Life without school

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Post by JIM CURRAN » Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:17 am

Pupils ‘need help, not more classes’, experts say

Schoolchildren are under huge pressure to catch up on lessons lost during Covid lockdowns… but more help not extra classes could be key, experts say

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Post by JIM CURRAN » Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:46 pm

'Impending doom': teachers dread the 'big bang' reopening of schools in England

Teachers concerns include why they haven’t been vaccinated against Covid before pupils’ mass return on 8 March

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Re: Life without school

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:29 am

England's Covid catch-up plan for pupils: summer schools and tutoring
Critics say measures to close attainment gap including £400m extra funding do not go far enough

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Re: Life without school

Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:48 am

Ireland to start reopening schools as it extends other Covid restrictions

Education and childcare prioritised in cautious lockdown roadmap after disastrous Christmas relaxation

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Post by JIM CURRAN » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:45 pm

Poorer pupils showing 50% more 'learning loss' due to Covid than wealthier ones, says DfE report
Some secondary school children have lost more than two months’ worth of learning, according to a government report, which states that the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers may have widened in the pandemic, PA Media reports. PA says:

Researchers said the findings show that pupil catch-up interventions need to be “heavily targeted at the poorest pupils”.

The research commissioned by the Department for Education to understand the progress pupils make in the 2020 to 2021 academic year found that all year groups in England have experienced a learning loss in reading, ranging from 1.6 months to two months.

The learning losses in mathematics were greater, with primary school learning losses averaging just over three months, but due to small sample sizes it was not possible to provide an estimate for secondary schools.

And here are some extracts from the report (pdf) which was carried out for the DfE by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning. It says:

All year groups have experienced a learning loss in reading. In primary schools these were typically between 1.7 and 2.0 months, and in year 8 and year 9, 1.6 and 2.0 months respectively ...

The learning losses in mathematics were greater. We estimate that, on average, pupils in primary schools have experienced a learning loss of just over three months. It has not been possible to derive robust estimates for pupils in secondary school in mathematics.

There appear to be some regional disparities in the level of learning loss in reading with pupils in the North East and in Yorkshire and the Humber seeing the greatest losses. However, the differences between regions are relatively small once we control for historic rates of progress in these areas and all regions have experienced losses.

We also find schools with high levels of disadvantage have experienced higher levels of loss than other schools, particularly in secondary (2.2 months in schools with high rates of free school meal eligibility and 1.5 months in schools with low rates of free school meal eligibility).

Jon Andrews, head of analysis at the EPI, said:

Our analysis shows that learning losses in schools that have many pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds were around 50% higher than those schools with very few pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. This underlines the need for pupil catch-up interventions to be heavily targeted at the poorest pupils.

The figures in the report are based on assessments carried out in the first half of the autumn term last year. Natalie Perera, chief executive of the EPI, said that since then “pupils have faced further disruption as a result of this period of school closures”.

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Post by JIM CURRAN » Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:45 am

Teachers to get sweeping powers to decide exam results in England
Algorithms will not be used again but lack of national guidelines prompt fears of grade inflation

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Post by JIM CURRAN » Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:45 am

English school leaders despair over new rules on Covid tests and masks
Teachers concerned that measures are unenforceable and some parents may withhold consent for regular testing

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... -and-masks

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Re: Life without school

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:04 am

How will teachers decide exam grades in England this summer?
What we know so far about the plan to replace in-person exams with teacher assessments

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2 ... his-summer

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