Festival News: COVID Recovery Festival Taking Shape!

Published: 23 August 2020
Learn Sheffield have designed a festival to promote professional dialogue and discussion about moving forward with COVID in a way that is accessible for school leaders and teachers at the start of term. The COVID Recovery Festival: Catching Up & Cracking On will be used to inform local planning for 2020/21 and beyond.

Learn Sheffield has organised a series of events throughout September to support the COVID recovery work that is happening across the city. All of the sessions in the festival will be held online and be available for participating schools to attend and also recorded so that colleagues can access the sessions whenever it is most convenient. We also hope that this will enable colleagues to use the content in their own leadership meetings and staff training.

More information about the programme has now been published (see below) but sessions vary from the big picture (e.g. Sir David Carter on leadership) to the very specific (e.g. the role of singing in the music curriculum). Session inputs may come from presenters or schools and academies sharing practice. Reflections will also be shared throughout the festival via blogs to summarise learning and panels to support the identification of future city work streams.

Find out more on the COVID Recovery Festival website and via all the usual Learn Sheffield communication channels.

The first batch of sessions have been published and include:

  • Director of Public Health, Greg Fell providing a timely update to kick off events.
  • Sir David Carter discussing issues for school leaders to consider.
  • Jenny Mosely talking about the role of empathy and listening in COVID recovery.
  • Healthy Minds lead Zoe Brownlie tackling mental health issues.
  • Marc Rowland discussing the widening disadvantaged gap.
  • David Bartram sharing the implications of COVID for leading SEND.      
  • A range of local partners addressing key topics ... including Create Sheffield, PESSPA Alliance & the Sheffield Music Hub.

More sessions will be added in the run up to the start of term and during September.


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