This blog is a summary of our three part series entitled “NEVER STOP LEARNING”.
Never Stop Learning
In these new and uncertain times, pupils will have spent many months away from school due to the closures put in place as a result of Covid-19.
Schools in England were closed to all pupils except those of key-workers and vulnerable children on the 20th March.
Since this date, with the exception of the school holidays, most learning has taken part remotely. Huge strides in online education have been made in months that perhaps previously would have taken years. Teachers have created learning packs, online lessons and updated communication systems – rising to the challenge of how to educate their pupils without the the essential face-to-face contact and personal interaction.
September is now here and the clamour for the reopening of schools has returned. Pressure is on for schools to serve their communities once more. Parents are expecting pupils to return to “normal” schooling; teachers will need to teach lessons; Covid-19 procedures will need to be followed…
But as we look back, we must ask the question..
Did Learning stop?
Academic Learning Loss
At the start of the school closures, we created a blog looking at Academic Learning Loss – predicted and historical. Here we saw that academic learning will stop – teachers will need to re-learn where pupils are and work with them.
But did all learning stop?
For some children, this September will be the first time they have set foot in a school for over 4 months. Some will have thrived in a new family bubble – building new self-esteem and confidence. Others will have found it a challenge.
Some will return to education having made surprising progress, not only in learning of all kinds, but also in terms of their mental health and wellbeing, which are foundational to learning success. Others may have maintained their learning to a degree, but be carrying an emotional burden which will guarantee that they buckle under the pressure of ‘catch up’ programmes. Still others will arrive on shaky ground in all areas, having endured a period of their lives where survival was the only attainable goal.”“The-myth-of-catching-up-after-covid-19”
Learning didn’t stop – Learning never stops!
As humans, we never stop learning. We discover something new every day. It is one of the joys of a new adventure, a new fact, a new discovery.
Our pupils will arrive back changed having learned so much in this short time. They may have learned an inner confidence that they didn’t know existed, away from the pressures of school life. However, they may have also learned a deeper understanding of what it means to live in poverty, or encountered this for the first time. They may have learned to hide, to become invisible, to protect themselves from adults who are not safe, without the respite that school can provide.
And now, as September returns, we need to focus on them and begin to learn ourselves what we can do to help. Rebecca Brooks continues..
“What children need – in fact what society needs – after the pandemic is not ‘catch up’. It is ‘recovery’.
‘Catch up’ implies a narrow emphasis on curriculum goals with a focus on getting all children to the same end point as quickly as possible.
‘Recovery’ acknowledges that the impact of this crisis has been far wider than ‘missed learning’ and that we will need to begin where children are, rather than focus on where we would like them to be, and how to get them all to that same point as quickly as possible.“The-myth-of-catching-up-after-covid-19”
As Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said..
We have some tough days and weeks ahead. But that notion of rebirth – of creating the future we want – lies somewhere ahead. And it will give an extraordinary opportunity to focus on what truly matters.
I have no doubt that schools, colleges, teachers and other staff will rise to these challenges and do everything possible to ensure there is no disadvantage to any pupil.https://www.tes.com/news/when-schools-return-it-will-not-be-business-usual
As educators, we need to rise to the challenges and commit ourselves to #neverstoplearning as we move forward.
Put the Personal Back
It is our job as teachers and educators to work with students to enable them to pick up the academic learning required but we also need to #neverstoplearning about them..
We believe that something that is a core ingredient to successful teaching at anytime is even more crucial once schools return after the Summer…. the developing and building up of RELATIONSHIPS.
Never before has the personal connection within education been so needed
We need to put the Personal back.
Every child deserves a Champion
If this year’s exam shambles teaches us anything it is that every individual is important, valued and should be allowed to reach their potential regardless of background, the area they live, personal circumstances and more.
Our job as educators is to inspire, to encourage, to strive for the very best for our pupils..
We must #neverstoplearning how to do this..
We must not allow ourselves to expect any less of them in the long run because of the situation.
As Rita Pearson said in her now famous quote…
“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
A Position of Knowledge
Teachers need to know their pupils to help them succeed. They are the experts in their field and the correct people to be leading their pupils on their learning journey. All research has shown that pupils learn at different rates and will respond differently to different tasks. A teacher takes these points and brings them together allowing each pupil to learn in their own individual way.
As Educators, we need to #neverstoplearning about our pupils so we can strive for them to achieve their very best.
But, as we head back into our schools and classrooms, are we really in “a position of knowledge” or hoping for the best in these unknown times??
Our aim here at DAISI Education is to put teachers in a position of knowledge.
We all want every pupil to be able to realise their potential and overcome the impact of the lockdown and school closures.
Together we can enable pupils to pick up their learning at a point that is right for them and continue working towards achieving and realising their potential.
We encourage you to #neverstoplearning
DAISI Education is committed to supporting schools and pupils.
We firmly believe
We have created one hour baseline papers for use in school with year 6 and year 7.
- All questions taken from previous SATs papers.
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- Package also includes full forensic analysis of results including Individual Pupil Profiles and Detailed Cohort Insight.
- Available for Mathematics and Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar.
Having an early analysis can put your teachers in control and able to help your pupils realise their potential over time.