All work and no play? Why children need play during Covid-19

By Dr Anita Soni, Academic and professional tutor, School of Education, University of Birmingham and Oliver Wilson, Head Teacher, Woodhouse Primary School (and University of Birmingham ITE alumnus). “For younger children, it is essential that families don’t ignore play, but actively encourage it. While older children can usually socialise online with their friends, via a … Continue reading “All work and no play? Why children need play during Covid-19”

Under pressure: Children and Young People’s Mental Health, the hidden impacts of COVID-19

By Dr Gemma McKenna, Health Services Management Fellow  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham   Originally posted as a blog piece for The Voice of UK Health Services Research (HSR UK). On the 18th March 2020, schools across the UK closed their doors. Children said goodbye to their teachers and friends, some for the … Continue reading “Under pressure: Children and Young People’s Mental Health, the hidden impacts of COVID-19”

Constructing a new reality: leadership lessons from other times of crisis

By Dr Madeleine Findon, Lecturer in Educational Leadership  School of Education, University of Birmingham “…society must ensure that educational leaders are supported to be crisis-responsive by providing the preparation, resources and support they need to ensure their settings survive, then thrive as we construct the new reality together.” The longer the lockdown lasts, the further … Continue reading “Constructing a new reality: leadership lessons from other times of crisis”

Character in a time of crisis

By Benjamin Miller, Research Fellow Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham “For many teachers, the coronavirus crisis has been a reminder that a holistic education can encompass both the formation of character and the very best academic standards.” The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is kindness. Throughout the week, … Continue reading “Character in a time of crisis”

Re-opening Schools– why I think it is too much of a risk to all

By Colin Diamond CBE, Professor of Education Leadership School of Education, University of Birmingham “The best school leaders will want to do the right thing: balancing the needs of children and the well-being of staff in the full knowledge of how their local community is faring under lockdown.” This week the narrative to get our … Continue reading “Re-opening Schools– why I think it is too much of a risk to all”

Re-opening English Primary Schools Safely from 1st June: mission impossible?

By Colin Diamond CBE, Professor of Education Leadership School of Education, University of Birmingham “Common sense tells us that maintaining a socially distanced classroom with five and six year olds is all but impossible.” So what do we know now in the light of the latest news on easing the lockdown? Primary schools in England … Continue reading “Re-opening English Primary Schools Safely from 1st June: mission impossible?”

How can parents help autistic children to reduce anxiety during isolation?

By Professor Karen Guldberg, Director of the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER)  School of Education, University of Birmingham “In this new reality, it is crucial to find ways to support autistic children to reduce their anxiety. Without making this a priority, learning will be seriously compromised and mental health will suffer.” Originally posted … Continue reading “How can parents help autistic children to reduce anxiety during isolation?”

Escape the room, take the facts!

By Chris Roche, Senior Research Partner of the Developmental Leadership Program School of Government, University of Birmingham Back in June 2019, the DLP team participated in a team-building exercise in Birmingham – an escape room in which the team had to escape the Lab. After we had successfully saved the world, we wondered if we … Continue reading “Escape the room, take the facts!”

Generation Equality: The changing experience of women

By Professor Jane Martin, Director of Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education, Executive Editor of Educational Review School of Education, University of Birmingham On the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for the empowerment of girls and women everywhere, the theme for International Women’s Day for 2020 is … Continue reading “Generation Equality: The changing experience of women”

The results are in for adult education

By Steve Gulati, Senior Lecturer in Health Services Management Centre  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham It’s that time of year again – lots of media chatter about A-Level and GCSE results. For some, the beginning of an exciting journey and a significant life event. But, what of those who find their academic voice … Continue reading “The results are in for adult education”