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Easy as ABC – NDNA hosts our biggest virtual event

Early years phenomenon Alistair Bryce-Clegg gave hundreds of nursery owners, managers and practitioners an hour of inspiration and entertainment in a free event to thank the sector.

The former nursery teacher mesmerised about 400 nursery practitioners with his real-life hilarious stories but also spoke passionately about how to give children the best learning opportunities while at nursery....

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OFSTED explain how they will carry out summary evaluations of multi-acadamy trusts

Ofsted launches updated guidance for summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts Updated guidance explains how Ofsted will carry out summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts.

From: Ofsted

Published 14 September 2021

Ofsted has today (14 September), launched updated guidance for summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts (MATs) .

Summary evaluations look at the...

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Fraud Facts for Freshers

The Student Loans Company (SLC) is warning students to be on their guard for phishing and fraudulent scams around payment time

From: Student Loans Company

The Student Loans Company (SLC) is warning students to be on their guard for phishing and fraudulent scams as the company is preparing to pay over £2 billion in maintenance funding to more than 1 million students throughout...

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Twinkl helps educators welcoming pupils arriving from overseas into the new school year

Following increased demand over the summer for educational resources related to the needs of pupils arriving from overseas, educational publisher Twinkl, whose mission is to ‘help those who teach’ has launched a dedicated area on its website ‘International New Arrivals’ - designed to support educators, children and their families.

For many years, Twinkl has produced specialist...

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Parents back longer school day for more sport and drama, new poll

  • Longer school day vital to youth recovery from pandemic
  • The call from the Centre for Social Justice, backed by rugby ace Lawrence Dallaglio, comes after UK’s Covid-19 curbs see a 55 per cent increase in ‘severely absent’ pupils
  • YouGov poll shows 23 per cent of England’s poorest children denied extra-curricular activities
  • Disadvantaged pupils faced an 18-
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Crowdfunder partners with Sport England, Sport Wales and Sport NI to deliver crucial funding pots for sports clubs

  • Powered by funding from Sport England, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland, Crowdfunder will oversee £6.5m of funding for grassroots sports clubs, sports charities already seeking public support
  • Funds are launched as new stats reveal almost 100% of sports clubs across England suffered financial losses during the pandemic, with many turning to crowdfunding to stay
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New reception pupils are the ‘least school-ready’ for generations

Children starting reception this term are expected to face the most challenging school start for generations, as new analysis from the charity Nesta reveals that the average pupil missed more than a quarter of their early years education due to the pandemic.

In 2019, the average four-year old spent 25 hours a week at nursery - around three full days - in the year before they started...

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Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

The Government is providing funding for training to help two to four year-olds with language and mathematic skills, as part of early years recovery investment.

From: Department for Education and Vicky Ford MP

Published 6 September 2021

Thousands of pre-school children will benefit from improved language, numeracy and personal, social and emotional skills, thanks to...

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Targeted support for vulnerable young people in serious violence hotspots

Young people at risk of exploitation to be supported through 'taskforces' in 21 new areas

From: Department for Education and Vicky Ford MP

Vulnerable young people at risk of being drawn into crime or gangs will benefit from a funding boost to help them stay engaged with their education and out of harm.

Following commitments laid out in the Government’s Beating Crime...

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  • Parents’ support for a mobile ban in schools is growing, up to 57% from 49% two years ago
  • Three quarters of parents (74%) claim mobiles are a distraction, three in five (61%) believe a ban would cut bullying and a quarter (24%) believe it would reduce peer pressure to buy premium handset
  • But almost four million parents (27%) think banning mobiles at school
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New handbook for schools and children to act on climate change

The Wildlife Trusts unveil new educational guides for children to learn about how nature can help tackle the climate crisis.

Today, a new educational pack, Nature’s Climate Heroes, is launched to help primary school children understand the connections between the natural world, a changing climate, and people.

Solutions to address climate change and wildlife loss should be...

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