Festival News: Looking ahead to an expanded third week of the COVID Recovery Festival

Published: 14 September 2020
Week three of the COVID Recovery Festival includes three additional sessions plus the eagerly anticipated input from Sir David Carter.

The third week of the festival kicks off with one its most eagerly anticiapted sesssions as Sir David Carter explores the issues for leaders at this challenging time. It also contains a session from Huntington Research School who will unpack the recently published EEF Guide to School Planning. The rest of the week is devoted to the currciulum with inputs from the English Hub on early reading and phonics, Create Sheffield on creativity in the curricululm and the Science Hub on the role of STEM subjects.


·         What are the issues for leaders?

– Sir David Carter (Tuesday 15 September at 10:00am)

Sir David is a former National Schools Commissioner and school leader who is widely respected across the education sector. He will talk to us next week about the issues that he feels are confronting school leaders at this unique and challenging time. Sir David will be working closely with Learn Sheffield in the year ahead, both in support of leadership development programmes and also as an advisor to the Learn Sheffield board. He will return at the end of the festival to discuss and debate the key areas for us to focus on in the year ahead.


  •  Early reading & phonics: classroom delivery and remote learning     Wednesday 16th September at 2:00pm

Andrew Truby and Lucy McKerrow from the English Hub and Learning Unlimited TSA will consider approaches to early reading and phonics in the light of COVID restrictions and the context of a recovery curriculum. This will include considering classroom delivery and remote learning when pupils are not able to be in school.


  • The EEF guide to supporting school planning - an overview     Thursday 17th September at 10:00am


Julie Kettlewell is Assistant Director of Huntington Research School and will lead this session reviewing the EEF guidance around planning in the context of COVID. Using the recently published EEF guide to supporting school planning she will explore how research can support our decision making. 


  • How your local Science Hub can support your COVID recovery planning      Friday 18th September at 12:00pm


Tim Clark and Jenni Monnach from the Science Learning Partnership at Hallam TSA will discuss how our local science hub and the STEM network can support COVID recovery in science across both primary and secondary.  


·         The role of creativity in COVID recovery – Sophie Hunter (Friday 18 September at 2:00pm)

Sophie Hunter is the Programme Mead for Create Sheffield and will explore, with the help of some guests, the role that creativity can play in a COVID recovery curriculum. Create Sheffield is our local cultural education partnership and seeks to support schools and practitioners to overcome barriers to bring arts and culture to young people.  


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