Going back to their roots

By Lynsie Monro Think of a situation that makes you nervous or fills you with fear but that most other people seemingly manage with ease. For instance driving, travelling on the Tube, eating in front of people, collaborating with new people on a training course or public speaking. We all have different fears and phobias …
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The transition to secondary school

by Cathy Duncan Starting secondary school is a recognised milestone for every learner. An adventure, a challenge that can often be seen as a daunting prospect for many. Of course, there will always be an element of anxiety moving to secondary school but this year these will be magnified as a result of the pandemic …
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Thoughts on returning to school

By Huw Lloyd If, like me, you tuned in to hear what Boris Johnson had to say as he addressed the nation about schools, education and getting children back into school, your house may have sounded like mine as he announced that reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children would be returning on June 1st. …
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Back to school: Who comes first?

by Mark Bocker There is significant, and often heated, debate on social media and in the press at the moment regarding why, when, and how we should begin to scale up action in bringing children back into our schools. Much of the debate centres on the impact on our most vulnerable children which is understandable. …
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A Strong Start

by Lynsie Monroe To all those new to the world of teaching, hold on to your whiteboard pens, the remarkable journey you’re about to embark on makes Frodo’s quest look like a trip to the corner shop (pre-2020) and with your fresh insight and energy is sure to be full of precious moments. Teaching is …
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Will homeschooling continue for some?

By Huw Lloyd As I was driving to do my family’s shopping on a rare foray into the outside world during lockdown, I caught part of the excellent Nihal Arthanayake’s Radio 5 Live show on a Wednesday afternoon where they do a section called School Runnings. In the segment they talk education, parenting and all …
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NQTs 2020: The Covid-19 cohort

by Cathy Duncan All NQTs prepare as best they can for the stresses that await them in their first year of teaching. They have advice on speed dial on behaviour management, their first parents’ night or their first school trip, but a worldwide pandemic? Nothing. Yet here we are, presented with Covid-19 and school closures …
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