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EdTech Insights: December briefing
In our EdTech Insights series, we will bring you articles and interviews from the front-lines of funders, entrepreneurs and leaders working to improve education. We’ll be talking all things EdTech – from investment and transaction trends to what works in content, policy and innovation, through to who’s who.
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Teacher training: Putting the past behind us
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.*
What’s the purpose of school?
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.
Embracing cultural contexts in the Middle East and North Africa
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.
Internship diary: Going remote with Oriel Square
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.
Series launch: EdTech Insights from Oriel Square and EdTech Publik
EdTech Publik and Oriel Square are collaborating to bring the global education technology community closer together. We know that the fast-paced world of EdTech can be difficult to navigate and we want to help.
Engaging schools and communities to support children’s learning
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?
Edtech, educators and engagement: lockdown’s technological legacy
As schools return, Hannie Kirkham looks at the future of tech in (and out of) the classroom. What will teachers take forward from their experience with tech during lockdown? Will the legacy of edtech in Covid-19 help teacher workload, improve engagement, reduce the gap and absenteeism? Or will it be back to business as usual?
Exams 2020: What have we learnt?
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.
How to streamline your project management (free template)
Ever wondered how to save time when giving project updates to your team or manager? Or, are you looking for a way to roll a project update and meeting agenda into one concise document? Maybe you want a less formal way to document project risks... Our project bulletin template can help!
A-levels: 2021 and beyond
Education was already one of the stories of this strange, hot summer, doing well in an unusually crowded field; but the last week has pushed it to the top of the public agenda as rarely before. If the government has now done enough to contain the story as it affects GCSEs this week, we might […]
Highlights from CMC 2020: Diversity in children’s media, education and publishing
In this blog mini-series, Hannie gives her top takeaways from the Children’s Media Conference, including insights from the BBC, Black Lives Matter, Changemakers, Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, and the Moomins.
Highlights from CMC 2020: Storytelling and creativity are as important as ever
In this blog mini-series, Hannie gives her top takeaways from the Children’s Media Conference, including insights from the BBC, Black Lives Matter, Changemakers, Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, and the Moomins.
Highlights from CMC 2020: Changemakers – listening to young people
In this blog mini-series, Hannie gives her top takeaways from the Children’s Media Conference, including insights from the BBC, Black Lives Matter, Changemakers, Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, and the Moomins.
Highlights from CMC 2020: Partnerships are key to quality education in Lockdown
In this blog mini-series, Hannie gives her top takeaways from the Children's Media Conference, including insights from the BBC, Black Lives Matter, Changemakers, Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, and the Moomins.
Five big questions for the new term
The government has released a huge amount of information for schools in recent weeks. Here, Steve Besley looks at five of the most recent to see what they mean.
Will emergency funding help close  the attainment gap?
Following the Department for Education's 'catch up' funding announcements, John considers how these months might widen the attainment gap; and asks whether emergency funding for schools addresses the problem.
Using agile principles to deliver a publishing project
In 2018, Amy was leading on the development of a brand new maths programme at a UK-based global education company. In this article, she explains how Oriel Square helped her use agile principles to develop, articulate and deploy new processes to deliver a key publishing project.
Online engagement and the human element
Oriel Square Director Sam Derby reflects on a rapid period of learning and development in the world of online training and facilitation.