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.
We are delighted to partner with the Education Commission to host this virtual event to explore 'Education Leadership during COVID-19 and beyond'.
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.
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.
Education policymakers are used to seeing results from small scale pilots. But successful local innovations and interventions, which may have impressive evidence from research trials, do not always translate into results at scale. This is an ongoing frustration for policymakers and, faced with the learning crisis, they are increasingly asking different questions, wondering how to achieve school improvement at scale. To investigate this issue further, Education Development Trust worked with the UK Department for International Development. Here, Emma Gibbs, Senior Consultant, reflects on the experience, and the insights that emerged from the collaboration.
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.
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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