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Schools in Denmark and China have reopened, but day-to-day school life is remarkably different as the threat of COVID19 still remains. In Denmark, class times and breaks are being staggered to avoid too many people in one place, and class sizes have been reduced by splitting into two groups. Pupils are also being taught in a more traditional way such as sitting separately in front of the teacher rather than working in small groups or having ‘carpet time’ in primary school. Hand washing has also become more important and art supplies are either removed or children are required to bring their own. Some schools in Denmark have also shortened the school day to 2pm and are encouraging lessons to take place outdoors to lessen the impact of the stringent measures on pupils. In China, precautions are even more extreme with all pupils and teachers having their temperature checked and hand sanitation points are placed around schools, as well as isolation areas for people that feel ill throughout the day. Post lockdown teachers are having to innovate and come up new ways to keep children safe and engaged. Simon McRoberts, head of an international school in Shanghai explains that staff seem to have adapted well to the new requirements. “We have learned many new skills along the way as a staff body. We are now much more confident with underused software that we had at our disposal and I am sure we will continue to use this as part of our teaching repertoire,” he explains. Read more here.

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Family Kids & Youth – what we are doing during Coronavirus lockdown

We are continuing to carry out our UK and international research with children, teens and parents but have switched all this online and to our apps. Our qualitative research is filmed and our mini groups, depth interviews and focus groups are proving to be a great success. Children and young people are totally at home speaking online and are extremely vocal, even on the most sensitive of topics. Parents are appreciating the ‘group effect’ of online video conferencing.

Our resourceful team at FK&Y has been home-based since Monday 16 March and our regular catch-ups on Microsoft Teams ensure we all know what each other is doing! We’d like to thank our clients, our suppliers and of course our research participants for being so encouraging and so supportive.

We have compiled lists of organisations that offer help on home-schooling, child behaviour, and anxiety and mental health. Please contact me barbie@kidsandyouth.com if you wish to receive this list.

Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends our very best wishes! Dr Barbie.

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