Covid-19 has impacted heavily on education the world over. How education systems rise to meet the challenges that now face us as educators will be the talking point in Ed circles for years to come. Do we find the challenges overwhelming, and find ourselves fighting for survival amidst temporary lockdowns, gaps in learning and bureaucracy overload as we try to push the river over the mountain? Or do we seek the opportunities to take our systems to the next level of learning, as the phoenix rises from the ashes? 

Talks on Ed looks at innovations in education. We strive to find those who are capitalising on those opportunities and growing new and exciting learning opportunities, not only for students but for themselves too. 

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Season 2 - Building a pandemic-proof learning model

As schools enter a period of opening for onsite learning, but facing temporary or partial closures for the forseeable future, the question on everyone’s monds is, “How can we make this work?” 

There is no simple answer to this question and surely each school will have its own strategy to meet these needs. However, there are some basic principles that should be considered and these may well be consistent between schools. 

This series of podcasts looks at the strategies and ideas generated at St. Andrew’s International Primary School. in Blantyre, Malawi.

S2 E1 - Integrating specialist teaching

Smaller group sizes means more focussed teaching to the individual. This provides opportunity for specialist teachng to move away from a whole class approach, towards a more targeted teaching style which supports those who need it, and extends those who need it. 

S2 E2 - The Logistics of Blended Learning

As teachers become used to a change in teaching style to accommodate Blended Learning, these are some of the challenges they have needed to resolve. 

S2 E3 - Benefits of Blended learning for children in KS2.

Blended Learning, in many ways resembles the style of EY continuous provision. However, teachers and children in KS2 are not familiar, or have become deskilled, in this style of teaching/learning. Can learning be made more powerful by overcoming the inevitable challenges of ‘change’?

Season 1: The e-learning curve

St. Andrew’s International Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi made the move from old normal to new normal in a matter of days after being given only 4 days notice of school closures. Most teachers had no experience in the use of Google Classrooms and in spite of this, effectively delivered CPD, and the shear will to succeed meant that they opened a highly effective e-learning platform within 4 days. 

This Talks on Ed season looks at the challenges and wins that they experienced along the way, and examines to viability of e-learning as an effective pandemic tool. Key players from the school give their impressions. 

S1 E1 - Getting the team ready in 4 days

Andy Liles, a Year 6 teacher delivered the INSET training on the use of Google Classroom across the school. His INSET laid the groundwork for teachers to go live within just 4 days.

Jo Marriott, Early Years leader at St. Andrew’s, discusses the challenges of remote learning for very young children, and highlights some real successes and wins!

Nicola Cave, Key Stage 2 Leader, discusses the importance of keeping the team together when conducting remote learning.

Hannah Bradley, the deputy Head, discusses lessons that we can take away from the experience of conducting e-learning, that will inform a new model of education, Blended Learning.