Posts for Learning

Urgent review of free school meals requested of PM

In light of recent developments on current food provision for Free School Meal pupils during Covid-19 school closure, a letter signed by Marcus Rashford MBE, Jamie Oliver, Dame Emma Thompson, Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and over 40 NGOs, Charities and Education Leaders has was sent yesterday to Prime Minister […]

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This is why you can’t stop watching ‘bad’ TV

StunningArt/Shutterstock John Ellis, Royal Holloway TV viewing has become more important during the pandemic, but a sense of shame still lingers around it. Even TV scholars still use the term “guilty pleasures” to describe their enjoyment of reality TV or series which attract some of the biggest viewing audiences, such […]

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What a fear of maths does to children – new research

Neirfy/Shutterstock Kinga Morsanyi, Loughborough University; Carlo Tomasetto, Università di Bologna; Paddy O’Connor, Queen’s University Belfast, and Veronica Guardabassi, Università di Bologna Maths anxiety is the feeling of tension and fear that many people experience when called on to work out a sum. For children, it can lead to behavioural problems […]

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Students to be Covid tested before returning to uni after Christmas

Students will be asked to stagger their return to universities after Christmas to help protect those around them and reduce transmission of Covid-19, the Government has announced today (Wednesday 2 December). New guidance published by the Department for Education will set out how higher education providers should manage student returns over a […]

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Change of journey fees waived for students coming home

Students who had already booked train tickets to travel home for Christmas before the announcement of the student travel window can now rebook their tickets to travel between 3 to 9 December (2020) without paying additional fees. Students who bought an Advance ticket before 11 November (2020) for a date […]

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Marcus Rashford’s book club couldn’t come at a better time – children’s reading is at a 15-year low

It is important that children sees themselves in the books that read. wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, UCL England international footballer and child poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford has announced that he is launching a book club. The initiative will distribute books to children, particularly those from vulnerable and underprivileged backgrounds, in […]

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Today’s government guidance for uni students home for Christmas

From the government: University students will be able to travel home to spend Christmas with their families once the national restrictions end on 2 December, following steps set out in new Government guidance published today. In order to travel home safely, students in England will be required to follow the current national restrictions in place until 2 December, […]

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#NewWaysNovember

I appreciate many people will be deeply worried about lockdown, more furlough, lost jobs, income, food, etc. It is impacting virtually every family I know. I realise not everyone has the time or ability to be creative, etc., because of financial or health worries, but some of the suggestions below […]

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Why you should never use Microsoft Excel to count coronavirus cases

PixieMe/Shutterstock Paul Clough, University of Sheffield Public Health England has admitted that 16,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK were missed from daily figures being reported between September 25 and October 2. The missing figures were subsequently added to the daily totals, but given the importance of these numbers for […]

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Students targeted in HMRC tax scams

Students starting university this year are being warned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that they could be targeted by a fresh wave of tax scams. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to cybercrime. With universities taking a blended approach to online and face-to-face […]

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