Posts for Learning

Ways to Make Lockdown in the Home More Fun

  Long gone are the days where a walk in the sunshine and excessive baking of banana bread was enough to feed our desperate attempt to find balance in between enjoying lockdown and not losing our marbles. Since we are now in our third extended lockdown, the time has come […]

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How to help your children with maths you don’t understand

Flamingo Images/Shutterstock Davide Penazzi, University of Central Lancashire School closures have left many parents in charge of overseeing their children’s education at home. If you are one of them, you might be struggling with maths in particular – not least due to having to grapple with topics and techniques you […]

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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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