A guide to learning in a Covid-19 world - Supporting secondary-aged students into 2021

Supporting secondary aged students into 2021 COVER

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We know that Covid-19 has had a huge impact on you, your school and other schools across NZ. In 2020, you had to deal with new challenges and develop innovative ways to support your students.

Last year was tough and you had to go above and beyond to meet the needs of your students and whānau. With this being said, the impacts of Covid-19 are likely to still be felt this year – and ERO would like to help you to support your students during this difficult time.

To do this, we talked to a wide range of schools in 2020 to find out about the challenges they had to overcome in responding to Covid-19 and the lessons learnt in supporting school staff, students and whānau. From talking to everyone, we have produced an in-depth report on the impact of Covid-19 on schools and a report on supporting secondary school engagement. This short guide for school leaders and teachers in schools with secondary-aged students draws from the full reports to help you:

  • understand the impact of Covid-19 on students and teachers in schools with secondary-aged students
  • share strategies adopted by schools to respond to Covid-19
  • identify practical actions for you and your schools to consider to continue to support students, parents, whānau, and staff in a Covid-19 world.

We hope you find this short guide useful to reflect how far you have come in responding to Covid-19 and to provide you with some ideas about what you could do next to support your school in 2021.