In this week’s podcast, Dale Pickles from B Squared is joined by Lana Grant to discuss what will, what should or what could education and the curriculum look like post lockdown.
Lana has a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome and is also a parent of children on the autistic spectrum. Lana is a specialist SEN advisor and an advocate for SEN children and their families. Lana’s first book “From Here To Maternity, pregnancy and motherhood on the Autism Spectrum” was published in 2015. Lana also contributes to various articles, podcasts and delivers talks at various shows and events.
COVID has changed many things and children have been out of formal education for many months. There is talk of catch-up lessons, extra homework etc but how does this look for our most vulnerable pupils?
Is it time for a new way of teaching and learning? Lana says the curriculum introduced in 2014 is not fit for purpose, particularly for our SEN/neurodiverse children. The future of schooling is uncertain in the current time with the pandemic still impacting our lives. We need to act now to ensure that we are not caught out as we were in March. We need a living curriculum that doesn’t measure success or failure based on, for example, a phonics test in Year 1.
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