Education insights: School Christmas holiday extension, the rise in home educating and the stigma of unemployment

This week has revealed an end in sight to lockdown 2.0 meaning thoughts are starting to turn to Christmas, and as the government announces its plan to allow households to mix during the festive period, what does this mean for schools and the education landscape? We’ve pulled together some of the top news and announcements in education this week.

No closing early for schools at Christmas

Schools have been told not to finish the autumn term early in a statement issued as part of the Prime Minister's new winter plan for tackling Covid-19. They have also been told to await updated guidance on how to operate under the latest set of coronavirus restrictions. The government has said that the changes to social restrictions over Christmas will not require any children to be taken out of school prematurely. But with debate around mixing households during the festive period ongoing, we can only hope that this is in the best interest of health and safety.

Covid fears prompt 38% rise in home educating

There has been a huge rise in the number of children removed from school to be home educated, with many parents saying they were driven by Covid fears. Luckily, many organisations have been quick to adapt to this need, including this suite of home learning content from LifeSkills created with Barclays. A survey of 151 local councils by the Association of Directors of Children's Services suggests the number of home-schooled children in England rose 38% in the past year.

Pandemic has reduced the stigma of unemployment

The global pandemic is helping to break the stigma of unemployment, according to new research from LinkedIn. While 82% of HR professionals believe there was stigma surrounding unemployment before Covid-19, nearly half (47%) say it has reduced since the pandemic. We hope that this change in thinking sparks more open and honest conversations around employability, encouraging people to meet these challenges with a positive attitude.

Education of poorest pupils in England and Wales 'suffers most during Covid isolation'

A survey for charity Teach First has revealed the scale of the socio-economic divide among schools in England and Wales. Four out of five schools with the poorest pupils in England and Wales were found to not have enough devices or sufficient internet access to ensure all self-isolating pupils can keep learning. We have spoken in previous blogs about the amazing local organisations that have helped their community with access to internet and devices, but is it now time for a nationwide overhaul?

How coronavirus impacts Gen Z’s careers

It has been revealed that a lot of Gen Z’ers are considering a major transition in their career path. A new survey shows that 27% of respondents are interested in shifting to essential worker roles, 16% are contemplating a switch to technology, 10% to healthcare, and 8% to finance. In our recent Education Matters webinar we were joined by experts in the business and education field to share insight on the role brands play in Gen Z’s career prospects. Keep an eye out for a summary of the event to find out more! 

About the author

Eloise Turner

Eloise has gained lots of marketing and comms knowledge having worked with a range of organisations in the education, women’s health and global logistics industry. With experience in content creation, copywriting and social media she brings her passion for reaching the younger audience when working on projects for Sport England, LifeSkills created with Barclays and RSPCA.

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