At Education Development Trust, we improve school systems at scale and provide empowering employability and careers services to young people and adults. We own and manage a portfolio of schools and, as a not-for-profit, we invest annually in our programme of education research that informs policymaking around the world as well as our own work. What we do affects how teachers teach, leaders lead and students learn and we help to improve the life chances for all.
Across the world, disease outbreaks have negative impacts on children’s learning, safety and wellbeing. As the Covid-19 pandemic draws on, the education sector must urgently learn how to mitigate its effects on learners in a wide variety of countries. Our Principal Consultant, Joe Hallgarten, reflects on evidence from the Ebola crisis in West Africa and the lessons that can be applied in the context of Covid-19.
In the face of Covid-19, school closures and lockdowns are affecting children all over the world. At Education Development Trust, we are working hard to support governments and school system leaders to help mitigate the effect of the Covid-19, not only through our research and consultancy services, but also through our existing programmes. In Rwanda, our Building Learning Foundations programme has rapidly adapted to help support pupils in this unusual time.
School closures and remote learning are highlighting issues of digital inequality, both in the UK and globally. Schools have a critical role to play in supporting disadvantaged pupils and their families, and London CLC is using its expertise to provide them with timely advice to on how to tailor their support to bridge this digital divide and mitigate its impact on children’s learning.
Ministers of Education face hard choices as they respond to Covid-19. Within the education sector, the main response to this unprecedented crisis has been widespread school closures, with far-reaching ramifications: currently, over 1.4 billion learners (or 82.5% of learners around the world), are now affected, with 156 countries enacting nationwide closures. These closures are clearly necessary. Yet the secondary, indirect impact of such containment and mitigation measures will also be far-reaching.
The Accelerate Teaching Programme for early career teachers, launched in 2018 and funded by the Department for Education in England, has now come to a close. It's paved the way for Education Development Trust to provide future support to new teachers, including through the rollout of the Early Career Framework.
After several months of almost exclusively remote learning, all three of our independent schools in the UK – Danesfield Manor School, Oakfield Preparatory School and St Andrew’s School – re-opened to more pupils on Monday 1st June. All three schools have remained open to the children of key workers throughout the period of Covid-19 school closures, but were able to open their doors to more pupils on Monday, in line with government guidelines.
We will be delivering a two-year programme in Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster, and across the North East from September 2020, as part of the early rollout of the Early Career Framework.
Brand new and funded by the Department for Education, by joining the early rollout schools will benefit from the Early Career Framework a full year before the national roll out in 2021.
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