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Wellbeing for Education Return Programme
As schools across the country are preparing to fully re-open again for the new academic year the government has announced an 8 million pound backed programme which will provide schools and colleges the resources needed to support their staff and students with the emotional impacts of Coronavirus. The programme will be led by trained mental health professionals and experts and made available from September. 
Children Summer Reading
Summer is a great time for students to pick up and get lost in a fabulous book! 
 
Here we have listed some books that promise an exciting read for students around year 5 and year 6. These books will also help boost students' vocabulary! 
 
Happy reading! 
Developing your child's writing skills
One reason many parents come to us for tuition is to help develop their child's writing skills. Writing forms a part of the English curriculum for all year groups and schools focus on grammar, creativity and different writing styles and techniques to help children build their skills in writing. 
 
Helping children enjoy and develop a flair for writing early on will lay the foundations for later years when they will be expected to use more sophisticated language and writing techniques and write longer pieces at school, such as essays. However, writing is by no means limited to the school environment, most people will need to use writing skills in their daily lives, whether that includes writing an email, a letter or a CV. 
Rewarding good behaviour in the classroom
In classrooms it is often the case that students' poor behaviour is recognised and rewarded with instant attention. This can fuel said behaviour and even encourage it because students who display poor behaviour repeatedly are often met with lower expectations to do well from their teachers, a reputation for being 'naughty' and often also admired for this 'naughty' badge from peers. This can serve as a form of recognition for students who, for different reasons, are acting up in class. Those students who are working quietly and diligently are often overpowered by this type of behaviour and the great work these students do can go unnoticed. 
National Tutoring Programme
The government recently announced a National Tutoring Programme to support disadvantaged students who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme will make high-quality tuition available to state-maintained primary and secondary schools across the country, helping students who have missed out most on their learning as a result of school closures. 
 
 
 
Developments in schools reopening
With plans for a wider opening of schools where all primary school children would return before the summer break now having been scrapped by the government some children won't be back at school until September, at the very earliest. 
 
After the initial reopening of schools at the beginning of the month saw reception, year 1 and year 6 children return to school, the government had plans for a wider reopening with further primary year groups as well as some secondary pupils able to return to school this academic year. These plans are now not materialising in the way ministers first announced. 
 
 
 
Reading Comprehension Top Tips
Schools in the UK have now been closed to all students, except for those children classed as vulnerable and children of key workers, for nearly 7 weeks and many expected them to stay closed until the next academic year. However Boris Johnson is due to announce at the end of the week that schools are to reopen for some students as early as 1st June as part of the government's plans to ease the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Students in year 6 are most likely to go back first, followed by the remaining primary years, and pre-GCSE and AS level years in secondary schools. 
Home education during Covid-19
Millions of school children across the UK have been staying at home for the past few weeks due to schools closures imposed by the government during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Parents and carers of school children are therefore suddenly shouldering the responsibility of not only caring for their children during these difficult times, but also managing their children's education. This poses a challenge for many, particularly for those parents who are also trying to manage their own workload. 
Modern Technology in the classroom
According to a recent survey carried out on behalf of the music streaming company ROXI, children are spending 23 hours per week on smartphones and other gadgets, equating to twice as much time as they spend conversing with their parents. 
Back to School blues
All throughout September to December children have a plethora of exciting celebrations to enjoy. First comes Halloween and Bonfire Night, then the whole of the Festive Season, which brings freedom from school, later bedtimes and the sweetest of all diets! However, to children this period of excitement seems to be over in the blink of an eye and it’s back to school in January already. Without another celebration in sight, all that’s left is two months of cold, dark and miserable weather. Sounding familiar to you? Yes, that’s right, children can suffer from the, very common, January Blues too. Therefore, it is important we help our children ease into ‘back-to-school’ life as smoothly as possible. Here at Marvellous Minds, we understand how difficult the transition back to school can be, so we have put together a short guide to help your children thrive this New Year! 
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