Roadmap sets out ambitious programme to help children and young people catch up following lockdown

Published: Friday, March 19, 2021

The council has published a roadmap setting out its ambitious and far reaching programme to help children and young people recover from the pandemic, return to learning and training and boost their job prospects.

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The roadmap incorporates five key foundation stones that will provide a comprehensive package of support for the borough’s children and young people.

The five elements cover:

  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Mental health and well being
  • Sports and arts
  • Access to tech
  • Employability

The council’s cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Will Sweet explains: “Even in the middle of lockdown, Wandsworth Council was hard at work behind the scenes, working in partnership with schools on an ambitious programme for local young people focused on lost time,  lost learning and meeting changing needs. We are aspirational and ambitious for all the borough’s children 

“Over the coming months and years we are committed to standing by our children, families and schools as we learn more about what they need to make up for the last year to become the best they can be. 

“You’ll see the council listening carefully to you as you tell us what you want and need.

“In that spirit, I’m excited to launch the five foundations of the council’s roadmap towards the future success of our young people.

“First, tutoring and mentoring: working in tandem with the generous government schemes to give children the helping by hand they need to get schoolwork on track. And adjusting that as we learn more about where young people have fallen behind.

“Second, mental health and well-being. We’re committed to ensuring Wandsworth children get the help they need to feel happy and safe in tough times.

“Third, sports and arts. Lockdown has made it harder for children to do the things they love outside the classroom. We’ll be making up for lost time to inject fun into Wandsworth.

“Fourth, access to tech. During lockdown we helped distributed 5,000 laptops to Wandsworth’s school children equivalent to one in five of all our pupils. Building on this we want our young people to have full access to the technology of the future.

“Fifth, employability. We can’t waste time for children nearing the end of their school years, so we’re redoubling efforts to prepare them for whatever their ambitions are and whatever they want to do once they leave school or college.”

“We have great ambitions for our young people and want them to face the brightest possible future. We’ll be working with schools, colleges, parents, carers, employers and of course children themselves over the coming months to make sure we set the framework for our young people to achieve their best and fulfil their potential.”