In our next interview with our primary schools about the phased reopening, Ben Jeffery, Headteacher of Glemsford Primary Academy, talks about what...
At Unity Schools Partnership, our aim is to have a network of support between our staff, students and entire communities within secondary, primary and special schools.
It is fair to say that today, as we prepare to close our school buildings, that we have rarely been as challenged.
Education as we know it, as with the rest of the country, is changing before our eyes. But our schools and your children’s education will go on.
It will be different, it will be a little daunting at times, but rest assured our amazing school staff will be there for you.
As always, they want to share with you your child’s achievements and highlights and equally be there when you most need support.
The very same support will be shown to all our staff across our 25 schools in East Anglia and Romford. These are challenging times, but they will receive all the support they need from everyone connected with Unity Schools Partnership.
Do we have all the answers yet? We are now digesting the list of Government ‘key workers’ and the definition of ‘vulnerable children’.
We will be opening schools on Monday, but we will not know an exact number of children until they arrive in the morning.
Rest assured, teachers will be there and safeguarding, food and first aid provision will be in place, as you would expect.
For the vast majority of children working from home, you would have already had discussions with teachers and plans have been put in pace for a more digital, remote way of learning.
What happens after Monday?
We will assess numbers of pupils still needing to attend school and we will work with neighbouring schools, in and out of the trust, to look at creating educational hubs in your community. This will be fully communicated every step of the way.
These are uncertain times. We all have questions and fears.
But we cannot underestimate the hard work that has gone on by each and every member of staff in your school, in your trust, to continue as much as possible over the last few days.
As we enter this very strange day, I wanted to say a personal thank you to every single member of our trust.
Your commitment and dedication to education has been incredible. Indeed, thank you doesn’t seem enough.
I know it will continue in the weeks to come and I know we have the support of our parents, students and communities as we enter these unprecedented times.
Please stay safe. Thank you all.
Tim Coulson, Chief Executive, Unity Schools Partnership