Primary Schools reopen their doors this week for some year groups following 10 weeks of closure. There's less sign of colleges and Universities doing the same as yet.

Cambridge University already confirmed that lectures for the next academic year will all be online due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the risk of a second peak this winter has educational institutions globally braced for further closures over the coming months or even longer.

The academic impact of educational institutions being closed is obvious. Exams are already cancelled this academic year and less face time with teachers could leave some students struggling to meet their learning objectives for the academic year. But the potential costs of this actually go far further than mere academic ones.

Sport and Physical Activity

For some students, the majority of their physical activity comes through their school or college.

Couple that with sports across the board having been off and people having to secure their entertainment indoors and we’re likely to see less physical activity and more screen time. Entertainment is increasingly likely to take the form of video games and TV.

playing football video games

It’s unknown what the likely impact on health might be. But with an obesity crisis already costing our healthcare system heavily, this is one area that could be a real damaging one for the health of young people.

Emotional Wellbeing and Socialising

Lockdown is tough. Family relationships can become strained and any tensions previously there are likely to be magnified in an environment where everyone is home for extended periods of time.

Couple that with the fact people are unable to visit friends or enjoy the social gatherings they may have had and not seeing friends and teaching staff on a day to day basis in their education setting actually becomes a bigger deal.

It has been well publicised that those classed as vulnerable face risks while schools are closed. But actually, the emotional wellbeing of students across all year groups and from all backgrounds could be affected by Coronavirus.

Higher Education Uptake

One as yet unknown is what the long term impact will be on education. One hypothesis is that as universities appear to shift towards less face to face interaction and further Coronavirus peaks threaten in person education, fewer students may seek to take up higher education places in the coming years.

Education on the Whole

Coronavirus is the biggest disruption to education since World War II. For teaching staff and students of all ages, this has been an astronomical event that has suspended education as we know it for a lengthy period.

Advertisement

With the threat of Coronavirus looming over the long term and no guarantees of a vaccine, social distancing measures are likely to be required for some time yet, altogether changing how some institutions will interact with their students.

We cannot be sure what the impact of this will be or whether we’ll even see long term positive/negative change . But this monumental pandemic is likely to be something we look back on for many years to come and point to as the reason for long term changes within schools, colleges, universities and how we teach on the whole.

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page