Living With Covid. What Does It Mean For FE?
The news of the plan for ‘living with COVID’ was revealed last week by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. What does this exactly mean? Well the plan outlines that we have to learn to live with COVID. The restrictions that were in place were removed and removing mandatory self isolation.
What does this mean for Assessors and the Further Education sector?
What It Means For FE?
Along with the removal of restrictions, the Prime Minister has decided to remove the need for staff and students to take COVID tests weekly. This could potentially disrupt the education system even more. We all want COVID to finally end but that doesn’t mean that it will automatically. We want to get back to assessing learners in their work environment and their classroom, but with removing the COVID testing, it could potentially increase absences.
Another concern is for the vulnerable staff and students. It could mean an increase of anxiety for these vulnerable people. We want everyone back in the classrooms for as long as possible. The need for assessors to get back into the work environment is really strong as well. The plan has the opportunity to have a massive impact on schools, collages and universities. The education department now needs clear and straight forward advice and guidance when it comes to this plan, as to not create a larger situation, it can’t be managed on an individual basis, we need clear outlines from the public health sector as well.
It’s not all doom and gloom though! This could be the positive move forward that we need to be getting back to a sense of normalcy. Everyone has missed out on something, but the education sector has missed out on a lot. Not having consistent plans for getting back into the classroom, students have missed out on teaching. Now getting back into the classroom and the way we teach has changed. We know the skills to utilise distance learning in our classroom if needed, having to use technology more than ever makes you more likely to use it in your own lessons. Why shouldn’t you utilise the technology you’ve had to use throughout the pandemic?!
What It Means For Assessors?
Becoming an assessor is a great way to make your work life more flexible and free up time for your home life. So what does the living with COVID plan mean for assessors? If you’re a freelance assessor it might not mean much! Being able to still work from home or on a part-time basis, it might change a small amount, or not at all! If you were working from home then you could be asked to go back into the office and start working face to face again. Or hybrid working could come into effect. You may be asking yourself what is hybrid working? Well in short it is the mix between home working and in office working.
How We Can Help You?
With the sense of normalcy coming back, there will be an influx of new jobs. Even at this time, where things aren’t clear. It also seems like things won’t change much even with the new plan that has been outlined. If becoming an assessor or working within the further education system seems like it’s a right fit for you, you can look at our courses! Or if you have any questions you can give our team a ring on 01205 805 155.