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Education: Primary

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Purford Green pupil takes on big Christmas read in charity challenge PURFORD Green pupil, Fletcher Warren has decided to raise money for a charity very close to his heart. Jacob, aged 8, is a close friend of Fletcher’s and was born with retinoblastoma – a…

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YOUNG people are getting outside to learn life skills, to improve their mental health and to feel empathy for nature. Each week, pupils at Cooks Spinney Primary Academy take part in Forest Friday to learn outdoors, while building their independence and confidence. Some of the…

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MENTAL health champions are helping children to navigate their way through the emotion of the pandemic. A group of 17 teachers, co-educators, one-to-ones, learning mentors, office staff and PE staff across Little Parndon Primary Academy, in Harlow, have undergone training to become Mental Health Champions.…

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SCHOOLS will “effectively be on call” until Christmas eve to help with coronavirus contact tracing, a council has warned headteachers. In a report in Schools Week, the Department for Education has said that schools will need to inform students and parents of how to contact…

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EXTRA measures to “boost fairness and support students” will be used for next summer’s GCSE and A-level exams in England, ministers have announced reports the BBC. More generous grading, advance notice of exam topics and additional papers are promised by the Department for Education to…

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A CHILDREN’S author is turning to pupils in Roydon to approve her books before publishing. Pupils at Roydon Primary Academy get a first glimpse of books by Jennifer Killick before they go to print. The author visited the school in 2018 to speak with pupils…

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YH is aware of different year groups having to go into isolation due to a student contracting Covid-19. Some schools have had just one year group off whilst others have had several year groups off. Some schools have had staff resources severely stretched. YH thought…

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YOUNG people have found a new way to compete in sporting competitions during lockdown. Pupils at Little Parndon Primary Academy traditionally take part in inter-school contests every Friday. With Covid-19 restrictions meaning that is not now possible, new ways of competing have been established. PE…

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By Local Democracy Reporter WAGE freezes over the past decade have left teachers in Essex missing out on more than £4,000 a year, data has shown. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced this week a new pay freeze for many public sector workers, but for most it…

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A HARLOW school has thanked an Ingatestone company for the donation of a Christmas tree. Headteacher, Mrs Peden said: “We would like to thank Larkins Farm for their donation of a Christmas Tree for Pear Tree Mead Academy.  “Every member of staff and all the…

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ESSEX-wide Campaign to Safeguard Vulnerable Children on Public Transport A partnership campaign will be launching on Monday 23 November to raise awareness of child exploitation at stations and transport networks in parts of Essex. Under the banner of Operation Henderson, the joint initiative is being run…

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FOOTBALL star Marcus Rashford has praised Longwood Primary students after they wrote letters to him. The England and Manchester United star received letters from Year 2 students Amelia, Willow and Charie James in which they thanked him for his work in extending access to Free…

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Holy Cross Catholic Primary AcademyTracyes Road, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6JJ Head Teacher: Miss S McGuiggan BEd(Hons) www.holycross-pri.essex.sch.uk Teaching Assistant Scale 3 scp 4 – 5 (depending on experience) REQUIRED for 16.15 hours per week during term time (KS2). The successful applicant will be required to…

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A SCHOOL is appealing for Harlow residents to share old photos and artefacts to help children to learn about their history. Little Parndon Primary Academy has set up a board dedicated to the history of Harlow as part of its tailormade curriculum. It is collecting…

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A HEADTEACHER has praised her community as she settles into the new leadership role during the pandemic. Anna Myatt took on her first primary school headship in September at Roydon Primary Academy, in Roydon. Having joined the school several months previously, Mrs Myatt was able…

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A busy term for pupils at The Downs Primary School THIS term, pupils at the Downs have been getting involved in numerous activities to encourage healthy lifestyles and develop their understanding of the world around them. Although inter-school sporting competitions as we know them are…