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Straw poll shows nearly two thirds of teachers think Easter should be fixed

Two thirds of teachers think fixing the Easter holiday to the first two weeks in April every year would benefit children’s education, according to a survey. Barnsley-based recruitment agency

Provide Education conducted a snap survey to ask the teachers it works with what they think about the idea of taking the Easter break at the same time every year. The idea of fixing the holiday is to give consistent and equal length terms

either side and create a more balanced academic year. This would mean Easter itself – which can fall as early as March 22nd and

as late as April 25th – may not necessarily fall inside the holiday every year and when this happens, it could be taken as a stand-alone bank holiday weekend. Sixty-three per cent said fixing the Easter break would be a good idea,

whilst 37 per cent said they thought the holiday should be left as it is. Director of Provide Education Barry Simmons said: “Our quick end-of-term

survey shows that a majority of the teachers we asked could see the benefits of fixing the important Easter break. “They said it made sense to create a more balanced academic year that

wasn’t at the mercy of the moveable feast that is Easter. “Many could see that a fixed holiday would benefit children, teachers and

parents by providing clarity and consistency every year. With a set routine and even-length terms, pupils would be better able to manage their studies and recharge their batteries with regular breaks. “And, knowing exactly what to expect every year could help teachers with

structured planning and help parents to make long-term childcare and work commitments. “On the other hand, just over a third were not convinced it was necessary and opted for the status quo and leaving the traditional holiday alone.”

B-29 takes flight at Duxford

IWM Duxford recently launched a new STEM learning project by building a large- scale model of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, surrounded by the iconic American aircraft in the entrance to the American Air Museum. Partners in Flight is a new

project for primary and middle schools in the East of England, run by the Department for Learning at IWM Duxford. Supported by Boeing, the project complements the learning offer at IWM Duxford and adds to our portfolio of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning sessions. Guests were welcomed by Phil Reed, Executive Vice President of the

American Air Museum at IWM Duxford and Director of Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast (part of Imperial War Museums) and by Sir Michael Arthur, President, Boeing UK and Ireland. Children from Harston and Newton Community Primary School ably

assisted Chris Jefferson, STEM Learning Officer at IWM Duxford, to build the large-scale model of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress from its component parts. Lisa Murphy, Head Teacher at Harston and Newton Community Primary

School said: “It was fantastic to be part of the inaugural building of the B-29 Superfortress. The children have been very excited and can already see how it would be useful in their learning.” The model of the B-29 Superfortress was created by Autodromo from

Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. It took seven weeks to make, from concept to completion. The American Air Museum, one of eight exhibition spaces at IWM Duxford,

is now closed for a year for an exciting redevelopment project. The museum is moving and conserving the aircraft in the American Air Museum and redeveloping the exhibitions and displays within the building. From late May, visitors will be able to see many of the iconic American

aircraft from the American Air Museum in new locations around IWM Duxford, enabling them to see the previously suspended aircraft in detail and to explore the aircraft from new perspectives.

World Champion Training For Pupils at Polwhele House

A school in Cornwall recently hosted three time Olympic medallist Mary King MBE for a special riding clinic. Polwhele House near Truro, Cornwall invited the champion

sportswoman to give a riding clinic to some of the pupils, allowing Mary to impart specialist advice and expertise. Mary King is one of our most successful equestrians and has

represented Great Britain at six Olympics from 1992 to 2012, winning bronze and silver medals - Mary and team GB won silver at London 2012. She has also won two World Championship gold medals

alongside one team bronze and four team gold medals at the European Eventing Championships. King was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire

(MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism. Jo Lyall, Riding Instructor at Polwhele House, was delighted

with the visit. "Mary is one of the most successful event riders in the history of the sport so to be able to have her deliver a riding clinic was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils. Despite being slightly star struck, the children loved it, learned lots and will never forget this experience. It was such an honour to have her here at school." Polwhele House in Truro is the only school in Cornwall to have

riding facilities on site and offers riding lessons to all its pupils from Nursery up to Year 8, holding many riding events and competitions including dressage, show jumping and beach rides. The riding clinic involved two 45-minute sessions with three riders in each

one. They were put through their paces by Mary on both the flat and over jumps. The spectators, including parents, friends and other pupils, were able to watch and also learn from Mary's skill and expertise. Alex McCullough, Headmaster at Polwhele House, was thrilled to be able to

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host the event, saying: "We are fortunate to have such excellent equestrian facilities at Polwhele

House and hosting a riding clinic with Mary King is just another way we can enhance children's opportunities in this area. "Alongside regular events and lessons, we have also recently launched our

new equestrian scholarships, meaning we can provide opportunities and development for talented young riders in Cornwall." 11

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