Minister Ford blog for Parentkind on free school meals while learning at home

Vicky Ford MP
26 January 2021
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All children deserve healthy and nutritious food. Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford MP tells us more about what the Government is doing in England to ensure all eligible children receive nutritious free school meals while they are learning at home.

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Homeschooling - a parent's point of view

The Private Parent
25 January 2021
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Our children are 12 (secondary) and 10 (primary). They have no learning difficulties and we are lucky enough to have plenty of space and IT equipment. My husband and I are both lucky enough to able to work from home. This means that we can be here to support and guide rather than actually teach them.

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Awarding grades and qualifications in 2021 - we want your views

Simon Lebus
25 January 2021
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Exams this year cannot take place as planned. Ofqual Chief Regulator Simon Lebus explains how this summer could look for students and encourages you to contribute your views.

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Who are you?

Clare Jenner
25 January 2021
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One of the most common questions asked by our members is "how to raise awareness of your PTA to parents and the what's best ways to get them involved?". I’ve been recently doing some research and the most important thing PTAs can do is to be more visible. While conducting my research I found some PTAs with no online presence at all and others with beautiful pages or websites but are missing the most important thing which is, sharing how to get in touch or involved, and instead they rely on the school to pass on any enquiries.

As you aren’t holding events at the minute, now is a really good time to think about your online presence. Take a look at Clare’s full blog for the best ways to do this.

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Inspiring young readers: the role of book chat

Professor Teresa Cremin
01 December 2020
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Parents who regularly read with their children are actively supporting their language and literacy development. International research evidence confirms that when parents read to children, and read with them, this supports their desire and capacity to read by themselves. This is in part because reading together with your child creates a special space and time in which you can relax, give them your full attention, share your thoughts and feelings, and have fun and chat together.

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