COVID-19 and schools

More help needed for vulnerable learners in the age of COVID-19 school closures

By Catherine Drane, Lynette Vernon and Sarah O’Shea

During lockdowns due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, school closures were hotly debated. Complete school closures were perceived

TikTok teachers go viral in these #COVID-19 times

By Catherine Hartung, Natalie Hendry and Rosie Welch

TikTok is one of the world’s fastest growing apps, with an estimated two billion total downloads since its

Pandemic Collection: Reflections on inequities amplified by the COVID-19 global crisis

By Amy McKernan, Nicky Dulfer, Jessica Gerrard, Ligia (Licho) López López, Sophie Rudolph, Rhonda Di Biase, Bonita Cabiles and Michelle Cafini

The pieces in this collection are our reflections on the ongoing inequities in education that have been amplified

The shock of dealing with Covid-19 has made teachers even stronger and better at their craft

By Pat Norman

Cast your mind back to the end of the first school term for 2020: Australian states and territories were rapidly moving into lockdown because of COVID-19. Political leaders were signaling – often using mixed signals – the likelihood and need to close schools and transition to distance learning. Here in New South Wales schools switched

How teaching online during COVID-19 lockdown made me think deeply about how physical presence matters

By Penny Vlies

There’s a general feeling among teachers of pride and relief that we got through the recent few months when were teaching online. And at the moment, all of us are feeling for our school teacher colleagues in Melbourne who face returning to the challenges of teaching remotely again in just a week with their city

Speculating on teacher attrition in Australia: Might COVID-19 be ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’?

By Stephanie Garoni and Jo Lampert

It is worth considering the potential impact COVID-19 might have on teachers, many already feeling devalued and over-worked,

Will mass schooling-at-home lead to the death of schools?

By Julian Sefton-Green

All over the country families are trying to cope with the consequences of helping educate their children at home. The immediate short-term problems are trying to keep children engaged in learning activities provided by teachers, but already medium-term challenges are casting terrifying shadows. Centre-stage is the inequality around digital access which affects all of us

Messages from teachers at the coalface as COVID-19 changes everything

By Christine Cunningham

I am a university teacher and researcher who studies the art and science of good school leadership. Most

COVID-19 and school closures – what the research says we should be doing

By Rachel Wilson

Schools in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will go pupil free from Monday, taking only children of essential workers. I have been having a close look at the available research and evidence on school closures and the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am wondering why there is no urgent national call to close all Australian