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I am sure like me that you were glued to the square box last night, listening to Gavin Williamson’s thoughts on when children could return to school. I think he had rather hoped it would be after half term but those above him have sensibly put that date back by two weeks. It is quite likely to be longer too as this current administration has a nasty habit of over-promising and under-delivering. Much better to be the other way round in my book.

If my maths is correct that equates to four weeks or twenty more days left, or if you’re really finding each moment tough, it’s 120hrs. You are all doing a fantastic job and we are very proud of the way children and parents are engaging with learning from home. Don’t forget we are all here to help if you need to share any concerns, particularly if your children are in Forms 7 and 8 as we think this is the age group that has been most affected by social isolation.

I must also pay tribute to the teachers as it’s a much tougher job to be a virtual teacher and they are doing a brilliant job. Whilst hoping the 8th March date sticks, we are also making provision for a longer stint that might take us up to the end of the Spring term on the 26th March. If the date is extended we may well flip some teachers from school to home so that the burden of responsibility is shared equally. Teacher welfare is vital as not only do we want to survive this current pandemic in good health but we must all be ready to bounce back in school when we all return full time.

 

John Thorpe

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