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CONTENTS In this issue... Dear Reader,


Welcome to the latest issue of Education Today. What a start to the year! Any hopes that normality might soon be returning in 2021 were dashed with the emergence of the new variant of Covid19 appearing in the south and rapidly threatening to overwhelm the NHS without emergency intervention. We all know what happened next of course – schools closing their gates to all but the vulnerable, the children of key workers and those without the means to access online learning, in an echo of events from March 2020. There is one difference now though, and that is that schools are much better prepared for closures. While the pressures on staff are no less than they were during the first lockdown, and in some ways possibly more intense given the high transmissibility of this new mutation, at least technologies have been tried and tested and, where found wanting, discarded in favour of better alternatives. That’s not to say this time round it will be any easier – with the government announcing that children with no access to online learning must be allowed to attend school, there are reports of high demand for vulnerable places in schools, with some headteachers reporting 20% to 30% attendance. This must be addressed by the government as a matter of urgency. Finally, with news of the cancellation of GCSEs and A levels this year, I’m sure all of you are now waiting with keen interest to hear from the DfE and Ofqual exactly how the grading system will work, how it will be applied, and how practitioners will be brought up to speed on the details to ensure fairness and consistency across the sector. We’ll have more on this in future issues as the situation develops. Remember, we love to hear from you, you can get in touch with us via Twitter @EdTodayMag, Facebook and our homepage, as well as by phone or email. Enjoy the issue, and all of us here wish you the best of luck navigating the next weeks and months.


Jonathan Swift - Managing Editor


4-10 NEWS Highlights from the UK education sector 12 FIRST PERSON


We hear from Felicia Jackson on the importance of climate change education 13 VIEWS


With Daniel Tomlinson-Gray, editor of “Big Gay Adventures in Education: Supporting LGBT+ Visibility and Inclusion in Schools.”; and Julia Garvey, Operations Director at BESA


14 OPINION


With Graham Cooper of Juniper Education, and Matthew Alexander, Intratek Ltd 16-17 VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


We hear from Joanne Wilkinson-Tabi, Executive Headteacher at Ebbsfleet Green Primary School 18 CONTRIBUTORS


With Harriet Rinfret from Edge Hill University; and Kirsty Bertenshaw 19 SPOTLIGHT ON SEND With regulars Joanne Gladders and Kate Sarginson 20-25 VIEWS & OPINION


Featuring comment and opinion from the UK education sector


26-27 FEATURE FOCUS: SCHOOL TRIPS


With Mark Castle, chief executive of the Field Studies Council 28-29 FEATURE FOCUS: SCHOOL TRIPS


We hear from Nigel Miller, Managing Director of Active Learning Group & Chairman of Outlook Expeditions


30-31 FEATURE FOCUS: SPECIALIST PROVISION


Education journalist Sal McKeown looks at the rise of the UTC


32-35 BUILDINGS, MAINTENANCE & REFURBISHMENT


36-37 COMPUTING & ESSENTIAL RESOURCES


38-39 SAFETY & SECURITY 40-41 IN OTHER NEWS


42-IBC RECRUITMENT Selected job opportunities from talentedteacherjobs.co.uk


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