As the author says in her introduction to this excellent resource guide for parents.
“Knowing how to home school is not something parents are born knowing. Even fully trained teachers and those working directly in education, may find themselves thrown as to how to navigate their way through these circumstances flung upon them. Balancing the emotional turbulence of the pandemic and all that comes with it is enough to throw us off kilter. Add to that the media diet of fear and breaking news, social media notifications and a constant stream of conflicting and ambitious information, it can be a minefield to know what to do for the best”
This booklet not only offers thoughtful guidance, (from someone who is home schooling her child) but a reflective piece that enables parents to frame their own emotions and experiences of home schooling in Lockdown. On top of that it offers some useful tips, and points to invaluable resources.
At a time when there is nothing to support parents in these most challenging of times, this free guide is extremely welcome.
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Fiona Carnie draws on examples from practice at home and abroad to explore the vital role of listening in pandemic recovery, for children, families and staff.
In this latest Podcast from Teacher Toolkit, Ross Morrison McGill interviews Professor Barry Carpenter about the emerging current challenges for schools, and particularly the curriculum, as a result of the ongoing pandemic, lockdowns etc. In their discussion Professor Carpenter updates and refreshes his thinking around the Recovery Curriculum.
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This fascinating short article by Fintan O ‘Regan is powerful, moving and full of insight into the needs of students with ADHD.
The DSA has issued guidance for people with DS on coronavirus.
In addition to an easy to read guide, there are health and fitness videos, demonstrated by people with DS, and ideas for home based activities.
In this innovative Think Piece, Victoria Wells from the Youth Sports Trust, asks the central question Could ‘sport sanctuaries’ in schools help young people recover from the impact of a pandemic?
Her ideas are strongly allied to the 5 levers in the Recovery Curriculum , especially meta-cognition and space.
In the week when Ofsted published evidence (10th November), on the ‘mental distress’ and erosion of mental health in our Children and Young People , we have to find ways that enable the CYP themselves to self regulate their mood and re build their resilience. Exercise, for all of its well known benefits, offers this at all levels for all learners.
We highly recommend this piece
to you, and look forward to seeing examples of good practice emerging from this thought provoking piece.
Barry and Matthew Carpenter .
This is a topic with few publications to support thinking and practice on what must be a priority for students with Special Needs and Disabilities in their final years of School.
In this excellent new publication from SSAT, Pauline Holbrook, pull together some rich case studies , insights from employers, and routes to accreditation . In particular her commentary on the Gatsby Benchmarks is helpful for showing how students with Special Needs can gain a meaningful careers education .
This publication is available as a free download; (for hard copies contact SSAT)
This useful short article from Richard Parker and Andrew Wright makes some helpful links with the Recovery Curriculum.
There is much debate around how the Care sector has handled their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In this article, Ruth Smith, CEO, Active Care Group, describes the creative and careful approach taken in her organisation , particularly in supporting clients with Acquired Brain Injury, staff, and families.