Posts for Learning

Covid catch-up package for schoolchildren

From the Government: Children in England are set to benefit from a £1 billion Covid “catch-up” package to directly tackle the impact of lost teaching time, the Prime Minister and Education Secretary have confirmed. As plans continue for a full return to education from September, the government has announced £650 […]

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Primary school to have more flexibility to invite back pupils

From the Government:   Primary schools in England are to be given greater flexibility to invite back more pupils, but only if the school has capacity within existing guidelines and if protective measures are in place. Children in early years, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 began returning to classrooms […]

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Beware of fake freshers week events

Beware of fake Freshers Week deals, is the message from the National Union of Students (NUS), following a rise in young people being targeted to buy tickets for non-existent events. Students’ Unions have been contacting NUS with stories of scam artists and companies trying to profit from young people by […]

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Large coronavirus study to track spread

From the Government: Up to 20,000 people are being asked to take part in a new government-funded study to further track the extent of the coronavirus spread across England, Scotland and Wales. The research will measure blood antibodies to help determine what proportion of the population has already had the […]

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Support package for universities announced today

From the government: New measures to protect students and universities, including temporary student number controls, have been announced by the Education Secretary today (4 May), answering sector calls on the Covid-19 response. Gavin Williamson has announced the package of measures, drawing on proposals from the universities sector, to stabilise university admissions […]

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Lockdown singing: the science of why music helps us connect in isolation

Shutterstock David M. Greenberg, University of Cambridge and Ilanit Gordon, Bar-Ilan University “Don’t hold back, sing with all of your heart,” said our colleague Simon Baron-Cohen on a Zoom meeting the other night with his fellow band members. Simon is director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University by […]

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Research on facial expressions challenges the way we think about autism

Connorkeating2259/Shutterstock Connor Tom Keating, University of Birmingham and Jennifer Cook, University of Birmingham Autism researchers are starting to think that autistic and non-autistic faces may “speak a different language” when conveying emotion. This could mean the “social difficulties” often associated with autism may, at least partly, result from differences in […]

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New virus infection and antibody test study

20,000 households in England are being contacted to take part in the first wave of a major new government study to track coronavirus (COVID-19) in the general population. Major long-term study will track spread of COVID-19 in general population Study will include antibody testing to help understand levels of immunity […]

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Four video games to boost your mood

The video game Fortnite revels in silliness. Epic Games/IGDB Conor Mckeown, King’s College London In her book How Games Move Us (2016), computer games researcher Katherine Isbister writes that her friends and colleagues believe that gaming might numb people’s emotions. Given the possible connection between games and violence, it may […]

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Disadvantaged children to receive laptops for learning

Disadvantaged children across England are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Devices will be ordered for children in the most vital stages of their education, those who receive support from a […]

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