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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Mind the gap

by Mark Bocker It’s a phrase we used to hear over the echoing tannoy when getting on and off trains. Lately however, it has become the focus of many, many school leaders, teachers and parents considering the impact of school closures on children’s progress. Concerns revolve around perceived difficulties addressing the gaps that may have …
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One thing’s for sure

By Lynsie Monro The last day of the school year elicits a mixed atmosphere. There’s something slightly apocalyptic about it while at the same time, being delightfully euphoric. The gates swing shut and elated, albeit exhausted, staff members gather their flowers, chocolates, Best Teacher cards and head to the local pub. With a well-earned beverage …
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The End or a New Beginning?

by Cathy Duncan For the past month, our high streets alongside our schools and colleges sit empty – closed until further notice. Both education and retail sectors fell into crisis almost overnight, both having to react with resilience, creativity and flexibility to survive what Covid-19 has thrown at them. The high street, perhaps more than …
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