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Tes 23 July 2021

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United Kingdom
Tes Global Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

3 min
we must go out to bat for our teachers – it’s the least we can do

My son had been given an invite to a party. He held it tightly as he strutted out of school, then presented it to me in triumph. I nearly did that parent thing of saying, “Oh, lovely!” and moving on, but then I remembered that for 18 of his 24 months in formal education, parties have not been the done thing: socialisation outside school has been a no-go owing to Covid. As such, this invite was the first sign of a broken promise being remade, the promise that school would be a chance to discover himself socially as well as academically. It was a big moment. The past year in education has been littered with broken promises – those made to teachers by government, those teachers made to themselves, and those…

3 min
will the catch-up delay increase the inequality gap?

After a lot of early talk about educational recovery, actual action from UK ministers has been a little underwhelming. In England, for example, efforts have largely been restricted to the bear minimum until the government can get its financial ducks in a row. In Scotland, school holidays have provided a more natural pause to efforts. What damage might this lull in activity have? The former education catch-up commissioner in England fears it could be hugely negative. Sir Kevan Collins, who resigned from his post last month, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the slow pace of implementing proposals to address lost learning among young people. He told the Lords Public Services Committee: “My great concern is that people don’t quite appreciate the level of national endeavour that’s needed at the school level…

3 min
so, what else is new? well, er, everything, actually…

There comes a point in your life when you begin to suspect that you have become too old to believe in new ideas. Suddenly, everything looks, sounds and feels like something else. The latest band just sounds like that band you liked as a teenager, those shoes all the kids are wearing look just like the ones you could not afford when you were that age, and that hair style? You’ve had that twice already during your time on Earth. In reality, of course, “truly new” ideas are emerging all the time. And even the ideas that seem to be rip-offs are, in fact, iterations – an evolutionary step in a new direction. But that sense of déjà vu can be hard to shift regardless, particularly, says Mark Enser, in teaching. “I think…

3 min
keeping the learning going over summer is child’s play

Often, at the start of the summer holidays, we send children home with small set tasks, worksheets or optional homework to provide them with learning opportunities over the break. But after a disrupted school year, perhaps we need to rethink how we approach this. On the one hand, we have those parents who feel more prepared than ever to lead the learning at home after taking on this role during the lockdowns. However, there will be just as many parents who are feeling fatigued by it all and who will not be excited by the thought of their children being set more work. So, how can we balance the needs of both of these groups? One way is to set learning as games and activities this summer; rather than doing “work”, children…

5 min
special school pupils struggle to recover from impact of covid

Pupils at special schools and colleges in England have lost the equivalent of four months in their academic, social and emotional development, and have found remote learning hard to access, according to a new report examining the impact of the Covid crisis. The report cites research that shows how schools and families struggled to provide the usual support to pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) during the lockdown periods and in times where restrictions were in place. It warns that the situation has left staff and families exhausted. Published by the National Foundation for Education Research and ASK Research, the findings are based on a survey of 192 special school and college headteachers, and 80 in-depth interviews with headteachers and parents. Here are its key findings: 1. Pupils are ‘four months…

5 min
10 questions with… yolanda brown

YolanDa Brown is a saxophonist, composer and broadcaster who has played at numerous venues and music festivals around the world and has twice won the MOBO award for Best Jazz Act. She has also presented coverage of the BBC Proms and hosts her own show on CBBC called YolanDa’s Band Jam, teaching children about the joy of music, dancing and movement. She chatted to Tes about her time in school, the teachers who had a big impact and why music can be so powerful for young learners. 1. Where did you go to primary school? I went to Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green. It was a new-build [school] and I was the first year of the primary element so it was all brand new. I can still remember the smell and the music…