The UK government has stated that it may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of schools to get primary pupils back into school, in stages, beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1st.
The next couple of months will be uncharted territory for the education profession. There will be a range of challenges already identified and new obstacles will arise. School staff, pupils, parents and local communities will have lots of concerns and questions over the coming months.
It’s the time of year when many teachers and school staff will be deciding their options when subscribing to a teaching union or edu-legal support such as Edapt (or in some cases both!).
With the vital role of schools and teachers at the forefront of public debate during the COVID-19 pandemic what will be the impact on teacher recruitment and retention in the future?
Will we see people who have been made redundant from other sectors entering the teaching profession?
We hope you are looking forward to an Easter break if you are able to have one through these difficult times. Our staff and caseworkers have been working hard throughout this period, answering your questions, creating content and supporting new and ongoing cases.Over the Easter weekend, and the week following, from Friday 10th April to Sunday 19th April (inclusive) we will be operating slightly reduced operating hours from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday.
Connection and talking to one another during these times is vitally important for our well-being. It can feel lonely working from home and you might feel disconnected from your colleagues and school communities. That is why we are launching online webinars from next week for teachers, school staff and anyone interested in education.
We know that the Coronavirus pandemic will be a worrying time and you will be concerned about your role, income, family as well as supporting your pupils and wider school community. There will be a number of challenges faced across society over the coming months.
Today we are celebrating World Book Day and having a competition for school staff to win a £15 book voucher. As former teachers at Edapt, we enjoy reading a wide range of books and there can be no better gift than getting stuck into a good novel.
We receive at least a few calls every week where a member of staff is seeking immediate support because of an incident in school but they are not a subscriber to Edapt or have access to support through a teaching trade union, or other service.
Teaching in London will be a rewarding and unique opportunity for many teachers. With the draws of living and working in a world capital, great schools and the added reassurance of salary weighting, is it a no-brainer for those eager to have a long-term career in teaching?