The SecEd Podcast: Vulnerable Learners & Covid-19

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

As schools reopen fully from March 8, what should our priorities be going forward? This episode of The SecEd Podcast focuses on how we can overcome the barriers to education and wellbeing facing our most vulnerable students during Covid-19

The episode looks at the plight of our vulnerable learners as schools re-open once again to all students after the third Covid-19 national lockdown.

We consider barriers to both learning and wellbeing that vulnerable learners continue to face one year into the pandemic – and what our priorities must be coming out of Lockdown 3.0.

We discuss: what we have learnt about effective remote education, teaching & lessons, the cancelled Summer 2021 exams, student progression, working with families, SEN, support staff, questions to ask ahead of full school re-opening, and more.

We also talk wellbeing, looking at responding to some of the biggest challenges such as attendance, anxiety, county lines, safeguarding issues, pastoral care and more.

Guests include Darren Martindale, a virtual school headteacher from Wolverhampton City Council, and Paul Haigh, headteacher of King Ecgbert School in Sheffield.

This podcast has been produced with kind support from Academy 21, an online alternative provision. Visit

You can listen to this episode of the SecEd Podcast above. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit

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