With mixed-ability classes and a patchwork of British, American and other varieties of English being delivered, teaching ELT in the primary classroom poses plenty of challenges. Not to mention the wide variety of contexts across the MENA region.
In part two of this interview, Oriel Square Director, Sam Derby, sat down with Alix Robertson and Loic Menzies to ask what they see in the future of EdTech.
In part one of this interview, Oriel Square Director, Sam Derby, sat down with Alix Robertson and Loic Menzies at the Centre for Education and Youth to find out what they have learnt about education and technology in the past 12 months.
Action Tutoring Programme Coordinator, Lily La, shares how online tutoring has been integrated into the charity’s long-term operations, and how it has supported the disadvantaged pupils they work with to learn from home.
Whatever training route is chosen, it needs trainees. A lack of graduates willing to become teachers has posed a threat to children’s education over the past few years and has become an important issue for the school sector. John Howson looks at teacher training, supply and retention in a post-Covid world.*
School closures and the widespread need for homeschooling brought about a newfound appreciation for the people who do the job day in, day out. But did it change parents’ ideas about why children should go to school? Parent Ping has been asking just that.
Charlotte al-Qadi has spent over 15 years working in educational publishing for the MENA market. Whilst language from publishers in recent years has become less negative when briefing educational content for the region, there still remains an air of reluctance to think about cultural sensitivities.
Thanks to Oxford University Careers and Santander UK’s internship scheme, our first intern joined Oriel Square this summer for an 8-week paid internship. Ben is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Oxford with a keen interest in education policy.
Ensuring that education objectives continue to be achieved both during and after the pandemic involves multiple stakeholders and diverse partnerships. With new educational needs arising, and the nature of roles changing for all involved, we turn again to the central question of accountability: how can we all work to ensure that children achieve their full learning potential?
The exams process is an emotionally charged experience for families and education professionals at the best of times, but 2020 really has to take the cake. Watching the drama play out, with a host of unexpected plot twists, has truly tested the nerves of all involved and led to terrible heartache for many.