Wandsworth Mayor thanks school staff
Published: Friday, March 27, 2020
The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Jane Cooper has put out a big thank you to schools for continuing to educate the borough’s children in very difficult circumstances.
Some children are still attending school if they are vulnerable or the children of key workers, but many more are learning from home. Most schools have put together programmes of work for children to do and are using online tools and social media to deliver lessons and keep in touch.
Others are using unusual ways to help children learn, including ways that don’t require a computer such as maths activities that make use of household objects, creative writing tasks, family history projects, book reports and investigations to carry out in the home.
Until the launch today of a council app, many schools have also been delivering free school meals to families or arranged for food to be picked up. And teachers are in regular contact with children that cannot attend school to check on their learning and wellbeing.
“I really want to thank our marvellous school staff from the bottom of my heart for what they are doing for our children,” said Cllr Cooper. “I’ve seen examples of children receiving virtual violin lessons and even PE lessons – they really are being very creative and innovative."
Cabinet member for education and children’s services Cllr Will Sweet said: “I’d like to thank our headteachers and school staff for working closely and constructively with our children’s services staff at the council to put these new arrangements in place over the course of just a few days.
“This is a difficult time for all of us, so the fact they are so determined to keep teaching our children and give them the structure and security they need means so much to all of us.”