Looking back as we move forward
As the school term and 2020 draw to a close it seems a good time to stop and reflect. Who could have imagined that school would become the kitchen table, the bedroom or a quiet corner somewhere? Instead of playtime and chats on the school bus, friendships would be kept alive through Instagram and TikTok. It’s been a year like no other for everyone. Read more:
For some children and young people having time away from school and the playground will have given them a breather from a stressful environment, and experiences that create anxiety and unhappiness. However, the majority of children and young people have talked about the loss and hardship that was created by not being able to attend school and see friends.
As schools needed to adapt to the ever changing circumstances we saw innovation, creativity, and care like never before. Staff worked to overcome challenges with energy and determination while schools became centres to support whole families as the impact of the pandemic made life for some increasingly difficult. Kindness, empathy and community brought people together.
It’s important that we learn from all these experiences so we can shape school for the future. By listening to understand what children and young people are saying about what makes school better, happier and more inclusive we might be able to turn what has been a tragic time for many into the start of something positive. Collectively there is an appetite to learn and do things differently, this last year has helped many to consider what is important and what is not. We might find it also gives us a different perspective on what it means to educate, to be inclusive and to be responsive.
As schools finish for the holiday, we wish you all a restful and restorative break.