Learning Escape Blog
Earlier this month, the Department for Education announced that it will be obligatory for all schools in England to provide free school meals for all pupils in Years R, 1 and 2 as of September 2014. Whilst not exactly a surprise, the idea has been bubbling on the back burner for some time, the brief period allotted between policy ratification and implementation has found many schools unprepared.
The pupil premium is given to all publicly funded primary and secondary schools, in a move to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of children either in care or who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
As a nation, we no longer seem to value the once “great” outdoors, and our children are growing up estranged from the natural world. Crucially, we seem to be at a pivotal tipping point in the health and happiness of our children.
The annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders will be taking place next week at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole (adjacent to the NEC).
As our client list expands, we are extending our repertoire of learning spaces to encompass all areas of the curriculum. Claremont Fan Court School in Esher approached us, having admired one of our eco-classrooms at nearby primary School Danesfield Manor.