Helping Pupils with the Challenges of Post-Lockdown Learning
The many months out of the classroom, away from teachers and friends, has affected pupils in so many different ways. We have been working with a group of primary schools in the South East to help them, help their pupils with the challenges of post lock-down learning.
For many children, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected not only their direct learning and academic levels, but also their self-confidence, their social development and their health and well-being. Children have missed out on all of the wider school & life experiences that help them develop socially as well as academically, and this is none more so than for younger children in the formative years of their school life.
Whilst we have been working hard both in the UK and overseas to support children and education projects throughout the global lockdown, more recently we have been talking to our primary school partners in Brighton & Hove about their needs as the children return to the classroom.
The story has been similar across the schools, with teachers identifying children who are behind in their basic literacy skills, students whose wellbeing has been severely affected by the impacts of Covid-19 in the family home with food, clothing and welfare issues, children who have been isolated during critical times in their development who have returned to school with low levels of confidence and difficulties engaging and socialising….the list goes on. Schools are also facing practical challenges of providing enough space and resources to meet Covid safe working and classroom practices.
Through our Covid primary school funding programme we have been able to offer help and support to these schools to enable them to put in place programmes and interventions that will address some of the issues they are facing, in turn helping pupils who have been most affected by the pandemic.
We have provided grants to seven local schools funding a range of interventions from literacy programmes, and specialist teacher support, to additional targeted reading resources and year group enrichment activities, as well as emergency welfare funds and therapy support workers. Funding of these programmes runs through to the summer of 2022; we hope that this longer-term support will allow sustained interventions to maximise impact on those children most in need.