PRIMARY schools in Essex that are part of NET Academies Trust are being praised by parents for providing live lessons to pupils as part of the first-class education pupils are still getting during the new national lockdown.
The six schools, in Harlow and Waltham Abbey, are being praised by parents.
The Harlow schools are Abbotsweld, Latton Green, Longwood, Katherines and Jerounds.
About 30% of pupils are attending the schools, run by NET Academies Trust, because they are classed as vulnerable or are the children of key workers, with 70% learning from home.
To make sure that those pupils at home still receive actual teaching and a first-class education, teachers have worked hard to develop an interactive home learning experience for both them as well as the children attending school.
Similar to the school day, lessons start at 9am every day with reading or maths calculation practice.
This is followed by a maths lesson and then an English lesson during the morning, with a wider curriculum subject such as science or history taught in the afternoon.
The day ends with a story time for all children.
In some instances, lessons are also pre-recorded for younger children in Reception and Year 1 so that they can be supported by their parents during the lesson. On average the children get at least four hours of live teaching per day.
Jo Palmer, a mum whose son is a pupil at Waltham Holy Cross Primary Academy, said:
“I have been so impressed with the remote lessons taught to our son in Year 4. It has taken a huge amount of pressure off ourselves as a family and is very reassuring knowing we have daily contact with our son’s teacher. We are also very aware of how much work has been put in behind the scenes to provide this teaching.”
Matthew Briscoe, a parent whose daughter is a pupil at Abbotsweld Primary Academy, one of NET’s academies in Harlow, said:
“A huge thank you and well done to everyone at Abbotsweld for all of the hard work that has gone in to producing the resources this week. Our daughter has really enjoyed seeing her teachers on the screen. I just wanted to express my gratitude to you all for adapting to the remote learning and still catering for those in school.”
Katherine Benson, the Headteacher of one of the NET schools, Abbotsweld Primary Academy, added:
“We know it is best for all children to be in school. However, whilst we are in lockdown, we have worked hard to produce the best alternative home learning offer for our children. They deserve the best and I am proud that we are providing it for them.”
Jo Coton, Chief Executive Officer of NET Academies Trust, said:
“Our headteachers and school staff have worked collaboratively with colleagues across all our schools to devise a high-quality home learning package with lessons taught by teachers so that children can have the support and interaction they require as well as a familiar face.
“To continue to progress, children need real teaching, which means real lessons. Because of the lockdown, we are of course not able to have most children in school but we are ensuing that pupils learning from home are still getting the best education possible, involving interaction, feedback and teaching, supporting their ongoing development and sociability.
“I am very proud of the staff for their continued dedication and commitment to the children and their families. Where families don’t have access to technology, NET Academies Trust is exploring alternative ways of making sure children can access lessons so that they do not miss out on their education.”
The school is accepting donations of pre-used laptops from the wider local community to help pupils who may not have a device at home. If you would like to help, please email: [email protected].
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