Mobile phones: a force for good?

There are increasing calls for the use of mobile technology to become part of a national curriculum. Dragging some attitudes into modern times is a challenge, but one that helps prepare students for making the most of what are increasingly expensive devices. This article from EdTechnology emphasizes how important skills such as “Coding and app…

You’ve lost control of a class. Can you recover it?

There are occasionally moments for teachers when they feel that they are losing a class, and things go from bad to worse. This article from TES gives some tips as to how to regain the control of a class.  Instil order and routine. Use easily accessible materials and give clear instructions. Keep focused, and communicate…

A new study suggests 3 feet, not 6 feet, is sufficient distance for school students, with mask-wearing and other safety measures kept in place

The safety measures in place in order to ensure a secure environment have included the need for social distancing of some six feet, or almost two metres. However, a study, reported in the NY Times published in the  Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, suggests that “public schools may be able to reopen safely for in-person instruction…

what is the point of schools?

Much has been written about the benefits of reopening schools on children, parents and teachers. The effects of what has been lived through are multiple in impact. According to this FT article quoting some research by No More Marking, secondary school starters in September in the UK were “22 months behind” where they should have…

Why teenage sleep is so important for mental health

The last twelve months have left their indelible mark on youngsters, with many of them suffering mental health as a consequence of the pandemic, manifested in terms of depression and other ailments. Sometimes altered sleeping patterns can also be a contributor, frequently brought on by excessive usage of digital devices – key to their enforced…