GCSE exam results day is a milestone; marking the passage from one phase of education to the next. It offers me the chance to celebrate with children who have achieved what they never thought possible, and offer reassurance to those who are disappointed.
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.
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?
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.