Covid recovery

Covid, mental health and the implications for schools

23 May 2022

The pandemic has certainly had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, but how and to what extent? Dr Stephanie Thornton reviews the emerging research evidence and explores the implications for schools and those working with students



How can we support pupils who have Long Covid?

5 April 2022

How does Long Covid affect children and young people in the classroom and what can teaching staff do to help them? In the second of two articles on the impact of Long Covid on the young, Dr Sue Peters offers some practical advice



Pupil Premium tutoring: A Champion for Every Child

15 February 2022

A Champion for Every Child is a pastoral tutoring programme that has had a notable impact for thousands of Pupil Premium pupils across the Kemnal Academies Trust. Emma Lee-Potter finds out more


One-to-one tutoring: Dos & don’ts

19 January 2022

Many schools are implementing small group or one-to-one tutoring programmes as part of their Covid recovery work. This article asks tutors at the Kemnal Academies Trust for their dos and don’ts of effective tutoring provision


Where next? Taking edtech into 2022

4 January 2022

After almost two years of edtech development in response to the pandemic, Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith looks at what 2022 has in store for us, touching upon the changing nature of the digital divide, assessment, parental engagement and personalised learning






EAL recovery: Creating opportunities for talk

20 September 2021

As the pandemic continues, promoting oracy and opportunities to talk will be crucial to supporting the recovery of students who use English as an additional language. Sarah Moodie offers some ideas


Rebuilding hope: Attitudes and values

28 June 2021

People who have hope generally have better developmental outcomes. In this four-part series, psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at building back hope as we emerge from the pandemic. Part four looks at how we can foster hope, ‘flourishing’ and positivity



Edtech change and transformation: How to make things happen...

20 June 2021

When it comes to edtech in schools, we are all grappling with how to harness the momentum that has been built up during the pandemic. Al Kingsley – author of the new book My Secret EdTech Diary – explains how to take control of edtech change and make things happen


Rebuilding hope post-Covid: Understanding risk

20 June 2021

People who have hope generally have better developmental outcomes. In this four-part series, psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at building back hope as we emerge from the pandemic. Part three looks at how we can help young people to consider, handle and manage risk


Rebuilding hope post-Covid: Helping students to overcome despair

15 June 2021

People who have hope generally have better developmental outcomes. In this four-part series, psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at building back hope as we emerge from the pandemic. Part two considers how we might support those teenagers waylaid by despair



Rebuilding hope post-Covid: The signs of depression and despair

8 June 2021

What our young people need right now is hope. In this four-part series, psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at building back hope as we emerge from the pandemic. Part one considers the signs of despair we may see in some students – and how we can respond


Forget edtech – we need to talk about ‘pedtech’

7 June 2021

Most research papers, roundtable discussions and industry experts agree that effective pedagogy is at the heart of good edtech use. But whose pedagogy we are referring to? Fiona Aubrey-Smith argues that the narrative around technology in education must change


Doorstep disadvantage: Beyond the Pupil Premium

24 May 2021

Do you understand the barriers to learning that poverty creates in your school’s community? Doctoral researcher and teacher, Sean Harris, reflects on some of the lessons he has learned as a school leader, researcher and as somebody who has experienced poverty himself


Covid lessons: The three Ms of effective remote learning

24 May 2021

We hope that national lockdowns are now behind us, but remote teaching and learning will continue for some pupils and groups in the months to come. Drawing on all we have learned, Matt Bromley offers his three principles of effective remote learning


How to ensure online parents’ evenings are effective

11 May 2021

One of the most popular innovations during Covid has been the move to online parents’ evenings, but principal Daniel Locke-Wheaton says they require careful handling if they are to prove an effective and permanent alternative


Remote learning: Five things we should keep post-Covid

11 May 2021

What are your ‘Covid keepers’ when it comes to online, remote and blended learning? What has proven so successful that it will now become a part of post-pandemic practice? Andy McHugh offers us five practices that he will be holding on to


So, what have we learned about online learning?

10 May 2021

What are your lessons from lockdown when it comes to effective blended learning and use of edtech? Jess Pentelow looks at what we have learned about creating safe, supportive and effective digital learning environments

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