Shaun Allen became a teacher for one simple reason, “to make a positive change in children’s lives in order to influence them to become good human beings.” To achieve this, he strives to get to know all his students and their families on a personal level.
Allen has been a teacher for over four years, and at Tittensor First School, Staffordshire, he has made an effort to become a positive role model for children in the community.
But due to the COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing restrictions, schools had to undergo huge changes in its way of teaching. Allen has struggled to fully engage with his students.
He’s not alone, many teachers who submitted their thoughts anonymously to Durham University’s “Teachers’ wellbeing and workload during COVID-19 lockdown” (June 2020) survey, said that they felt frustrated or unfulfilled through teaching online.
“Working from a laptop is not only physically difficult, but feels unrewarding,” one teacher stated in the survey.