In March 2020, almost without warning, life changed completely for all as a result of the Covid -19 Pandemic. The situation that ensued can only be described as “social disorder” as Lockdown Measures taken by the government came into effect, and the trauma of isolation over the months to come became a reality for adults and children alike. The disruption in schools and to the education of our young people will become a future talking point for historians, but right now, it is a situation that needs to be managed by leaders in our schools, as they strive to provide an education of sorts to their pupils, all of whom may well be in a wide range of social situations, previously unknown to them. This is a difficult task!
In response to the situation, Inspir.ed has produced a paper, “Planning a Post C-19 Curriculum for Recovery”, that seeks to;
- summarise the problems that now face all Primary Schools as they begin to reopen over time,
- give advice on curriculum priorities both academic and well-being
- indicate quality resources that are currently available nationally that might support and guide individual schools in their immediate and their longer term planning.
The document outlines 6 Key Activities and 5 Key Levers, based upon reliable and relevant research, with which schools need to engage urgently in order to effect holistic recovery for their communities. To access this invaluable document, and/or to hear about CPD support and training that is currently available to support the ideas expressed within the document, please contact Inspir.ed for details through the usual channels.
Today the Government announced proposals to provide funding for a “massive catch up operation” to help children in England make up for their lost time in the classroom. Schools will be in receipt of around £90 per pupil to support initiatives that seek to help all pupils regain the lost ground, and a further £350 million to subsidise 75% of the cost of tuition in small groups and individually for those deemed to be disadvantaged.
Whilst exactly HOW the extra tutors required will be organised and accessed, and who the providers will be, remains unclear, there has been much talk of engaging the retired teachers to swell the required ranks, in much the same way as the NHS sprang into action. With this in mind, schools local to South Somerset might like to consider at this point in time, that Jenny Short is as well qualified to provide tuition to the full range of Primary Pupils as she is to provide high quality CPD to teachers and leaders, and would be only too pleased to be involved in any planned catch up programmes designed by schools between now and the end of THIS and the 2020/21 academic year.
Please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities!
If schools in the local area who know the work of Inspir.ed by reputation are interested in this offer, they need to contact Jenny as quickly as possible by telephone (07782256322) or by e mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through this website, to discuss how she can help. It is not something that she can do other than within a 20 mile radius of her location, and obviously would only be able to support a limited number of schools , but the offer is genuine, and the motivation to teach again is HUGE! 50 years in the profession is a lot of experience!
She has made an immediate application to EEF to become an “approved provider”, if that is what is required long term , but moving through these channels will take a considerable time, and it is NOW that the groups and the individuals need to begin the recovery. Local school leaders who know the quality of the teaching that she offers, might well want to put something in place quickly on their own initiative. Time is of the essence, and without the usual need to help and support leaders with annual data analysis, she of all people does, unusually, have time available.
“It is down to strong leaders and intuitive and reactive teachers to lift the mask of fear and disenfranchisement, and to engage and motivate whole communities of learners.”
For further news of what Inspir.ed can offer see Inspir.ed June 2020 Newsletter.
Planning a Curriculum for Recovery ,
Jenny Short ,
Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching