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Learning for the next crisis?

Joe Hallgarten Curriculum Development Lead with the LETTA Trust, and Director of the HertsCam Network.

My most exciting moment in my first term with the LETTA Trust, a small MAT in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, had nothing to do with me and almost everything to do with almost every other member of staff. As I left my classroom...

Moving beyond the Zoom lesson

Harry Marson Head of Secondary Projects

What are the experiences we are giving pupils through virtual learning? Well it is certainly a different context from the normal school day where pupils move between spaces designed for learning, with others their age...

Has the pandemic provided an opportunity for us to re-think where, and how, learning takes place?

Joe Pardoe Strategic Content Creator, Big Education

When schools were closed for the vast majority of students in March, our understanding of the concept of school and education was changed. For good. For most of modern history, school was a place where students learned...

How we can use technology more effectively to deliver a more expansive education

Kiran Mahil Assistant Headteacher, Central Foundation Girls School

We are now nearing the end of the first term since schools have fully returned after the national lockdown, so it seems like an appropriate point for reflection. The largest social experiment in online learning took...

The pandemic has created a learning opportunity - the state and independent sector should learn from each other

Ben Cox Chairman, Row UK

In 1976, Australia’s Olympic team returned from the Montreal Games without a single gold medal. A period of national mourning followed. Similarly, in 1996, when Great Britain returned from the Atlanta Games with only...

Things you would have been laughed at for suggesting 12 months ago, now make perfect sense

Jon Tait MAT Deputy CEO, Director of School Improvement

There are many things that schools are now doing, that previous to the pandemic, we’d have never dreamed of doing. Split lunchtimes, blended learning, staggered starts and ends to the day are just a few that spring to...

Surveys from large numbers of parents show better communication with parents and real contact with pupils will make a big difference to remote learning.

Fiona Forbes Founder, Sept for Schools

I set up a campaign group called ‘September for Schools’ in early June 2020 with three other working parents. My group campaigned for the safe reopening of schools and for homeschooling to be considerably improved...

Learning from lockdown to reinvent parental engagement

Trisha McCartney Head of Primary Literacy, School21

‘Bring a Parent to School Week’ is usually highly anticipated by the children, parents and staff at School 21. Parents and carers are welcomed into classrooms to learn alongside their children for an hour every morning...

What case studies from American ‘makerspaces’ teach us about the power of creativity during lockdown and beyond.

Gaia Innes Fasso Innovation Consultant and Researcher

Learning from lockdown has meant very different things for students in different personal and family circumstances, and depending on what curriculum their schools followed. Since the beginning of lockdowns in March 2020...

Peer-partnership working is the way forward during the current crisis and beyond

Jane Creasy Associate for Education Development Trust’s Schools Partnership Programme

When schools closed their doors on 20 March 2020, they were thrown into a period of fevered activity, short-term decision-making, and practical solutions to immediate problems. People had to change how they worked at...