Covid-19 (coronavirus) webinars

 

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 Last updated: 17:00 on Tuesday 26 May 2020

Covid-19 (coronavirus) webinars for UK ELT

With the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic causing global concern, we are running regular Q&As and organising webinars to support members in all aspects of ELT, from emergency planning and HR to teaching online and student welfare.


Covid-19 concerns: an update and Q&A with English UK

Friday 29 May, 11:00 - 12:00 | The English UK team

This webinar will be a forum for members to ask the English UK senior leadership team any questions they have about the current coronavirus outbreak and related issues.

Jodie Gray is English UK's interim chief executive and will be joined by another member of the English UK senior leadership team.


Covid Secure - reopening with confidence

Tuesday 2 June, 11:00 - 12:00 | Kevin O'Donnell and Huan Japes

This member-only webinar will introduce you to English UK's 'Covid Secure  - a guide for ELT providers in the United Kingdom' document and associated risk assessment template. The session and the documents together aim to give you the confidence to plan your school re-openings to keep your students and staff safe, mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on your business and providing reassurance to the wider community. He will discuss key issues such as whether to require face coverings, how to manage groups using a 'bubble' approach, how to involve and reassure staff and how procedures and timings will vary across the four nations of the UK. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Kevin O'Donnell is a safeguarding expert with experience of emergency and crisis management and other subjects.


Manage what you can, release what you cannot: Simple ways to free your mind of all the clutter


Tuesday 2 June, 15:00 – 16:00 | Christina Furtado, Guard.meCARES



During this unique time, you may have thoughts that you would rather not have, such as persistent worries, little grumbles, or recurring concerns that just don't go away. And perhaps the more you try to free your mind from these thoughts, the more persistent they become. This webinar will explore some helpful, actionable tips you can use to remove the clutter, allowing for clarity and to help you regain control of your overall mental well-being. 



Christina Furtado is a Mental Health Counsellor in Canada with clinical experience in outpatient mental health programmes, and over 20 years of experience within the educational sector. Christina works with guard.meCARES as a Mental Health and Wellness Specialist, to fulfil their ongoing commitment to each individual's mental health, while working to promote positive well-being and to break down the barriers and stigma around mental health.


Linguaskill: Online English language testing, with accurate results


Wednesday 3 June, 15:00 – 16:00 | Ian Cawley, Cambridge Assessment English



Linguaskill is a flexible online test developed for institutional use by Cambridge Assessment English. Linguaskill provides a secure, reliable, fast and accurate way to measure students' language ability for study purposes, whether at your premises or theirs, anywhere in the world. Join this webinar to discover how you could use the power of Linguaskill to reliably test candidates' English, protect standards and enable academic success for your international cohorts.



Ian Cawley is Global Product Manager at Cambridge Assessment English. He has been involved in English language teaching for 25 years in a variety of teaching, examining and management roles and is currently an assessment specialist in online testing.


Covid-19 concerns: an update and Q&A with English UK

Friday 5 June, 11:00 - 12:00 | The English UK team

This webinar will be a forum for members to ask the English UK senior leadership team any questions they have about the current coronavirus outbreak and related issues.

Jodie Gray is English UK's interim chief executive and will be joined by another member of the English UK senior leadership team.


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Recordings of past webinars

Closing plenary of English UK Members' Conference

  • Panel discussion: What does the future hold for UK ELT? (Wednesday 13 May) 
    A panel discussion to close the English UK Members' Conference on the future of UK ELT. Panel includes: Jodie Gray, interim chief executive of English UK, as chair; Dr Anthony Manning is dean of internationalisation for Kent University, who has a long history of EAP and Pathways expertise; Emma Meredith, international director for the Association of Colleges, with extensive experience in international education planning and policy; and Samuel Vetrak, CEO of Bonard, with over 20 years' experience advising governments, destinations, education providers and student housing investors.

Webinars on the online classroom


Webinars on moving your school online

  • Supporting teachers in the online classroom (Wednesday 8 April)
    Chris Farrell looks at the key considerations and potential tools available in order to support your teachers as they enter into the world of Online Learning, as well as issues to consider when moving the management apparatus of your school online. 

  • An online exam solution to complement online courses (Tuesday 7 April)
    Andy Harrison of LanguageCert covers their innovative online proctored exams, how they can be securely delivered in students' homes, and how institutions can benefit as a result.

  • Working from home effectively for managers and other ELT professionals (Thursday 2 April)
    George Pickering's webinar on working from home covered the topics: sustaining a positive mindset, setting up your 'home office' and technology, structuring your time, remaining focused and productive, setting boundaries, staying healthy and avoiding isolation and burn out.

  • Covid-19: Online teaching with a long-term mindset (Monday 30 March)
    Dan Thompson looks at the considerations made for materials development outside the teacher's room, methods for teachers to build rapport with their students, and ways of keeping up morale for teachers during periods of isolation.

  • Moving your centre online: keeping the spirit alive (Monday 30 March)
    Alex Asher and Thom Jones provide practical steps tips, advice and a wide range of ideas for any school to implement keep the spirit of a school alive, with social programmes, staff and student interaction, and more.
 

Webinars on HR and staffing


 

Webinars on student wellbeing

 

Webinars on business planning

  • ELT sector update from Department for International Trade (Monday 4 May)
    Mark Henebury, DIT, joined us for an update on DIT and other government department activity during this crisis. 

  • Legal update and Q&A with Travlaw (Thursday 30 April)
    Matt Gatenby gives expert input on contractual arrangements, refunds, postponements and rules and obligations with your stakeholders

  • Legal update and Q&A with Travlaw (Thursday 9 April)
    Matt Gatenby and Stephen Mason of TravLaw provide expert input on contractual arrangements, refunds, postponements and rules and obligations with your stakeholders.

  • Legal & employment update delivered by TravLaw (Wednesday 1 April) 
    Matt Gatenby, Ami Naru and Emma Shakespeare of TravLaw give an update be covering customer and supplier refunds, the package travel directive and employment rights linked to the Government's latest announcement on COVID-19.

  • Updates on the enhanced financial assistance to business (Tuesday 31 March)
    Jonathan Wall, Managing Director of Elman Wall, delivers an update on and overview of the financial assistance packages offered to businesses by the UK Government in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Emergency Business Response Q&A (Thursday 26 March)
    A Q&A session with Andrew Fisher and Brian McMurray to give English UK members advice and ideas, and discuss your questions and concerns about how to deal with the continued pressure of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Emergency business response panel (Wednesday 18 March)
    Two professionals with decades of experience in ELT and finance sectors answer member concerns and questions about how best to act during this crisis.
 

Q&A's with English UK

In such a rapidly changing situation, we are running regular update and Q&A webinars where English UK members can ask questions about their concerns relating to the pandemic.

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