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Education: Primary

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SCHOOLS across Harlow have begun to test and trace staff as they adapt to a new lockdown. The director of operations at BMAT, which oversees Burnt Mill Academy and Mark Hall Academy, tweeted out a photo of their operation base. Whilst the headteacher of Stewards…

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COVID rates among school staff in some areas are as much as four times the corresponding local authority average, Tes can reveal. Figures for three councils obtained by the NASUWT teachers’ union show that the staff coronavirus infections are far outstripping local rates, casting doubt on the government’s repeated assertion that teachers are…

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ASSEMBLY is such an important part of the school day. Cooks Spinney would like to share this event with you to keep children united albeit in a virtual way. Assemblies can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Twitter from 09:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays &…

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THE attendance of young children in school during the Covid-19 lockdown has been praised. Pupils at Little Parndon Primary Academy, in Harlow, continue to attend lessons every day, despite a second wave of Coronavirus nationally. Headteacher Mark Evans said constant communication between the school and…

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WORKING parents trying to balance work and childcare should be put on furlough while schools are closed, the umbrella body for UK trades unions says reports the BBC. Bosses may not be aware that they can use the scheme to support parents, according to the…

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RECENTLY, Ashlyn Care Home in Harlow received a wonderful surprise from Cooks Spinney Primary Academy. Over the years, the children of Cooks Spinney have visited Ashlyn at Christmas time to sing Christmas carols, play games together and have a nice chat. But this year, with the COVID-19 precautions…

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IT may be more than ten years until they hit the road, but these youngsters are already clued-up on running a car. Pupils in Early Years at Little Parndon Primary Academy, in Harlow, got to explore their teachers’ cars as part of their life skills…

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SECONDARY schools will be shut for at least the first week of term apart from for children in years 11 and 13 – but primary schools will be open as usual from Monday, Michael Gove said today.  Cabinet Office minister Mr Gove has said the Government wants the…

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A PRIMARY school has been recognised for its efforts to keep children active during lockdown. Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, in Harlow, has achieved the Active Essex Certificate of Appreciation as an Essex Activity Hero for “outstanding contributions to your community during 2020”. Children took part…

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FAMILIES showed their gratitude to their child’s teachers by supporting a local charity. Reception teachers at Roydon Primary Academy, in Roydon, suggested parents donate the money they would normally spend on gifts for them to Harlow Food Bank. In response, families rallied and collected £500…

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Avengers assembled to battle against Covid-19 in a modern nativity play. PUPILS and parents at Roydon Primary Academy, in Roydon, came together to produce a unique show. A digital production saw the community re-enact the final scene in Avengers End Game, using children as Avengers…

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THE story may have been traditional, but the means to deliver it were every bit the modern day. Early Years pupils at Little Parndon Primary Academy, in Harlow, turned to the internet to deliver their first nativity play. With bubbles forced to isolate as preparations…

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A SCHOOL community is helping to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in support of their headteacher’s daughter. Pupils at Roydon Primary Academy, in Harlow, took part in Wear a Hat Day to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. The school challenged pupils…

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COVID-19 has brought unparalleled challenges to modern education this year. Primary schools throughout the region have faced much uncertainty and had to adapt quickly to ever-changing guidance. Vine Schools Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust based in Chelmsford and is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford. The Trust currently supports 23 primary…

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PUPILS at The Downs invite you to join in with a virtual festive sing-along! The festive season is in full swing at The Downs, with each class taking part in a Christmas sing-along.  You can check out videos for each class by clicking on the…

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SCHOOLS will have to train staff in up to seven different roles and get government sign-off on dealings with the press under plans for a mass Covid testing regime due to be launched next year. The Department for Education announced today that rapid-result lateral flow tests…