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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...
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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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How Safe Is It to Reopen Our Schools?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 20/05/2020 In this time of unprecedented uncertainty one thing is certain, it is a time of change. Society has proved to be much more adaptable to change than was thought possible. Aspects of life that seemed “set in stone” only a few weeks ago have been swept away and many “sacred cows” have had to go. Churc...
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School Closures and Learning from Home. Are iPads the Obvious Solution?

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 12/03/2020 As we all come to terms with the implications of the Coronavirus and plan for school closures, the importance of using online learning has suddenly moved to centre stage. Certainly schools in other countries are managing their closures with teachers working from home and interacting with pupils onl...
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Taking Children Out of School for Holidays in Term Time

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 18/02/2020 The thorny problem of children being taken on holiday during term time is presenting itself to head teachers this year as never before and is now even being debated on daytime television and in the press. Martin Lewis has entered the conversation with his celebrated money saving website, offering b...