Education figures react to the latest lockdown and impact on schools

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 4 January 2021, Educate reached out to headteachers and senior leaders to find out how they are feeling about the new lockdown and some school closures.  Mr Stephen Brierley headteacher of St Margaret’s Church of England Academy in Aigburth, Liverpool. As I write, Gavin Williamson has

Going the extra mile – Youth Award Programmes explored

By Hannah Fowler Whether it’s the arts, sport or STEM, many students take part in extra-curricular activities to gain new skills and stand out in their chosen career paths. Well-recognised youth award programmes are now common place and give young people the formal recognition and accreditation for their achievements. Educate takes

Open days with a difference – the new normal

As we enter 2021 and with coronavirus still rife, life as we once knew it will not be returning back to ‘normal’ for a while. Instead, we must hit the ground running and accept these changes and make the most out of this bad situation. Last year saw the beginning of

Catch-up with School Improvement Liverpool

The Government recently announced a £1 billion COVID Catch-up package to help schools reinstate a broad and balanced curriculum across a wide range of subjects. This includes a ‘Universal Catch-up Premium’ of £80 per pupil which the Department for Education (DfE) guidelines state “schools should use this money for specific

Keep calm and carry on – communicating in a crisis

School leaders have risen to many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic – from social distancing, remote learning and ensuring the most vulnerable are protected. Underlining all these challenges is the need for clear and effective communication, ensuring that pupils, parents and other key stakeholders know what is happening at the