Lessons from Lockdown

Over the months ahead, we’ll be using this dedicated Transform Education page to host a discussion about the future of education and training across all phases and contexts. post Covid-19.

From pre-school to university, across apprenticeship and professional development programmes, and in the spheres of adult and community education and lifelong learning, we want to hear your views on how ideas and strategies developed during the lockdown are likely to become embedded in our day-to-day educational values and practice after the virus has passed.

In short, how might the experience of Covid-19 and the associated lockdown drive change in our schools, colleges and universities,  in childcare and adult education settings, in pupil referral units, alternative provision and special education, and in training and development programmes, and how can professionals, learners and other stakeholders in these settings own these changes and help to shape them?

To this end, please give us your feedback on the pieces that are posted, and contact us if you’d like to join the debate by offering a post yourself. We’re happy to re-post blogs first published elsewhere, provided that we have permission to do so. In particular, we’re keen to capture the voices of professionals, practitioners and service users – those so often ignored in policy debates.

And watch out for the launch of a series of similar pages exploring how the lessons of lockdown might inform and transform practice in other areas of public life, including work, health and social care, and leisure. There are few positives to draw from the kind of pandemic that we are currently experiencing but maybe, just maybe, harnessing the lessons from lockdown for future generations is one such positive, and an opportunity that we have a responsibility to grasp.

A series of blogs on education, post Covid-19



Should I stay or should I go?

In this Transform Education launch blog, Tony Breslin explores the vexed question of 're-opening' schools as lockdown is eased, against a backdrop in which "you can't switch on and switch off fear like a tap", be that the fear of parents, pupils or teachers. At the time of posting, policymakers are still seeking a partial opening of schools from June 1st. By the time you read this, the reality may have changed!


Time for educational researchers to take their place in the sun?

In his fourth Caronavirus blog, originally published by the British Educational Research Association, BERA member and independent researcher Tony Breslin argues that we must use educational research to capture and curate the lessons of lockdown, if we are to build the educational system that we will need, post-COVID-19.


Lessons from Lockdown: education beyond Covid-19

In this extended essay, originally commissioned by the RSA and published on Medium, Tony Breslin argues that the system-shock delivered by COVID-19 must be seized as a driver of educational change. The essay forms part of a series of events, long reads and podcasts in the 'Building Bridges to the Future' series. Together, they explore how society’s response to the Covid-19 crisis could prefigure a better world.


Governance during lockdown: can we go governance-light without going governance-free?

In the second of his COVID-19 Blogs, Tony Breslin explores the nature of school governance during the lockdown and poses the question "Can we go Governance-light without going Governance-free?" He also speculates on how governance, and schooling itself, might change as a result of the virus, and calls on governors to play their part in these changes.

Tony Breslin Speaking

COVID-19: Why our schools will never be the same again

In his first blog on the social impact of COVID-19, Tony Breslin argues that the impact on our schools will be long-term and wide-reaching, and that, terrible as the virus is, it might just force us to rethink the way that we 'do' schooling, and the rationale for a range of approaches to education that we have long taken for granted.