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Education insight: Back to school, bitesize learning on Instagram and wellbeing support for educators and young people

Hello September! Holidays are now over, and it has been a busy week in the education sector as millions of pupils are back in school after lockdown. In our education insight this week, we’re bringing you useful updates and news so you can stay up to date.

Millions of pupils return after historic shutdown

This week, millions of pupils of England and Wales returned to school after the lockdown. What's it like going back to school during a global pandemic? It is certainly different, with staggered start times, group bubbles and spaced out desks as schools have had to put safety measures in place to welcome their pupils. Despite all this, we hope that pupils will adapt to the new normal and find joy in being back in the classroom.

Is Instagram the new ultimate GCSE revision tool?

At Hopscotch, we believe embracing social media within education is the way forward - so we loved reading this story from an English teacher who used Instagram to help students with their GCSE revisions. She said the platform was ‘a game changer’ and enabled her to offer engaging bitesize resources that young people could check out on their commute or at home.  

Teachers offered specialist support for their students’ wellbeing

During the pandemic, mental health has deteriorated most amongst young people, and many are now struggling with anxiety as they are going back to school. To help teachers support young people with their wellbeing, the See, Hear, Respond Partnership – led by charity Barnardo’s and funded by the Department for Education (DfE) – is offering a range of resources as well as a telephone helpline. A very welcome initiative to support educators and young people in this challenging time.

Tips and ideas to conduct experiments remotely  

While practical experiments are key to bring science to life, they can be challenging to carry out when students are learning remotely. We spotted these helpful ideas and tips from a physics teacher, who managed to conduct engaging experiments safely while his students were at home. If you’re looking for more, we’ve worked with GSK to create some fun hands-on experiments that can be done at home or in the lab!

Pupils three months behind as new term starts, study claims

A new survey from National Foundation for Educational Research and Nuffield Foundation has found that pupils are, on average, three months behind on their learning following the school closures. The survey also highlights concerns about poorer pupils, stating that the learning gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers has widened. As most young people are now back in school, the catch-up schemes will need to be sustained if they are to be effective.

About the author

Clémence Bernard-Colombat

Clémence has a background in PR and Communications, within sustainability and CSR. She is passionate about delivering impactful campaigns to drive behavioural change and making a difference to young people’s lives. At Hopscotch, she works across GSK STEM Education, Shell’s STEM competition and the Gatsby Foundation career programme.

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