Schools are expected to become a particularly large problem with Omicron transmission in the coming weeks.
"It's stopping kids being normal, social, human beings."
Tackling Fake News: Do Kids Have The Critical Literacy Skills They Need to Survive And Thrive In A Digital World?
Today's children and young people have grown up in a world that revolves around digital technology. Whether children read books on a tablet, play games on a console, use apps on their phone or do their homework on a computer - technology is entrenched in every part of their lives.
Firstly, will the new system itself be judged as a success or a failure? This year's students will be receiving a somewhat confusing spread of number and letter grades. The claim for a new GCSE system was that it would help drive up standards. The tougher subject specifications were meant to make courses more demanding.
A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important
Education needs better, fairer funding. It needs stability, not change for its own sake and increased uncertainty. It needs recognition of actual problems and innovative thinking in solving them. This can only happen if channels of communication between all those who have a stake in the education community are kept open. Whoever is in office, we must make sure that the education debate continues.
The Conservative Manifesto makes reference to the intake of selective schools, but not to the end result of their re-introduction: a two-tier education system within which different children have access to different opportunities, not the 'Great Meritocracy' claimed. For this election, let's remember what the real problems facing education are and focus on what needs to happen to deliver an education system fit for the 21st century to every child.
Time brings depth. With a narrow, exam-focused curriculum, we are doing our children an injustice if we don't invest in PSHE. Its teaching can help remove barriers, improve academic outcomes and help young people make informed choices. It surely isn't asking too much to give them the information they might need to handle difficulties better and the space to consider them.
Parks and playgrounds are there to be enjoyed. We can encourage children to look at the sky, notice changes to flora and fauna and appreciate the weather and seasons, learn how to use a map without relying on a phone, figure out how to fix a bike that needs repair or look up at the stars at night.
The new change in GCSEs has been the biggest educational reform for a long while. Transforming an exam system that has been