With the UK’s third lockdown showing no signs of easing anytime soon, ongoing school closures have meant that, up and down the country, teachers have once again been assigned the difficult task of moving their syllabus online. And, with children now facing day after day staring blankly at a screen, away from the buzzing, interactive environment of the classroom, it’s no surprise that – for teachers and students alike – school is starting to feel a bit like Groundhog Day.
It’s official: Crown-fever has taken over! With this season chronicling the royal events of the 1980s, including the infamous Princess Diana years, it’s easy to see why the show has captivated audiences. Offering an unparalleled window into the royal family, who have long prided themselves on maintaining a “stiff upper lip”, The Crown takes us behind closed doors, revealing a more human side to the institution we all thought we knew so well.
Everyone remembers their first day at school; the ill-fitting uniform, the oversized rucksacks, the curious flutters of nerves mixed with excitement, the… face masks?
As the education system slowly adapts to the “new normal”, digital tech and virtual reality have become vital substitutes for in-person experiences – and school open days are no exception. But, understandably, many headteachers are left scratching their heads wondering how to channel the magic of their school through a laptop screen.