Will pupils ever catch up from Covid lockdowns?

With most schools now back up and running unless there is an outbreak, some parts of teaching can start to resume as normal. It may be that assemblies are still being done virtually and some elements of social distancing are still in place, but many parents, students and teachers are hopeful that we have seen the last of the lockdowns. The school closures that have taken place over the last two years have set many students back and many people are worried that they will never recover from the time they have missed. Although most students were given work to... Read More »

What is augmented reality and how can it be used in education?

It has been shown that knowledge retention improves dramatically when children’s learning incorporates audio, video, and visuals and so a growing number of schools are embracing the use of augmented reality in the curriculum. Augmented reality is in simple terms an enhanced version of the real world that is achieved through the use of digital visual elements and sound delivered via technology. The applications of augmented reality in schools are vast and as teachers get to grips with the technology they are finding more and more exciting ways of using it to enhance children’s learning. With young children it is... Read More »

Will a tutor help my child to catch up academically?

Many children have missed out on time in the classroom both last year and this year and continue to do so if they are required to isolate for any reason. Some parents are worried about this and the effect it has had on their children and want to help them to catch up and so parents are turning to private tutors to support their child’s learning at home. Although the financial commitment of hiring a private tutor is considerable and possibly out of the reach of most families some parents feel that it is necessary to ensure their child progresses... Read More »

Is homework for Primary school children useful?

There is much debate amongst academics about the benefit or not of homework for primary school aged children, but it has become commonplace in the majority of schools and the school homework provision is looked at by inspectors visiting the school. Many parents find that getting children to complete homework is quite stressful and struggle to find the time after school or at weekends when children may be engaged in other activities and hobbies but is it worthwhile and does it benefit pupils? The justification for setting homework for primary school pupils is mainly in giving them the opportunity to... Read More »

Keeping children motivated during online learning.

Teachers are having to face a steep learning curve at the present time as they try to get to grips with the technology necessary to enable them to communicate with their pupils, upload tasks for them to attempt and comment on work submitted. This may be alongside teaching critical workers children in the classroom and trying to maintain social distancing. Teachers are adept at motivating children in normal circumstances but how is this working in the current situation? Praise is a great motivator as many teachers know and so this is a strategy that teachers are using as they communicate... Read More »