Summer has finally arrived this week after the country’s hottest March temperature in over 50 years! All of us at Hopscotch are loving these longer sunny days, however schools are continuing to work hard, prioritising catch-up content, planning for summer school activities, and getting the most out of e-learning.
Kick-start for summer school and activities
With the summer holidays only a few months away, the government has published new guidance for secondary schools to help progress plans for summer schools after the Easter break, using the £200 million funding. It’s positive to see the government trying to help pupils who have experienced academic disruption due to the pandemic and the students will still get to enjoy a summer break with the schools only lasting two weeks.
3 ways e-learning is disrupting the education industry
E-learning has been a new experience for many students, teachers, and parents over the last year and it looks like elements of digital education are staying for good. Many think there is a major opportunity here for entrepreneurs and investors to profit from contributing to an efficient learning process. This is a great time for perhaps even recent school-leavers, to consider how they may be able to help people to learn effectively and improve teaching models and make it a business.
Ofsted hopes subject reviews will help schools prioritise catch-up content
Ofsted is due to publish a series of ‘state of the nation’ research reviews and subject reports to set out the “most helpful ways of securing progression” for schools as they plan which content to prioritise to help pupils catch up. These reviews were already planned prior to the pandemic but these have definitely come at the right time to help support students to catch up.
Hundreds of schools in England sign up for anti-racist curriculum
More than 660 schools across England are adapting their curriculum to reflect the achievements of black and ethnic minority people and address the harmful legacy of colonialism after demand from young people. Schools have signed up to a diverse and anti-racist curriculum developed by teachers and council staff. Providing pupils aged 5-14 with nine weeks of lessons on subjects including the Windrush generation, activism and British identity will hopefully work to encourage racial diversity and equality in the UK.
Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs
This week the government has launched almost 400 qualifications, backed by £95 million of funding, to give adults the opportunity to gain a new qualification for free. This is positive to see as they are designed to help gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs, hopefully working to reduce unemployment caused by the pandemic and work towards a more prosperous future. There are a range of qualifications on offer, from engineering to social care to conservation and are available to any adult who has not already achieved a qualification at level 3.