As parents across England prepare to send their children back to school, over 40% have said they feel anxious about the return. In-school teaching has been eagerly awaited by the majority of parents but many admit they can't help but have some reservations. Wellbeing expert and teacher Beth Kerr said: "Many parents have told me they are looking forward to their children going back to
Recently, the World Economic Forum set out that:
We need to teach what machines cannot do, but we do need to teach the following skills:
1. problem solving
2. critical thinking
4. people management
5. coordinating others
6. Emotional Intelligence
10. cognitive flexibility
In the past year we have become reliant users of technology and have much to be grateful for. What would we have done without the internet, Teams and Zoom?
Now that we have the excitement of children back in school from 8th March, we all need to seize the opportunities above, developing real-life skills interlinked with core knowledge.
So, some families around the country will be saying, “phew, the children are back at school.” Many teachers around the country will be glad to escape from their screens and get back into the classroom to return to ‘normal.’ Many pupils will be delighted to get back to the structure of school, see their friends and just be at school, more than a physical place, but a place and time in their lives.
This is a moment of opportunity, to take what has worked online, look at what has been missed during lockdown and be creative, dynamic and inspiring.
The long-term impact on children of the last year is hard to determine, but together we can all ensure that Clifton pupils seize the day and take ownership of their destiny.
Today, I talked in assembly about “What is the point of school?” I believe that we have to look at three areas; knowledge, skills and people. We looked at the quote by William Butler Yeats, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I truly believe that inspired, self-aware and emotionally intelligent children will be much more capable of reaching their academic potential. So, we dug down into our six virtues; love, fortitude, justice, integrity, wisdom and self-control which covers these three areas so admirably. Specifically, we look at four targets; challenge, getting things wrong, long-term memory and growth mindset.
Reviewing potential schools for your child can be an arduous task, you want to make sure that the environment promotes academic excellence but that your child’s emotional and social needs are also being catered for to the highest standards. Considering all the options available is the best place to start. If you and your child's aspirations include attending a top senior school, then you should include Clifton Lodge in your shortlist.