Young people continue to learn through the lockdown

Published: Monday, April 20, 2020

Wandsworth’s schools and social workers have been pulling out all the stops to make sure young people stay safe and continue to learn during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.

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The council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services Cllr Will Sweet has thanked headteachers, teachers and all school staff for the efforts they have made to keep in touch with pupils.

And he has praised social workers, who despite the lockdown are keeping in constant contact with vulnerable families, using online methods wherever possible.

Schools have set up some highly-impressive home learning portals including learning resources and online lessons from teachers, some of which enable young people to download a lesson and then upload the completed work for teachers to mark. Children are given timetables so their days have a structure and they stay focused.

Not all children are lucky enough to have the necessary equipment and internet access, and schools have identified who they are and have posted or delivered resources and provided access to writing materials. Some schools are loaning out laptops and tablets. The council’s schools IT team have been helping to re-purpose older devices. 

Wandsworth Council has also joined forces with Battersea Power Station to support local families who are struggling to stay digitally connected during the COVID-19 crisis. The council is issuing emergency phone data top-up vouchers to school pupils, thanks to a £10,000 fund from the Battersea Power Station Foundation. Read more.

And parents have been issued with guidance about online safety so that they can ensure that children are able to keep safe while accessing online resources.

Cllr Sweet said: “Teachers and social workers have totally inspired me with their dedication and commitment, using technology to remain in contact with families that need our care. Thank you for making sure that no-one is left behind in Wandsworth during this crisis.”