Morrisons launches new service to help feed pupils eligible for free school

Morrisons has launched a new meal delivery service for schools that are feeding primary school children who are having to self-isolate. The supermarket is working with schools to provide kids who would normally be eligible for free-school meals with breakfast, lunch and snacks, seven days a week - for as long as they are self-isolating.

Many school children are being asked to self-isolate due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases within their school bubbles. In recent weeks, schools have told Morrisons they had been struggling

with the costs of food and delivery. They had also expressed concern some pupils were missing out on vital support as a result of self-isolating. The Morrisons Kids Meal Pack was produced by Morrisons after reaching

out to schools to establish their needs. It aims to provide healthy and balanced meals and has been developed in partnership with Morrisons company nutritionist. The Morrisons Kids Meal Pack includes cereal, milk, bread, fruit, yoghurts,

sandwich fillings, pasta and squash. It costs £12.50 for one child and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for seven days a week. The cost is covered by the school as part of the Government's free school meals programme. Schools can order the Morrisons Kids Meal Pack directly from the

Morrisons Doorstep Delivery Team. Orders are then picked and packed by local Morrisons stores, and sent to children’s homes via its ‘doorstep delivery’ service. This saves the school time and costly transportation fees. Paula Duckworth, Head Teacher at Lammack Primary School where the

scheme was trialled said: “We were struggling to provide children eligible for free school meals with healthy and cost-effective food while they were self- isolating. So I was thankful to be contacted by Morrisons to see if this was something they could help with. The Morrisons Kids Meal Pack service has been such a lifeline for our kids.” The Morrisons Kids Meal Pack is available nationwide now. To place orders, schools should email Morrisons Doorstep Delivery Team on:

NewVIc launches new African Studies Centre to transform the teaching of black history in schools

The new African Studies Centre, the first of its kind - will equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to teach students about the history of Africa, doing away with a tradition of learning about this diverse continent through the lens of European Colonialism. The College has teamed up with world-class professors

from leading universities to deliver a range of online sessions for teachers. In the sessions, teachers will receive training to teach medieval African kingdoms and explore a wide range of topic areas, for all key stages of students. The online sessions will be a collaborative space where

teachers from across the UK can exchange ideas and resources for teaching African history in secondary schools and sixth forms. The sessions are designed to broaden the parameters of the curriculum and students' sense of British history, re-examining prevailing assumptions about national identity and belonging. A principal goal will be to widen the scope of Black

history that students are exposed to. Traditionally, British schools have only taught African

history through the perspective of European colonisation. The issue with such a narrow segment implies that Africa was ahistorical prior to European discovery, propagating a false perception that no noteworthy events, discoveries or civilisations occurred there. The African Studies Centre hopes to challenge this narrative of Africa

by exploring its history that predates Colonialism and explore how African civilisations recorded and told their own histories.

8 The idea of opening an African Studies Centre at the College was

conceived by Carina Ancell and Alan Kunna, two history lecturers at NewVIc. November 2020

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