Teaching in the New Normal

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  • Schools can learn lessons from teaching in lockdown
  • Social interactions and mental health will be just as important for schools to address as academic learning.
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With almost a year of lockdowns, remote learning for the majority of pupils, and serious disruption all-around, could the end be in sight? No.

A new normal will be with us for some time to come. With the Chief scientist, Sir Patrick Vallance, warning that face coverings will likely be a recurring necessity for at least the next few years during the winter seasons, coronavirus will continue to have an impact on society, and therefore schools, going forward. It is a gloomy picture, but there are also new opportunities that might come from this tragic period.

The pandemic has exposed equalities in society and that many things are not fit for purpose, and this time society might just do something to try and fix this. Learning has changed at an accelerated pace over the last 12-months. Those schools and educators who have taken note of and learn from the experience will lead the way to a better learning experience for all when the pandemic is part of our history curriculum.

Every school has an improvement plan. Perhaps now every school should have on it what can be learnt from this chaotic period.

🔼UKEdChat After Hours Webinar, featuring guests Esmeralda Salgado, with @ICTmagic hosting. See the link to Esmeralda’s blog at https://mflcraft.blogspot.com. View the original tweet by Ludi Jones quoted in the webinar here.

In this #UKEdChat session, hosted by @BotonesSalgado, which took place on Thursday 18th February 2021 at 8pm(UK) we discussed how lessons learnt from the 2020/2021 lockdowns can improve education going forward, how to mitigate the considerable negative impact the pandemic has had on many, and how to seize the silver linings.


  1. What should be your school priorities after return?
  2. What will be the most eminent changes, if any, in the classroom?
  3. How can we benefit, moving forward, from lessons on well-being?
  4. How can CPD be reimagined?
  5. Is there such a thing as “lost learning”?
  6. Should blended learning be the new normal?
  7. How can the digital barrier be narrowed?
  8. What are the silver linings from these experiences?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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