobs. Delivering careers education has always been important but now it’s crucial, with the latest data showing 60% of the job losses since the start of the pandemic are among 16-24 year olds. It is vital young people develop the skills they need for entering the world of work, make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

Technical education: teachers must become students

Teachers may need extra training and education to teach in technical disciplines which could help to transform the economy through reducing the skill gaps and increasing unemployment rates. This could be a great opportunity for teachers to diversify, build their knowledge and skills and continuously learn with governmental support. Developing a society which is continuously learning….

England: 'shocking' decline in primary pupils' attainment after lockdown

Testing has revealed a “shocking” decline in primary school pupils’ levels of attainment in England after lockdown, with younger children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected. The results show the first detailed insight into the impact of the pandemic, showing an average decline in performance of between 5% and 15% on previous years. This is worrying for parents and teachers who will be trying to plan how to help those students most affected, while also looking after their wellbeing and mental health.

Charity claims after-school sports clubs CAN now go ahead after government climbdown

The government introduced a controversial new lockdown rule banning after-school sports clubs unless they were for childcare and this week, following an outcry from parents, teachers and pupils, this rule has been ditched. Sports and keeping active in general is so important for the wellbeing of children so we’re pleased to see this rule being dropped, as long as they meet Covid protocols, such as bubbles, and are risk assessed.

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

The government’s Kickstart Scheme has created over 19,000 job placements for unemployed 16-24-year olds – with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead. Jobs in tech, film and TV, communications, fitness and the charity sector are among the roles on offer at companies including Bloomberg, British Chambers of Commerce, Network Rail and LADbible group. This is such positive news as young people have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic and with the scheme running until December 2021, it is expected to create more than 250,000 high-quality jobs.

About the author

Georgia Shiels

Georgia began her career in marketing while racing competitively in motorsport where she then gained her degree in automotive engineering. Georgia’s passion for encouraging young girls into STEM subjects grew from here. She volunteered as a STEM ambassador and she brings her STEM passion alongside many years of marketing and comms experience to her work at Hopscotch.

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