As schools head into the summer term, Chief Executive of Star Academies, Hamid Patel, shares the protective measures his schools have taken to successfully minimise the number of pupils and staff isolating when an outbreak occurs, while ensuring all pupils and staff are safe.
“It will be interesting to find ways in which the schools can take a reciprocal approach to sharing good practice.”
Ashmole Academy headteacher, Tim Sullivan, writes about his school’s involvement in the DfE behaviour hub programme and the six values that underpin their behaviour policy.
With all children now back in classrooms, Deputy Head Andrew Beavis describes how lockdown has developed his school's blended learning approach and how their remote education model continues to support students now they're in school.
Michelle Cobb, Year 6 teacher and maths lead at Underwood West Academy in Crewe describes how using the DfE’s guidance on teaching maths in primary schools has both helped her school get through the pandemic and plan for the post-pandemic future.
We all remember our first year in teaching. For any new teacher it’s a steep learning curve, and this year’s trainees have also had to face the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jon Hutchinson writes about the Early Career Framework and how changes to statutory induction will help new teachers starting this September.
This year’s International Women’s Day is an opportunity to empower the future generation of young women and girls, despite the challenges faced in this year’s pandemic. Headteacher, Kate Jefferson, shares her experience of leading her school through the pandemic so that no child is left behind.
Shaun Booth, Assistant Headteacher and SENCO joined Pinderfields Hospital PRU in January 2019 after working for 15 years in ‘mainstream’ education. Shaun shares his experience of working with a clinically vulnerable cohort of students.
From September 2021 all early career teachers will be entitled to two years of high-quality professional development, including the support of a mentor, as part of the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms. Anna MacLeod, a teacher at Dyke House Academy part of the Northern Education Trust, shares her experience of this new programme of early career training and support.
Matt Rutter is Assistant Headteacher at Upton-by-Chester High School. He describes his experience of accessing tuition for his pupils through the National Tutoring Programme and the benefits of providing this extra support to pupils.
Shoreham Academy in West Sussex and Bay Leadership Academy in Lancashire share their experiences of leading the setup of rapid COVID-19 testing, which aims to reduce transmission by helping to find cases from those not displaying symptoms, and how it has benefitted their staff and students.
Andy Chase and Terri Wyse from Woodfield School in Surrey give us a five-minute guide on what they have learnt from adopting an online digital platform and why its use will outlive the pandemic for Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision