Menindee Central School ran an at-home cooking challenge, Menindee Kitchen Rules, keeping students engaged and families supported at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Setting up school in your home during COVID-19 may result in a positive outcome.

While parents and carers became teachers and principals during the pandemic, schools and future education may be the real winners from the experience.

The NSW Education department is planning to collect examples of home learning to hopefully be used in future learning.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the innovations in education made by schools and teachers during home learning could help change education for the better.

Documenting the experiences and teaching methods, Ms Mitchell said would help develop new practices.

“The shift to learning from home was a challenge the entire system met successfully,” she said.

“Everyone from department staff, teachers, principals, parents and students had to adapt. All sorts of solutions to a range of challenges had to be found. I want to make sure that these innovations are recorded and, if appropriate, expanded.

“Great ideas around teaching practices, technology use and partnerships between families and schools blossomed during this time, and it would be a loss not to collect them.”

Teachers across the state from both government and non-government schools are being encouraged to share their innovative practices developed during COVID-19 by 15 July 2020.

Ideas can be submitted via the NSW Education website.

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