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Remote Learning in Lockdown – Lessons Learned?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/01/2021 As the New Year begins, we are faced again with school closures and children and families struggling with home schooling in lockdown mode. Our experiences from the last extended school closure in Spring 2020 should make it possible for us all to do this better. Government responses in most jurisdic...
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Examinations or Estimated Grades for Summer 2021

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 03/12/2020 Michael Allen Principal of Lisneal College in Derry has called for the summer examination series to be cancelled as conditions in schools with pupils and staff isolating and missing considerable periods of time, are making it impossible to prepare adequately. During a debate in Stormont on Tuesday...
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Learning To Live With Covid-19 In Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 06/11/2020 Comments by the Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael Mc Bride on Cool FM radio at the weekend have ignited a debate about whether it would be better to close schools or instead keep the hospitality sector closed to reduce coronavirus transmission rates. He is arguing that one or other option will be ne...
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“It’s My Party...” Young People and Effective Public Health Messaging

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 21/10/2020 The BBC have reported that The Principal of St Ronan’s College in Co Armagh, Ms Fiona Kane has written to parents to make them aware of a number of planned parties, including indoor house parties and other social gatherings potentially involving a number of their sixth form pupils. She wrote to the...
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Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Teaching Support - A Lifeline for Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 30/09/2020 In recent articles in this column the impact on disadvantaged pupils caused by the lockdown and closure of schools has been graphically set out. Most worrying has been the widening of the attainment gap between the high achievers and those who were already struggling to keep up with the baseline ta...
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New Issues in Opening Our Schools Safely

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 26/08/2020 One of the things we have become accustomed to during the lockdown and particularly during the gradual easing of restrictions has been the intense media/public scrutiny of measures implemented by government and public bodies. Schools will no doubt be aware of this pressure as they carefully put in ...
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Reopening Schools In September – A Risk We Have To Take?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/08/2020 The Royal Society has convened a high-level expert, multi-disciplinary group called the Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) to try and learn from the different approaches in other countries in managing the pandemic. They feed in data-based views to the government’s SAGE advisor...
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Are A-Level and GCSE Plans for 2021 Realistic, Given Lockdown Learning Inconsistencies?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 15/07/2020 Exam regulator Ofqual has suggested that GCSE and A level examinations scheduled for May 2021 should be put back a month to allow for more teaching time in the forthcoming academic year. The Guardian on July 8th however reported that thousands of headteachers across England believe that more drasti...
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Suspension Of The Transfer Tests, A Problem Or An Opportunity?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/06/2020 As we move into the month of June the debate about the possible suspension of transfer tests for the coming academic year has moved centre stage. Looking back over the management of this pandemic, many difficult decisions have already had to be taken and changes made to accepted norms in schools. W...
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Squaring The Circle – A New Normal For Schools?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 05/06/2020 On BBC N Ireland Newsline on Tuesday May 26th, Education Correspondent Robbie Meredith reported on Methodist College Principal Scott Naismith’s e mail to parents which articulated perfectly what many in the school leader community have been thinking, namely that current social distance protocols w...
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