When the new lockdown started at the beginning of 2021, it felt quite different to the first one in March last year, writes Sarah Simons, Matron of #UKFEChat on Twitter.
Back then, although times were tough there seemed to be a certain amount of energy, perhaps powered by the collective astonishment that the whole world was experiencing something new.
The novelty has since worn off, leaving many of us struggling to recognise anything ‘normal’ in what is widely described as ‘the new normal’. Lots of people are experiencing difficulties in managing their work, families, finances, relationships or health, both physical and mental.
But there is some comfort in knowing that lots of us are encountering similar problems, and that none of us are alone in finding this time tricky. And it’s great to know that there are numerous avenues of support already available - whether it's a Twitter hashtag that gathers a community with specific interests, a colleague who uses his lunch hour to help solve remote learning tech troubles, or a fantastic set of free resources ready to use in an online teaching session.
If there was ever a time to get involved with an online community of colleagues and friends, to give or to receive support, then this is it.
On 7 January a Twitter #UKFEChat took place on the theme ‘What support do you need and what’s already out there?' Many of you came together to help find ways to help and support each other during this difficult, confusing, and unpredictable times. Below are the highlights taken from the live event.
Resilience. Recovery. Building back better. Reconnection and Re-engaging: These are common words in the current landscape of education and workplaces and was the topic of a recent SET Special Interest Group event I was invited to attend, writes Georgie Ford, Advanced Practitioner in Mental Health and Wellbeing at Weston College.
The Education and Training Foundation’s Head of Professional Status and Standards, Andrew Dowell, explains how Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) fills the gap for advanced teachers looking to demonstrate their mastery.
Webinar with Dr Paul Demetriou and Joanna Georgiou, lecturers in Education at NCC Havering, on understanding effective differentiation. Learn more about whether differentiation is the same for learners of different ages and the barriers teachers face when using differentiation with adult learners.