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Attain Podcast

Headmaster,Mr Pietrek joined Attain Magazine for their weekly podcast. This weeks topic about 'lost learning' during the pandemic.

Two prep school heads have expressed their concern at the narrative of 'lost learning' and argue it doesn't apply to the independent schools' sector, calling for a more positive dialogue for children.
Nick Pietrek of Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross and Bill Sawyer of Yarm Prep in North Yorkshire were speaking to Attain as part of the weekly Fresh Thinking podcast.

"You know, everybody is saying in the media about this 'lost learning' and, I have to say, I really don't buy into that at all," Nick Pietrek told Attain's Editor, Matthew Smith.
Mr Pietrek argues that the online delivery of lessons in independent schools has been very focused and that learning has taken place "without sometimes the other distractions that you might have in school". As a result, he argues, schools have "managed to probably get through more of the curriculum than you might have done typically", particularly with older children.

"Digital literacy has gone through the roof," Nick Pietrek believes. "I'm thinking that actually this generation, rather than being those who are losing out, are the ones who will be the entrepreneurs, the innovators in society..."
He feels that the role of schools now is to "build up that self-esteem" and "to help them to recognise what they have learnt rather than what they've missed out on".

Listen to the full pod cast here: