Education has had to adapt quickly and creatively since the first lockdown in March 2020, when all schools closed apart from serving the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. Homeworking for many parents and carers has become the norm and over time schools have drawn on significant government investment and their own resources to provide a meaningful learning experience using devices and internet access as part of the education programmes. Observers have made clear that the country has progressed 5 times faster than the pre-pandemic rate of digital working and learning. Things will never be the same again. It is worth noting, however, that there remain millions of disadvantaged pupils and students without a viable home learning system either due to having no device or suitable broadband access. This is unfortunately still the case in Blackpool.
Personal reflection on the most recent Blackpool Education Improvement Board (BEIB) Meeting on 1 July 2021
As the independent chair of the BEIB I committed to sharing more widely its work and keeping those in the town’s schools up to date with its actions and decisions.