Posts for Learning

Chief UK Medical Officers speak out on schools’ return

This is a consensus statement from the Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the current evidence of risks and benefits to health from schools and childcare settings reopening. It takes into account UK and international studies, and summaries of the […]

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Students protest about ‘exam fiasco’ and grade inequality

From the NUS: Students from across the UK are to hold socially-distanced, static protests outside Department for Education (DfE) buildings in London, Bristol, Coventry, at 1pm on Thursday 20th August. There will also be an online protest hosted by the National Union of Students (NUS) at the same time on Twitter […]

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Muddy knees and climbing trees: how a summer playing outdoors can help children recharge

Pexels Avril Rowley, Liverpool John Moores University Most adults will remember spending much of their childhood playing outdoors without much parental supervision. But fears for children’s safety plus the demands of modern life mean many parents don’t allow their children the same freedoms. We live in an age where people […]

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Lifestyle factors known to influence dementia risk

With two parents who have suffered dementia, I am always an avid reader of anything which indicates we may have some control over this terrible disease. Anyway, experts have increased the number of lifestyle factors known to influence our risk of developing dementia from nine to 12. Taking action on […]

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Many uni students do not feel safe to recommence face to face teaching in September

New results from a survey conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) of 1,067 students show how important it is for universities not to rush to bring students back on to campus too quickly. Any move to do so is likely to undermine students’ confidence in their own safety. […]

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Why young people still want to go to university, even though it’ll be very different to usual

F8 studio/Shutterstock Catherine Carroll-Meehan, University of Portsmouth Applications to universities in the UK have increased during the COVID-19 lockdown. UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, has reported a 1.6% increase from last year, and over 40% of all UK 18-year-olds have now applied to university. This rise may come […]

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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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