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Explore the themes below to find out more about how others in the education sector are dealing with the challenges of Covid-19.
Covid-19 has stretched schools in ways no one could have anticipated. And with no precedent on which to base a way forward, many principals and teachers are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.
Leading in a
Context of Anxiety
Pandemics are often defined by fear and anxiety. When it comes to education, principals, teachers, parents and learners all experience their own unique set of constantly changing anxieties.
Learning from the Science to Make Sure Schools are Safe
In order for learners to go back to school safely, schools need to follow standard operating procedures that are in line with the latest scientific information available on Covid-19.
Keeping Schools Safe for Teachers with Comorbidities
School leaders are battling to deal with the ways in which Covid-19 is affecting teachers’ attendance, especially teachers who have comorbidities or need to quarantine or self-isolate.
Leadership and Managing Challenges in Implementing SOPs
Managing and enforcing standard operating procedures has put a huge burden on school leaders who are already struggling under the strain the pandemic has placed on them.
Leadership Challenges in Managing Timetabling
The Department of Basic Education’s suggestion that class sizes be reduced by 50% to ensure social distancing has serious timetabling implications.
School leaders have found it very difficult to manage learner attendance during Covid-19. In many instances, families are concerned about increasing the risk of exposure.
It’s simply not possible to teach everything that was planned for 2020. Teachers have had to adjust their planning and assessment processes significantly.
Many schools have been limited to having only half of their learners on site at a time. This means that almost all learners have to learn at home at one point or another.
Education Leaders Responding to Special Education Needs
The scope and depth of the challenges schools for learners with special educational needs have faced during Covid-19 has been even greater than those faced by mainstream schools.