Our pupils have had a straightforward return to school due to the success of the remote learning programme they have received during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted that we regularly saw 100% of pupils engaging with online learning since January and were glad to score highly in the Department for Education’s Remote Learning Framework audit which was undertaken recently by staff.
The rapid switch to remote learning was achieved in part due to an investment in technology from the West Somerset Oopportunity Aarea (WSOA) which provided funding to mitigate against the internet connectivity challenges experienced by families living in rural villages such as Stogursey. By providing 28 laptops to local families (which represents nearly 1/3 of the school’s allocated pupil numbers), backed up with additional resources and on-going IT support from the our multi-academy trust partner, the Quantock Education Trust, we are all confident that lost learning due to lockdown has been minimized for our pupils.
“Knowing all our children could access digital home learning has given myself and my team confidence that the vast majority have been able to keep up their learning during the current lockdown. This investment in our local community, combined with the efforts of teachers to provide engaging and fun online lesson backed up with door-to-door deliveries of resources where and when required, combined with the amazing support of families, has made a massive contribution to maintaining the crucial development of vital skills for our young people," says Mr Tucker, Head of School.
During the first lockdown between March and June 2020, staff at the school became aware of the challenges being faced by many families and regularly delivered door to door the learning materials that pupils required if they could not access a digital device or were self-isolating and unable to collect resource packs.
The response from parents has been very positive with one mother saying, “The positivity, leadership and support shown by the school throughout this very uncertain time has been exceptional. We cannot thank and the school and the pre-school enough for their constant dedication and tireless working behind the scenes to ensure the disruption of our children’s education is kept to a minimum. Through all three lockdowns the staff have gone above and beyond with the personal delivery and collection of school work every week, along with regular YouTube assemblies contributing massively to ensuring we had suitable school work for each of our children’s needs.”
Another explained how the thought of combining home working with home schooling filled the family with mild panic: “It felt like a huge challenge to try to balance the whole family’s needs, but the provision of a laptop provided by the school has enabled my son to be self-sufficient with his home learning, he has been well-motivated the whole way through and has enjoyed completing his tasks, discussing with us what he has done with enthusiasm.”