Dan Worth

Why Christmas is important in schools

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When you’re caught up in the craziness of Christmas at school, you might find yourself muttering ‘Bah, humbug!’ But you should take comfort in the fact that the festivities will have a long-term, positive impact on your school. Dan Worth unwraps research revealing how Christmas brings children and teachers closer together, breaks down barriers in parental engagement, builds community links and even improves pupils’ learning

Why Jingle Bells rocks

As the last tinsel is swept away and the final “Merry Christmas!” is shouted across the playground, you might be glad that the whole madness of Christmas in school – with all the planning, repetitive events, manic children and zany frivolity – is over for another year. You may even be one of those teachers who would rather such festivities were kept to a minimum or avoided altogether in school hours. After all, there’s a lot of curriculum content to get through.

But avoiding Christmas in schools – or resenting it – would be pretty foolish. Because in fact, that slightly chaotic carol ...

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