Monthly Archives: June 2020

Why teachers need reflection and development space right now

For teachers in all settings the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in major changes to the way we plan and deliver learning programmes with students. As a profession we have had to re-think our approaches to communication, engagement, structuring sessions and … Continue reading

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Blended Learning: Principles, Pointers and Practices for Teachers

Free online training course on blended learning: https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/news-events/blogs-and-articles/set-news/free-online-blended-learning-course-now-available/   James Kieft on how COVID-19 could alter the way we plan for learning and deliver lessons next year: http://james-thinks-its-worth-a-look.blogspot.com   What is blended learning? https://www.panopto.com/blog/what-is-blended-learning/ https://ictevangelist.com/top-5-tools-blended-learning/   Three principles for designing … Continue reading

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Returning to School, College or University? Guidance for parents, teachers and students

UK Government Guidance Government guidance on COVID-19 safeguarding in schools and colleges: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers Sixth Form Colleges Association guidance on the return to college buildings in June 2020: https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/380/news-and-comment/post/47/covid-19-latest-advice-for-colleges Government support for mental health of students and teachers: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-mental-health-support-for-pupils-and-teachers   Supporting … Continue reading

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Coming Out of Lockdown: Strategies for Tackling The Mental and Emotional Challenges

Mental and Emotional Challenges A really useful website with information about different reactions to coming out of lockdown and how we can look after our mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/coming-out-of-lockdown Strategies for responding to a range of emotional responses to the pandemic: … Continue reading

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How can we enhance the depth and quality of reflection around lesson observation through coaching?

I was part of a webinar recently organised by CollectivEd which focused on having better professional conversations and building professional cultures for teachers to thrive in. I spoke about how we can enhance the depth and quality of reflection around … Continue reading

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Preparing For Next Academic Year In FE Colleges: Funding, Protective Measures,Wellbeing And Planning Learning

Official guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-and-higher-education-coronavirus-covid-19 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision/maintaining-education-and-skills-training-provision-further-education-providers   Protective measures in colleges https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/19/how-one-college-has-adapted-to-welcome-back-more-students/ https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/22/principals-sound-warning-on-high-cost-of-covid-safety-measures/   Funding https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/19/fe-snubbed-in-corrected-dfe-1bn-catch-up-plans/ https://www.tes.com/news/funding-well-carry-pointing-out-injustice https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/22/esfa-finally-reveals-covid-financial-support-offer-for-16-19-private-training-providers/   Supporting wellbeing https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_support_teachers_emotional_needs_right_now The third edition of #JoyFE is here: https://t.co/regqjGYZVi?amp=1 https://www.elsevier.com/connect/6-evidence-based-methods-to-head-off-covid-19-related-depression-and-anxiety?dgcid=_TW_P_Connect   Technology and remote blended/learning https://eu-acerforeducation.acer.com/education-trends/covid-19-will-blended-learning-become-the-future-of-education/ https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-education-global-covid19-online-digital-learning/ https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/3-ways-coronavirus-is-reshaping-education-and-what-changes-might-be-here-to-stay https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/16/another-18-schools-and-colleges-named-as-edtech-demonstrators/ Education … Continue reading

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Sharing Plans And Practices For Unseen Observation: Video of Zoom Session with Prof Matt O’Leary and Joanne Miles

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a Zoom session with Prof Matt O’Leary and colleagues from the FE sector, to discuss plans and practices related to unseen observation. Here is the video clip of that session for download. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eATkKc5JPByT9sYmWy7MrWs9gxgLZUba/preview“>SharingPlansAndPracticesForUnseenObservationZoomSessionJune11th2020Continue reading

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Planning your delivery model for next year in FE: Some prompt questions

Which models are we considering for delivery of learning programmes next year and why are we interested in those particular models? For example, online, blended or classroom-focused   How well does each model suit the learning outcomes of our different … Continue reading

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Planning For Next Year In FE: Conversations With Leaders

  https://www.loom.com/share/40623d26a3a04e899476bc07fd920c1c I have been hosting Zoom calls with FE leaders recently to share experiences and ideas about leadership in the pandemic. This Loom presentation gives a summary of the ideas shared with me on those calls.

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Current Guidance and Visions for the Future of FE and HE

Includes the re-opening plans from several FE colleges: https://www.aoc.co.uk/college-reopening-support   Current guidance for FE and skills providers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/380/comment-1/post/47/covid-19-latest-advice-for-colleges?preview https://natspec.org.uk/about-us/publications/covid-19-and-colleges-natspec-briefing/covid-19-government-advice/ https://ofqual.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/09/arrangements-for-summer-2020/ https://www.pearson.com/uk/educators/fe-college-educators/supporting-the-fe-sector-during-coronavirus-covid-19/assessmentarrangements.html   Commentary on the government response to COVID-19: https://www.tes.com/news/dfe-urged-set-out-post-covid-19-plan-fe https://www.tes.com/news/Covid-19-40-support-staff-say-safety-hasnt-been-prioritised https://www.tes.com/news/Covid-19-five-key-questions-colleges-ahead-15-june   Think pieces about the way education … Continue reading

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