Many students have missed out on a
huge amount of education over the last 12 months due to the Covid pandemic. During
the first lockdown, schools were simply not set up to execute remote learning
and therefore many pupils did little or no schoolwork. During the final lockdown,
schools have been able to offer various ways in which pupils can still access
online learning such as virtual video lessons or software that allows them to
send and receive work digitally.
Even with these additional processes
in place, some students if not all, will have fallen behind and the government
are looking at ways in which they can help them recover. There are currently a number
of different options being considered such as lengthening the school day, running
summer schools or shortening holidays. All of these options are going to
require teacher and students to be in school for additional time and not
everyone agrees that this is the best way forward. Not only have students
missed out on their education but there has also been a huge lack of social
interaction. For some, this has had an effect on their wellbeing and mental
health which is surely more important than education. There needs to be a balance
and it is yet to be seen if the right balance is going to be found.
Many people are still working from
home at the moment but if the schools start to return in a couple of weeks, it
is likely that some businesses will start to allow employees to return back to
It may be that working hours have
to be staggered to allow for social distancing and so not all employees are in
at the same time. If this is the case then you need to think about what hours
or days you may be able to work. If children are only going back in stages then
it may be that you still have a child that is going to be at home. This could
impact on the times you can go in to work. You may still be allowed to work
from home if this is the case or if you need to isolate at home.
If you are looking for a new job,
then knowing what hours you can work will allow you to narrow your search down
and only apply for jobs that are suitable to your situation.
If you really need flexible
working then you may consider going self-employed. This will give you the ability
to set your own hours to a certain extent although you may have to fit in with
The government have announced that
exams will again be cancelled this summer for those doing A levels and GSCE’s.
Many people are worried that this means schools will not be going back before
the summer and although they have not promised they will, this doesn’t mean
anything either way. The exams have been cancelled because even if the pupils
do go back in February, there has been so much disruption over the last 12
months it would not really be fair to put students through exams. Also, it
would be extremely hard to carry out exams in the proper way whilst ensuring
social distancing and bubbles etc.
As last year, the students will be
graded on the lit course work and possibly mock exams if they have been done.
For some pupils this will be a sign of relive but for others that maybe
struggles with some of the course work but have since worked really hard or who
excel in exams, this many not be the best news.
Anybody that is worried about
their exams should talk to their teacher. They will be able to advise them on
what they need to do to improve and what the process for grading will be.
As a teacher it is important to
recognise the children that may need extra help within the classroom. It may be
that they are not sitting quietly and chatting or that they are not interested
in listening, but other times it can be that they have other issues which is
making it hard for them to understand what they should be doing. It is very
important not to dismiss a child as acting up when you don’t know the reason
that they do not seem to be doing their work. It may be that the child has a
hearing issue so they simply cannot hear all the instructions or it could be
that they cannot process the information that you are telling them quick
enough. These issues can be missed for quite sometime but it is important to
get any tests done as soon as possible if they may be needed.
You should always be trying to
find ways of encouraging children to work. Often shouting at them because they
refuse to do something will only make them more stubborn so often rewards work
better. A simple rewards chart that allows them to see their progress can be
enough to help them focus on the task in hand.
There are a great number of
children who have recently missed out on school learning due to the lockdown
restrictions which closed all schools for a few months. Some parents are
worried about this and want to help their children to catch up and so they are
turning to private tutors to support learning at home.
Finding a tutor that can help your
child to progress in their learning can be a difficult process as it is a good
idea to try to get a tutor that specialises in a particular age range and has
knowledge of the current curriculum. Once you have found a suitable tutor and
have discussed the support your child needs, a timetable for tutoring will need
to be agreed. It is sensible to have a couple of sessions a week initially so
that good progress will hopefully be made. If it is possible to have contact
with the school to ascertain the areas of concern it will be helpful in
Paying for a private tutor is
sometimes a problem for some families but it is a worthwhile investment in their
child’s future progress and may be only needed for a period of time until the
child has caught up with their peers.