What we're doing to help
We need great teachers and school leaders now more than ever
Since the lockdown started, teachers and school leaders have stepped up to the challenge, providing leadership in their communities. They’re doing everything possible to keep pupils safe, healthy and learning, while many are at home.
Despite these incredible efforts, school closures will mean pupils lose out on much of what they would have learned at school. Children from poorer backgrounds will be hit the hardest, making the disadvantage gap even wider than before.
One thing hasn’t changed: great teachers and school leaders are the best way to close the disadvantage gap. That’s why we’re more determined than ever to deliver great professional development to teachers and school leaders.
Supporting the national effort
We’re proud to be working with partners from across the sector to help teachers and school leaders to stop the disadvantage gap from getting even wider.
We’re supporting the Oak National Academy, providing its teachers with development and support to deliver over 180 lessons each week to pupils in their homes.
And we’re creating free and accessible content to help teachers and school leaders to do their jobs in exceptional circumstances. Our Summer Series webinars ran throughout the summer term, covering current challenges as well as looking ahead to life beyond lockdown.
Taking on new and different challenges
We're helping teachers and school leaders to address the new or different problems they're facing because of coronavirus and school closures – and to prepare for the challenge of reopening schools.
Our new content includes delivering online lessons, assessing during lockdown, and planning for re-establishing positive routines and behaviours. We’re listening to what teachers and school leaders want and need, and adapting our programmes to make them relevant and immediately applicable.
Making development accessible
We know this is busy and challenging time for teachers and school leaders. We’re committed to supporting those that feel able to think about professional development from home.
To support our programme participants, we’re making more programmes available online, creating virtual peer learning groups and continuing virtual coaching.