Where is the English Education System Heading? An Insight into the Future of Multi Academy Trusts

Paolo Gattavari COVID-19, Governance, Schools

Where is the English Education System Heading? An Insight into the Future of Multi Academy Trusts At the Foundation for Education Development summit, which took place at the beginning of March, Secretary of State Gavin Williamson restated the importance for schools to build partnerships and join a bigger family, that is, to become part of a Multi Academy Trust. ‘Multi …

PAG’s Kickstart Journey

Lily Mitchell COVID-19, Governance, Schools

PAG’s Kickstart Journey: Our Progress Thus Far Seven weeks ago, Premier Advisory Group was approved by the DWP as a Kickstart Gateway. Since then, we have been working tirelessly to introduce this fantastic initiative to the wider education sector, within which we had long identified a need for extra support based on a clear understanding of the sector’s needs.  To date, we have received just short of 400 requests for employees via Kickstart and have helped …

Virtual Schools and the Challenges of post-COVID-19 Education

Paolo Gattavari COVID-19, online resources

Virtual Schools and the Challenges of Post-COVID-19 Education Perhaps unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 outbreak has boosted the growth of the EdTech market. The education intelligence consultancy Holon IQ has disclosed that venture capital investors worldwide have been fully exploiting the possibilities offered by the current situation. Investment in EdTech has more than doubled over the last two years, from $7 billion …

COVID-19 and the Rise of Online Learning: Does Technology Ensure High-Quality Education?

Paolo Gattavari COVID-19, online resources

COVID-19 and the Rise of Online Learning: Does Technology Ensure High-Quality Education? One of the main consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak for education has been the rise of online learning. The relevance of this phenomenon, which was already emerging in the pre-COVID-19 times, has considerably increased in the wake of the lockdowns that the UK Government has been enforcing in …

Governance during COVID-19

PAG Staff COVID-19, Governance, Leadership

Governance during COVID-19 Gary Brown is an experienced non-executive director and Academy Ambassador who currently sits on the board of a small all-through MAT in Warwickshire and a mid-sized MAT in the West Midlands. Read below to learn more about Gary’s experience as a governor during COVID-19. w Over the past few weeks, I have worked with a number of organisations to …

Barnardo’s places pastoral care and safeguarding as top priorities for returning pupils

Ceri Moss COVID-19, Safeguarding, wellbeing

Barnardo’s places pastoral care and safeguarding as top priorities for returning pupils On Monday, after almost three months in lockdown, some pupils returned to school. These pupils are, of course, in addition to the vulnerable pupils and pupils of key workers who have continued attending school through the lockdown period. The BBC reported “highly variable” levels of attendance from primary …

The Impact of School Closures on the Attainment Gap: A Rapid Evidence Assessment from EEF

Ceri Moss Attainment Gap, COVID-19, Inequalities

The Impact of School Closures on the Attainment Gap: A Rapid Evidence Assessment from EEFEarlier this week, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, released a rapid evidence assessment focused on the impact of school closures on the attainment gap. What is the Rapid Evidence Assessment?This rapid evidence …

How to Manage a Phased Re-opening During Covid-19: Webinar Summary

Yashna Smart COVID-19, Schools, wellbeing

How to manage a phased re-opening during COVID-19: Webinar summary by Yashna Smart Last week, I attended a webinar hosted by HCR Law, in which they discussed the issues around the possibility of staff and pupils returning to school in June. Of course, the majority of schools have been open throughout the lockdown period for vulnerable children and children of …

What impact does COVID-19 have on transition to university?

Anna Fosse-Galtier COVID-19, Schools, Transition

What impact does COVID-19 have on transition to university? 🎓📝📚The transition from school or college to higher education can be difficult. Even prior to the transition to university, prospective students will undeniably be thinking about their course choice and the impact this will have on their future whilst juggling A-Levels. Upon starting, new undergraduates have to adapt to an unfamiliar …

The new Nightingales?

Tom Legge COVID-19, Schools

Can schools fill the gap in the childcare market and change the face of the sector for good? COVID-19 has brought a seismic shift to the childcare market that will be felt long after life starts to return to pre-pandemic normality. Recent research from Childcare.co.uk suggests that nearly one-sixth of the providers asked said they were likely to have permanently …