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Avoiding the “Catch up Narrative” in Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 19/03/2021 The Department of Education has issued guidance to schools to help deal with the issues of potential lost learning across the pupil population in Northern Ireland during the pandemic. It accepts the reality that the long-term effect of the current unprecedented disruption on learning is difficult ...
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Can Our Reopened Schools Be Safer?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 24/02/2021 As we move closer to another school reopening cycle, public opinion seems to be coming to terms with the reality that the pandemic may not end neatly and that adaptations to our lifestyles will be required in the medium or even longer term, and this of course applies to schools to when considering ...
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Education Recovery Plans - Time For A Rethink?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 09/02/2021 There is a growing realisation that this pandemic has changed realities in the world of education. Previously untenable measures like remote learning have been introduced nationally and a radical adjustment to learning styles has had to take place, especially involving the role of technology and h...
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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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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...