Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

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Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

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Patsy Kane

Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

by | Mar 5, 2021 | Blogs, Latest News | 0 comments

The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning, well-being and progress has never been greater.

The Challenges Of 2021 So Far

Headteachers and their teams have focused relentlessly on making sure learning shifted rapidly to remote learning and are now preparing for a full return of students. Resilience has always been a key feature of a successful head’s character, but this has been tested like never before.

The importance of sharing the load and practising self-care has also been key to surviving and thriving. There have been times when just getting through the day has been an enormous achievement but this, too, can cause some pressure as heads know they have to be strategic and keep improving their school for the long term.

Concerns for students’ access to devices and for their well-being are well-founded and we have seen examples of fantastic multi-disciplinary working. Heads are trusted by their communities and are such key figures in advising and supporting parents with their anxieties over health as well as homeschooling.

students studying Biology

A New Beginning?

Students are returning and many staff can’t wait to welcome them back into school safely, to enjoy their energy and humour and all the other factors which make teaching such an amazing career. We will need to keep watchful eyes on their health and well-being, as well as identifying and addressing gaps in learning.

The daffodils are starting to bloom and a sense of optimism that this stage of this awful pandemic may finally be coming to its end is growing. So much to do but a new sense of energy and purpose can begin to flow.

Oldham Learning is here to support all our schools on their journey of creating a strong and sustainable school-led system. We are looking forward to wider consultations about what we all hope for the young people of Oldham into the future. We have ambitious goals; we have talented staff and leaders and collectively we can work to make our dreams a reality.

Now, however, is the time to say thank you to all those working in our schools and colleges who have worked tirelessly throughout this epidemic to give young people the support and challenge they need to achieve their dreams. Thank you!

Patsy Kane

February 2021
Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

read more
Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

read more