Wellbeing Of Pupils To Be Prioritised

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInNew guidance will help teachers and councils prepare for the ‘blended model’ of both classroom and home learning when schools re-open in August.The guidance, produced by the Education Recovery Group, also details broad expectations for what Scotland’s curriculum will look like during this period in Early Learning Centres and schools, including through Gaelic Medium Education.The guidance includes:a focus on prioritising the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, practitioners and familiesusing the Refreshed Narrative for Curriculum for Excellence as a practical tool for practitioners.continuing engagement with children and their families to support them in this new way of learningconsidering the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), especially in vulnerable children and young people and those with additional support needsGuidance on the curriculum, aimed at parents and carers, will be published shortly in partnership with the National Parent Forum of ScotlandDeputy First Minister John Swinney said:“Since most schools closed in March, a huge amount of positive work has been undertaken by education professionals to support continuity of learning. This advice recognises that schools, classrooms and ways of learning will be completely different in the recovery phase, so the education system as well as young people and their families will need help and support to adapt.“The core principles of Curriculum for Excellence that give teachers flexibility and put learners at the heart of education will remain critical during the recovery phase. This guidance states that teachers should be confident in prioritising their pupils’ physical and mental wellbeing – over anything else – as the best way of supporting children and young people back into learning.“The curriculum will continue to be developed locally by Early Learning Centres, primary and secondary schools, and partnership colleges, taking account of the local circumstances of children and their families.“Specific guidance is also available for education authorities and schools to support young people who have been most adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with additional support needs or those who may struggle to transition smoothly into the next academic year.”BackgroundCoronavirus (COVID-19): Curriculum for Excellence in the Recovery PhaseCoronavirus (COVID-19): support for continuity in learningTeachers and other school staff are preparing for a new model of learning from 11 August. Education authorities and schools should draw on this national guidance to work in partnership with trades unions, staff, parents and children to develop local plans.These plans are contingent on scientific and medical advice that it is safe to proceed and public health measures being in place.The Education Recovery Group includes representatives from local authorities, teachers’ organisations and trades unions.last_img read more

“Beauty and the Beast” and “The Belko Experiment” among this week’s new releases

first_imgDisney – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:* Beauty and the Beast — This musical, starring Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle and Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as the Beast, is a live-action remake of the 1991 animated Disney classic about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline. Rated PG. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.* The Belko Experiment — The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr., Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn and Emerald City‘s Adria Arjona star in this thriller about 80 Americans locked in their high-rise office in Bogotá, Colombia who are forced into a deadly game of kill-or-be-killed as part of a twisted experiment. Rated R.Opening in limited release on Friday:T2: Trainspotting — The sequel to the 1996’s Trainspotting finds Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton reuniting with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie after 20 years abroad. Rated R.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

M&CC must assess consequences of moving to seize movable property

first_imgDear Editor,The announcement made by the Town Clerk of Georgetown, that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be moving to seize movable property as part of its efforts to recover billions of dollars owed by the delinquent ratepayers, is tongue-in-cheek, particularly coming from him, who is aware of the trauma that is caused by such seizures. As they say here in Guyana ‘Sorry fah magga dog, magga dog turn round bite you’.But has Council even considered what would happen should their creditors take the same punitive action against them for their delinquency? They should realize that if you can’t take it, then don’t dish it out.What if the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL) cut electricity to municipal buildings for the tens of millions owed to them for street lighting etc? And the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) cut the water supply for non-payment, including for their clinics, day care centres and abattoir?What about if their bankers took serious action for their non-serviced overdraft? And the garbage contractors for the more than three hundred million dollars owed for two years or more?What about if the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) moved against them for the tens of millions that they deduct from their employees but (allegedly) fail to pay over to the respective agencies?What about if municipal employees took strike action for constant late payments?As the saying goes, ‘People who live in glass houses should not throw stones’.With thanks,Riley Matthewslast_img read more