Dominic Herrington

Reflections on COVID

When the history of this period of education is written, one of the things that will certainly stand out is the response of our school system to an unparalleled and incredibly variable seismic set of events. The pandemic has challenged school systems around the world and continues to do so on a daily basis. What has been at the heart of this response, and what are some of the current challenges our system faces?

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