Department for Education warns of insufficient high-quality teachers

High-quality teachers are in short supply, according to the Department for Education’s annual report.

An “insufficient number of high-quality teachers” is likely to result “in poor educational outcomes for pupils”, it believes.

The report says that although action is being taken, this issue remains a “high risk” to the Government’s objective that all children and young people will have access to high-quality education.

Access to high-quality education has been worsened during the coronavirus pandemic due to issues such as digital poverty. This blog post explains the findings of the report.

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Offering a Continuous Curriculum delivery

The last thing that teachers want to see this year is another interrupted school year.

Having a continuous curriculum in place ensures that learning doesn’t stop in the event of a local lockdown or school closure.

This blog post is all you need to know about offering a continuous curriculum delivery.

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We’re becoming EDClass

This month you will notice some changes to the communication you receive from us: as our alternative provision business will become EDClass.

In this blog post we’ll explain what this means and what EDLounge will become.

To find out more about what the decision to move from EDLounge to EDClass means for you, call 01909 568338.

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The EDLounge team is here to help with school reopening

Today was school reopening day as some pupils in ‘critical year groups‘ returned to the classroom. 

‘Early years students’ were deemed most critical and resume education from today. Some secondary school pupils will also return to the classroom during June as the threat of coronavirus declines.

EDLounge also chose today to return staff to their headquarters following a time working from home. This means we are well equipped to help you with your transition back to school life. 

Here is an update from a busy day in education.

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EDLounge: working from home (the story so far)

The UK lockdown began on the evening of 23 March, with EDLounge staff working from home the following day.

The senior leadership team had worked hard in order to make it possible that this could be done. Laptops and desktop PCs were distributed to staff in the days prior to lockdown being introduced.

But what was asked of the team and how had staff adapted to working under lockdown? This blog post explains.

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Curiouser and Curiouser (Some thoughts from an English teacher…)

In the short space of a phone call with my brother last night, three more emails landed, subject: ‘Update from GOV.UK – Covid-19’. Each one means more legislation. More rules. Each one makes you think what else can’t we do? Is there much left we can do?

And yet, curiously, there’s also the sense that the ‘rules’ that keep us sane and grounded are ‘out of the window’ – as was I, at eight o’clock last night, for example. We do things we didn’t do before, and can’t do things we took for granted before. The old order of things is becoming obsolete as we adapt to new behaviours, and the burning questions are ‘When will we return to normal?’ and ‘What will the new normal be like?’. 

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Balancing work and home when you work from home

We knew it was coming. It had been weeks in the planning. Sam has spent last weekend creating various Skype groups (including one for “General Chit Chat and Duxebox”) to ensure all eventualities were covered. On Monday, we had an all-staff meeting to discuss how it was going to work. From Tuesday we would be working from home.

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Sixth form college strike: how education can avoid being affected

Starting this week, sixth form college staff will participate in three strikes in protest against government funding cuts.

National Education Union (NEU) members from 34 sixth form colleges will be taking strike action. The first strike took place on Wednesday, with action also scheduled for 27th February and 10th March. The action in February includes a rally in central London.

The action will affect schools and have implications on the education pupils are receiving. But how can a school minimise the effect a strike may have on its learners? And how can online learning be used to benefit pupils in the absence of classroom time? This blog post explains.

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Subcontracting consultation: ESFA proposal to limit long-distance subcontractors

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has launched a subcontracting consultation, with plans to cap business spending and ensure only local or digital consultants are used by contractors.

The ESFA has issued ten recommendations on changes to subcontracting rules – with the aims of reducing costs and eliminating poor arrangements. If you are a provider or subcontractor, please read the information below.

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