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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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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