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Make sure you're ready when schools reopen

It's hard to underestimate the turmoil being caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of lockdown across the world. Working closely with teachers, we’re acutely aware that their lives were turned upside down when the government closed the country’s school gates to all but a few children on 20th March.

The experience of lockdown will be different for everyone, but one thing we all share is the sheer unpredictability of what has happened in the first few months of 2020. When SLTs worked on this year’s improvement plans, they surely did not anticipate the six months of ‘normality’ followed by – well, nothing. And certainly nothing that anyone would recognise as the culmination of an academic year.

Abrupt school closures have certainly got in the way – of everything, let alone GCSEs and A levels. Many teachers, regardless of their experience, will be uncertain about where they will stand when schools eventually reopen. None of us can be sure when we will be back in the classroom, but among the worries about free school meal vouchers, and the vagaries of Moodle, zoom, etc.,  it’s reassuring to hear a sense of (very) cautious optimism coming from the government’s scientific advisers.

Great opportunity

Nevertheless, we’re experiencing spring and summer terms like never before. Some of us might even have time on our hands. This is a great opportunity to review, reflect and formulate a strategy for the future. Whether you focus on the next few terms, or a detailed five-year plan, a sense of control is incredibly empowering. Taking a proactive and positive approach will certainly keep you going in these socially distant circumstances.

Hourglass Education is made up of education specialists with fantastic advice for teachers at any stage in their career and great relationships with their client schools.

Whatever happens in the next few weeks, carrying out a CV review and some productive reflection on your career to date and where you go next will not be wasted. Give us a call now to find out how we can help.


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