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What’s Hot

Diversity and decolonisation in the English curriculum

While calls for a more diverse curriculum are not new, events this year have brought the issue back sharply into focus. We explore ways to make a meaningful, lasting change to our English curricula, embedding diversity across the curriculum.

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Return to school: keeping geography alive

With a new academic year on the horizon, we explore keeping geography firmly on the timetable and adapting the curriculum and geographical experiences to embrace the ‘new normal’.

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Language Trends 2020

We summarise the findings and recommendations from the Language Trends 2020 report, and highlight what they mean for primary language teaching.

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In the news

DFE: Teaching Music in Schools Guidance

The DfE has published a model music curriculum for Key Stages 1&2. Subject Leaders will publish a summary of the guidance in due course.

Arts Council England: Creativity Exchange

Arts Council England has launched Creativity Exchange – a “new online community to encourage teaching for creativity across the curriculum.” It facilitates the sharing of ideas, articles and resources. You can sign up here.

Book prize short and longlists

Shortlists for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway book prizes have been published as have the longlist for the Jhalak Prize.

Sheffield Hallam University: research on physical activity, mood, confidence and schoolwork

Research from Sheffield Hallam University suggests “Physically active children report improvements in their schoolwork, behaviour and mental health.”

Education Endowment Fund: Improving Literacy in KS1 update

The Education Endowment Fund has updated its Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1 guidance to “take account of the latest research – including a number of relevant EEF-funded evaluations of high-potential programmes – and also to offer teacher-led exemplifications of how its eight recommendations can be put into practice”.

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In the Diary


2nd April is International Children’s Book Day

5th–12th April is International Dark Sky Week

7th April is World Health Day

9th April is Mary Jackson’s birthday (1921-2005)

15th April is World Art Day

15th April is Benjamin Zephaniah’s birthday (1958-present)

18th April is International Day for Monuments and Sites

23rd April is Spanish Language Day

23rd April is International Girls in ICT Day

30th April 1963 marks the start of the Bristol Bus Boycott

27th April is Darcy Bussell’s birthday (1969-present)

28th April is Walter Daniel John Tull’s birthday (1888-1918)

30th April is International Jazz Day


May is National Share a Story Month

3-9th May is Sun Awareness Week

5th May is World Portuguese Language Day

7th May is Michael Rosen’s birthday (1946-present)

7th May is Johannes Brahms birthday (1833-1897)

10th-16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week

17th-21st May is Walk to School Week

18th May is Margot Fonteyn’s birthday (1919-1991)

20th May is World Metrology Day

20th May is World Bee Day

21st May is Henri Rousseau’s birthday (1844-1910)

21st May is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

21st May is Mary Anning’s birthday (1799-1847)


June is Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month

4th-16th June is National Bike Week

7th June is Damien Hirst’s birthday (1965-present)

8th June is World Oceans Day

12th June is Anne Frank’s birthday (1929-1945)

14th-20th June is Refugee Week (including World Refugee Day on the 20th)

14th-20th June is Nutrition and Hydration Week

17th June is Venus Williams’ birthday (1980-present)

21st June is Fête de la Musique

21st June is World Music Day/Make Music Day

23rd June is Alan Turing’s birthday (1912-1954)

23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day

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Funding and Competitions

Farmvention (when farming meets invention) STEM competition is open for entries from children aged 5 – 14. This year’s challenge focuses on the “problems that climate change creates for British farmers and how they are fighting it to become Climate Superheroes”. Winners receive £1000 for STEM or Outdoor Learning equipment for their school. Entries close on 31st May 2021.

The 2021 Raspberry Pi Competition is “challenging 8- to 18-year-olds to design technology to help create a positive future for everyone as we come out of an unprecedented period of uncertainty.” First round entries close at midnight on Friday 30 April 2021.

Funding is available from the Nineveh Trust to promote understanding of the countryside and the environment. Previous grants have been awarded to schools for the development of outdoor classrooms and gardens.

The BlueSpark Foundation offers grants of up to £5000 for projects that support the education and development of children and young people. One of its categories is promoting creativity. Guidance on how to apply can be found here.

The Institute of Mathematics education grant scheme welcomes applications from primary schools, but explains that ‘the activities described should involve collaboration with a secondary school, FE college or HEI.’ Applications close on 30th November 2021.

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AccessArt runs a number of distance learning courses. They cost between £15 and £25, and can be started at any time.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TES has a remote learning free course on sustainability, aimed at primary teachers.

The London Connected Learning Centre is running a range of remote CPD courses for primary computing teachers.

Schools History runs online CPD for Key Stage 2 History.

PowerLanguages run online teacher language training courses for French and Spanish. These are aimed at teachers with little or no language skills.

Creative Education runs Outstanding Learning in the Primary D&T Curriculum  on various dates across the academic year. The course runs from 10:00-16:00, with tickets costing £269+VAT

The CLPE has developed a series of webinars to support literacy in the classroom. Find out about upcoming events here.


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