Today marks the day the UK was supposed to sever ties with the EU. However, almost three years after we went to the polls, uncertainty still swirls around how Brexit will affect every market in the UK, including how Brexit will affect the education sector.
A major area of concern is education, which is already facing several ongoing battles, with teacher shortages, a major funding crisis and a lack of prospects for such a critical sector.
A shortfall in places
Following the government’s sluggish response to a rise in the UK’s birth rate post-millennium, one in four primary schools in the UK are full or have more pupils than they should.
If the UK loses EU funding, this will impact the situation further.
There is likely to be a knock-on effect in the secondary sector, however parents have more options on secondary education than they do at primary level.
However, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has warned that there will be an impact on the quality of education delivered in schools that are over capacity.
It has also suggested that there will be a need for 80,000 more places in secondary schools and 200,000 more places in the primary sector in the next three years.
Difficulties in recruiting home-grown teachers, means the Department for Education (DfE) has missed its own recruitment targets for the past five years.
Add to this the fall in applications to primary postgraduate teacher training courses – down 6.3% in March, compared with the previous year – and it’s clear to see that the government has major work to do to in both attracting and retaining new teachers.
With funding and recruitment at an all-time low and schools forced to close early, there’s little budget remaining for introducing new technologies to the classroom.
According to TES writer, Will Hazell, schools might soon be forced to rely on YouTube videos to teach some parts of their lessons, as a result of the recruitment crisis.
Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said schools might have to assume “we’ll never have enough teachers”, and re-design their lessons accordingly with technology.
Mr Barton suggested that some students “might learn better from seeing a 20 minute YouTube video” and then “working in groups” under supervision by a teacher assistant.
He added: “You just have to watch the way children are learning, and see that lots of children will learn differently, and very independently. It frees the teacher up to be able to work in different ways with other youngsters.”
Read our guide on using YouTube as a learning resource.
Education in 360
At Seymour & Lerhn, we’ve made it easy to find exciting and relevant learning content, with the introduction of our Education in 360 series.
More than 70% of YouTube watch time comes from mobile devices, which works perfectly with our content, as well as teaching younger pupils their way around technology.
Whether you’re using a tablet or mobile phone, you can swipe around our virtual reality (VR) tours and enjoy them just as much as you can on an interactive whiteboard or laptop.
Simply visit our Youtube channel, load any of our Education in 360 videos and off you go! Navigate round the video in 360 and explore from every angle, while our friendly mascots guide you through the lesson.
It’s yet to be seen how Brexit will affect the UK education sector, however we’re aiming to improve how education is delivered in the UK, whatever the affect of Brexit.