By Deborah Lawson, Assistant General Secretary, Community union (Voice Section)
As we come out of the pandemic, one message has sounded loud and clear: “Be kind.”
As Ofsted inspections resume, the government introduces new primary assessments, and we again prepare for exams, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing has changed – but maybe there is hope on the horizon and there are things we can learn from the past.
In March, Voice Community surveyed its members to understand more about their experiences during the pandemic and their hopes and fears for the future.
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- DfE: Teachers’ Standards, July 2011: www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards
- Education Support: Teacher Wellbeing Index, November 2020: www.educationsupport.org.uk/about/research/teacher-wellbeing-index
- SecEd: A workload audit: Thirty key questions for your school, May 2017: https://bit.ly/3F4oqBm