Studying in the time of a pandemic This post explores how the current public health pandemic brought with it, mixed blessings and a unique opportunity for two Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) students as they developed a new way of working. For Gemma, it coincided with a major life change of migrating to Canada with […]
In this blog post, Dr Julia Everitt discusses her school co-ordinator background and thesis, which explored the professionals and agencies involved in four schools. She reports on her analysis of the tools used to support schools, audit current partners and identify provision gaps. The aim was to enhance community schooling initiatives, but the last decade […]
With the difficulties we are currently facing in education as a result of the global pandemic, issues of mental health and supporting learners through difficult times has taken on a new significance. In this post from our guest author Chloe Casey, perspectives are provided on the difficulties with measuring student wellbeing. Drawn from her doctoral research, the post highlights concerns regarding inconsistent approaches to measurement; and highlights a call for greater levels of validity and reliability, to improve comparable evidence for action.
In our next guest blog post, Rob Walker provides reflections regarding his experiences of completing an undergraduate degree during national lockdown. With the post starting with comparisons to dystopian societies; it then shifts to considering well-being and no detriment policies implemented by universities. Given that this no detriment policy has had a ‘profoundly stressful’ effect […]
Within this guest blog post, Marianne Mannello from Play Wales emphasises the importance of giving children the permission, space and time to play in order to deal with uncertainty and challenge. Detail is provided on the research and advocation work that Play Wales participates in alongside its partners; and highlights how organisations are now calling […]
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot seem to escape messages about building resilience, which have been developing for some time now. In this first blog post from Richard Sanders, BESA Executive Committee Member and Web Site Lead, discourses of resilience are critically considered and questioned. Given that these discourses can be underpinned by an alignment […]