Bundle: Education and Covid-19
Introduction: returning to school in a pandemic
Reopening public facilities as we come out of the Covid-19 lockdown was always going to be tough. Educational institutions in general and schools in particular present challenges different although not unique to other public services: the compulsory nature of most schooling; the role of the school as a community resource; the carefree nature of childhood; the lack of knowledge about how Covid-19 is passed between children; the susceptibility of adults to the virus; the difficulty of changing school buildings to minimise risk need tackling.
The LGIU has been publishing a briefings to help local authorities think through the issues on the assessment arrangements, school transport, what is known about the absence from school, plans for reopening schools, mental health of children during the lockdown, and more.
This bundle has three new articles: Kim Fellows of the LGIU looks at Scotland where schools have been open for three weeks, Seán Ó’Riordáin of the LGIU reports from Ireland, and Nansi Ellis of the National Education Union (NEU) gives a view from the school. We will be publishing more briefings and blogs in the coming weeks, and would be happy to publish blogs on your local experience – please contact John Fowler.
Local governments play a vital role in understanding the complex issues and in translating guidance into services that families rely on. Transitions from home to nursery, primary and secondary schools will be even more poignant this year as rights of passage for everyone, but most especially children. LGIU will continue to cover many aspects of education services this autumn.
Back to school in Ireland
1 million children returned to school in Ireland this week, with a staggered return across school years as is normally the case for the first week of Irish schools. Though of course, this year was very a wholly different environment. LGIU’s Seán Ó’Riordáin explains how Ireland is coping with the reopening of schools. Read this blog here.
Re-opening Scottish Schools – learning as we go
Schools in Scotland started to gradually reopen from August 11, in different ways and to differing extents across the country, all taking a safety-first approach. This briefing takes an early look at the experience so far, pulling out learning points to consider over the coming weeks and months. Read this briefing here.
A view from the school – National Education Union
Nansi Ellis, Assistant General Secretary for education policy and research at National Education Union, fills us in on the four key issues that still need addressing as a priority for the reopening of schools in England. Read this blog here.
Returning to school: challenges and considerations
On the 30 July 2020, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially confirmed that schools in Scotland would be re-opening for the autumn term on Tuesday 11 August. This briefing will outline the guidance offered, as well as considering the wider effects on young people of being out of education for so long, and further calls and concerns from third sector organisations and pressure groups. Read this briefing.
Testing times: update on school examinations in England in 2020 and 2021
Back to normal? The full reopening of schools post Covid-19 and mitigating the impacts on pupil learning
Will universities assist or distract from strategic recovery planning?
Further education after Covid-19
Youth employment after Covid-19
Blog: Words from a Gen-Z
Back to school in the USA
In the country with the worse infection rate, a teacher heads back to school in one of the states with rising Covid-19 cases.