The recent COVID-19 pandemic shook the education system on many levels; however, one of the most significant cracks exposed was schools’ lack of organizational structure. While it is true that each individual staff member knows their position and who they report to, in the sense of an organizational chart, what was lacking was a directive on how educators should support each other and plan collaboratively when delivering remote learning lessons. As a result, what you had was a situation in which learning support became ineffective, or in some cases non-existent, and specialists that were left out of the loop as mainstream teachers retreated into their own personal bubbles to figure things out. In the end, it was the learners who suffered as lessons from individual teachers became disconnected and much-needed support may have been minimized or disappeared altogether.
While we can’t change past outcomes, is there anything that schools could do to avoid a similar situation in the future? Absolutely, and the answer lies within each school creating their own Educational Framework and accompanying planners, which would serve as a foundation and illustrate how each subject area teacher connects to another. In creating such a system, each staff member would know who they need to collaborate with and would have the planning tools in place to do so – whether working at school or remotely, thus avoiding a future scenario in which learning support is left out and specialists are left in the dark. The following articles explain Educational Frameworks in further detail and provide concrete examples of how they work at a school.
What is an Educational Framework?
A Vision vs. an Educational Framework
The Tool Successful Companies Use That Schools Need
Designing an Educational Framework
Key Considerations When Preparing for an Educational Framework
The Transdisciplinary Framework
The Early Years Framework
Should your school be interested in developing an Educational Framework, contact us – we would be happy to help!