“No-one has been unaffected by this pandemic. The consequences for education, the economy, and public mental health, have been significant, alongside the devastating health implications. And while we have all been impacted, each and every story is unique. Existing inequalities have been exacerbated. Unimaginable challenge and difficulties have been, and continue to be, tackled.
“The turning of the new calendar page does not end this chapter, rather this period feels like a continuation of what has come before, 2020+1. However, the coming weeks are no longer unprecedented nor uncharted. We can move forward with experience, intelligence, and insight behind our decisions and deeds. Moreover, we carry the knowledge that we have already weathered a similar storm.
“Hopefully we will soon view this year as a standalone 2021. In the meantime, we must do all we can to lay the foundations of this new year with cautious optimism borne of the lessons we learned in 2020. The communities we formed and strengthened, alongside the innovation and collaboration we have catalysed in the past year, provide the impetus, working practices, and vision to move from simply a new normal to a better, stronger, kinder, deliberately evolving normal.
“As our team at The Wood Foundation returns from a festive break, refreshed and recharged, we are proactively and intelligently assessing the short, medium, and longer-term opportunities and challenges facing our activities, programmes, investments, partners, and stakeholders. We are preparing considered adaptations and thinking strategically about our role as an engaged and committed value-add partner.
“The majority of our work in the UK is focused within Scottish education. Identifying gaps in the current offering and working with international, national, and local partners to provide innovative opportunities to ensure our young people are receiving meaningful, relevant, and impactful learning experiences through empowered and motivated education practitioners.