Education insights: Aims to shrink the digital divide, returns to school and Black history in the curriculum

While Easter has brought a welcome break to many, educators continue to work to deliver the best to their students before summer arrives. This week’s education insights brings us a teacher combining maths and hockey, more demand for Black history on the curriculum and more desire to shrink the digital divide.

Sport and science? They’re a natural match for this creative teacher

Primary school teacher James Branch is finding unusual ways to combine his love for both sport and science. He describes using a school hall with a group of eight-year-olds and fill it with gym apparatus, but a PE lesson isn’t planned – it’s a science class! The equipment is being used to demonstrate how electrical circuits work. James talks through how rewarding it is to see his pupils achieve with the support of his teaching. Love the innovation!


Back to school: How pupils feel about returning to class

As millions of pupils in England return to school after lockdown, the BBC went to Chantry Academy - a secondary school in Ipswich - to find out how students were feeling about it all. A group of students share their thoughts about returning to school. It proves very insightful to hear some first-hand accounts from students on what they’ve found challenging about digital learning and what they’re looking forward to in the future.

Meet the hockey-playing teacher helping pupils shoot for maths success

Kiran Kaur Gill was all grown-up when she serendipitously fell in love with hockey. Now she uses it as a tool to build pupils’ confidence not only on the pitch – but in the classroom. Now a maths teacher at Holyhead school in Birmingham, she is hoping to inspire the next generation of hockey fans. Kiran wonderfully instills confidence and self-belief into the girls in her hockey class that she hopes the girls can bring into their maths lessons – a subject that many students fear.

Shrinking the digital divide in education

Although despite the recent return to in-class teaching, sadly the widening digital divide between disadvantaged children and their peers remains. Many students are now further behind in their studies than ever before – with threat looming for this lack of progress to significantly affect their future prospects unless a holistic approach is taken to address it.

Black history 'should be taught across all subjects in UK schools'

Calls are increasing to decolonise the narrative of British curriculum, rather than just the history syllabus, and to ensure black visibility in teaching. Citizenship teacher, Michelle, highlights the urgent responsibility to be inclusive for all students and that it must start with recognising that Black history is all of our history. We know education has such a pivotal role in teaching future generations about the UK’s shared history and hope to see it promote more equality, respect and inclusion stepping forward.

About the author

Craig Ritchie

Craig has a passion for empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and delivering campaigns with a social impact. He has a background in client-servicing and holds specialist knowledge of the STEM and Careers pathways. At Hopscotch, Craig works across Health Education England, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and DP World.

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