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.
As education systems around the world begin to emerge from Covid-19-related lockdown, governments are facing the difficult decision of when and how to reopen schools, balancing the risks of widespread learning loss – and the impact this will have on a generation of learners – with the risks of virus transmission, which are more significant in low-income settings. In this report, we propose a middle way between full closure and reopening, which would not only enable schools to reopen more safely, but also holds real potential to improve learning outcomes for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
As a prime provider of the National Careers Service in England, Education Development Trust has recently been re-accredited against the Merlin Standard, with a rating of “Excellent”. The score has increased from 80% (Good) in our first accreditation in 2018 to 86%. This includes a 10% increase in scoring on the supply chain design element of the framework, which is a significant achievement.
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.
Education Development Trust’s Future Teaching Scholars came together this month for the first fully virtual Future Teaching Scholars conference. The annual conference brings our future teachers together to share their experiences, learn more about school life and their role as a teacher, and help them to develop essential classroom skills through a range of workshops led by expert practitioners.
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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