Learning from Lockdown

How the current crisis could change the way we think about education

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Learning from Lockdown Playbooks

Our playbooks capture insights and practical ideas from the Learning from Lockdown community around a number of themes, from staff wellbeing to how to rethink as well as recover post lockdown. The aim is to support schools with the goal of building back better.


This blog tries to answer the question, what can we learn from lockdown that will improve education when schools return?  This blog will help to curate some of these ideas and insights, so that this extraordinary forced experiment genuinely has lasting legacy and real benefit.

Our belief is that we can emerge from this difficult period with a better, bolder and more fulfilling way of schooling our children. With your help we can do something really special. Please sign up, contribute, and make your voice heard.

Enquiry questions

What things have you started doing that you want to keep?

What are the things you want to get rid of on your return to school?

What do you miss from the way things were before the crisis?

Lessons from Lockdown


What lessons can we learn for the future?

Hannah Dalton Assistant Vice Principal

As part of the Big Leadership Adventure programme, Ed and I are working on a project exploring how we rethink accountability measures in schools. Rather than the top-down, heavy-handed approach to accountability which...

5 Benefits of Digital Portfolios: Our Work with School 21

Lucy Cranwell-Ward CEO & Co-Founder, Upskill Me

School 21 was our earliest partner here at Upskill Me, joining for the pilot programme in 2019, and remaining an incredibly engaged school on the platform. Initially onboarding their Year 12 cohort (the first year...

Will she still love me when this is over?

Kurt Ewald Lindley Owner - Be More Learning & Development

I write this from my bed, it’s 6am as she lays next to me watching TV. Yes my seven year old likes an early start. My office floor is covered in craft that we have been making, my kitchen table is now a classroom and...

Working together to deliver the best remote education for our students

Emma Baker Principal, Ormiston Rivers Academy

The academy I lead is a secondary, non-selective school, part of Ormiston Academies Trust, and is set in a semi-rural, coastal location. Since the first lockdown, we have developed innovative and engaging ways in which...