There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic left the world reeling, but as we move ahead, we must consider the lessons we have learned in order to improve the future. Take a look at some of the most important learning points and consider how education providers need to adapt.
Exam Results Need More Consideration
We have now had two years of teacher-based grades rather than exam results, and the difference in outcomes is well reported with better results than ever before. Interestingly, the highest rises in grades have been seen in private education, but it has left the nation in a quandary over grade reliability and what should happen as time moves forward.
Students who are now expected to revert to exams and exam teaching need to have the gaps in the education considered, and exam boards will have to come up with a fair and consistent approach to exam marking so that students are not unfairly treated. In addition, schools need to adapt their approach again to focus on exams so that grade slippage is not a calamity next year.
Wellbeing is Key
Another important lesson we have learned from the pandemic is that pupil and staff wellbeing need to be much higher on the education agenda. Anxiety, stress, and other mental health concerns have been repeatedly highlighted throughout the pandemic, and it is imperative that we learn from them as we move forwards.
COVID-19 will have a lasting effect for generations to come, and by investing in robust wellbeing support now, we may be able to mitigate some of the concerns that have been brought to light.
Technology is Useful
Technology has not always been the most popular part of school life, with many educators preferring to stick to pens and paper, whilst others have not had appropriate access to the range of devices needed. Whatever your stance is, it is clear that technology plays a useful role in education.
From home learning, online classrooms, and improved communication between stakeholders, technology has the ability to pull education communities together and avoid missed learning when a pupil is not able to attend in person. Covid-19 may have accelerated the adoption of technology, but we can carry on using these resources to provide a more dynamic and flexible learning experience. If pupils are unwell or away from home they can still access education. However, for this to be powerful, there is clearly a need to level up the playing field when it comes to who has access to tech and who doesn’t.
Phi is Here for You
Many parents have reported that they have been left feeling ill-prepared and unequipped for both distance and virtual schooling, with many looking for support from external education agencies like Phi.
We have appreciated the opportunity to get to know more pupils and to work with families to reduce the impact of the pandemic on learning. If you are keen to help your child get the most from their education, then arranging sessions with us is sure to help. We will focus their learning, build on their knowledge and help to ready them for whatever comes their way – get in touch today to arrange a session and see what we have to offer.