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LESSONS FROM LOCKDOWN: Bushey resident publishes book on COVID and education

 Published on: 10th February 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Bushey resident Tony Breslin has published a timely book, Lessons from Lockdown, which explores the impact of COVID-19 on school systems and the reframing of education.

During his research, Tony, who is Chair of Governors for Bushey Primary Education Federation, spoke with over 100 pupils, parents and educational professionals locally and UK wide.

Tony told BusheyNews: “Lockdown provided me with the opportunity to produce a story on a really interesting period that needs to be told.

“Different children, schools and families have all experienced lockdown in different ways. I’ve been impressed with the creativity of teachers and the resilience and innovation of pupils.

“It’s easy to focus on the struggles, nobody would have chosen to experience the last year, but there are ways people have grown through it. We have all found strength we didn’t know we had.

“Some young people have developed excellent online learning skills. We might find in the future some of them have special strengths and advantages.

“What we will value much more richly going forward is the range of things that schools do to support the development of our children. I think we have come to recognise that while teaching our children is vital, schools have many other purposes, and young people use schools as a social space.

“What the book amounts to is a plea for us not just to dash back to where we were as quickly as possible, but actually ask the question, are there lessons that we can pick up from the last year that can inform how we do schooling in the future?”

Lessons from Lockdown is available from routledge.com/9780367639297

Readers can use the code BSB20 for a 20 per cent discount at checkout.

Picture credit Tony Breslin 

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