The pandemics and lockdowns have brought everyone in my school communities much more closely together. And that can only be a good thing.
Laxey and Dhoon Schools developed and offered an extensive remote learning package that arose during the COVID19 lockdown period, and which continued to evolve once the schools in the Isle of Man reopened for 6 weeks prior to the summer holidays.
The good school curriculum should remain under constant review, ever evolving in response to children’s needs and interests, ever adapting to the strengths and passion of those delivering it, ever reflecting the values and ethos of the school and ever reacting to the community, society and world in which we find ourselves. The good school curriculum is not fixed, it moves with the ebbs and tides of research, policy, need and resource. The good school curriculum is in a state of constant flux.
In an attempt to keep a high visibility during lockdown and school closure, I have maintained regular contact with my school community through a series of video messages, or VLOGs.
When schools were closed to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers, nobody knew how long the lockdown would last, or how education and schooling could continue without the physical presence of young learners turning up to a communal building each day.
As many schools and school leaders have had to react to the coronavirus implications, Maxim Kelly outlines the response to COVID19 that his schools have taken.