To mark the International Day of Education, Léargas Communications Officer Niamh McClelland, highlights the supports and resources available to anyone who has made a return to remote teaching and distance learning in 2021.
By late February, the virus had reached Irish shores, with cases confirmed in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. Less than two weeks later in mid-March, schools around the country closed their doors and students were sent home for two weeks in an effort to contain the virus.
It's been just over 12 months since the world was first notified of the existence of Covid-19. Here in Ireland, we watched from afar as cases of the virus multiplied in countries around the globe.
As the educational landscape continues to change, so too do the needs of students, parents and teachers. Methods which were new and exciting in March of last year might fall a little short ten months on. Approaches that weren't considered in 2020 might now seem vital.Each student, parent and educator is different, and so too are their requirements. As such, the Department of Education has provided an extensive list of supports and resources which are available to all students; primary and post-primary parents and carers; and all primary and post-primary school staff. You may already be familiar with some, but there is plenty to revisit or explore. Some of these are highlighted below, and you can see the full list on the gov.ie website.