Praise for East Riding teachers' work during lockdown

Thu, 23 Jul 2020

The work of teachers and school staff across the region was highly praised at the latest meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Sub-committee.

Members heard how more than 130 schools in the county remained open during the lockdown for hundreds of vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Classrooms even stayed open during scheduled school holidays at Easter and half-term, with a phased wider opening for selected year groups in June.

More than 800 laptop devices were distributed to children to enable them to access virtual lessons at home and complete work which had been set online. Schools also ensured vouchers were given out to thousands of families eligible for free school meals.

Eoin Rush, director of children, families and schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "This year has been a bigger challenge than any of us could have envisaged but East Riding schools have showed incredible resilience and determination to make sure that children were safe and supported during this very difficult period. School leaders and staff deserve a huge amount of credit.

"Teachers have been creative in finding ways to keep children learning at home, and schools have also acted as focal points for their communities and in some cases have helped to produce and distribute PPE items.

"Attention now turns to schools opening to larger numbers of pupils in September and we will be working closely with our schools to support them to follow Government guidance and ensure measures are in place to reassure parents that everything possible is being done to keep children safe when they return to the classroom."

Members of the sub-committee heard from headteachers representatives about the work that has gone on in primary and secondary schools since they closed to the majority of pupils in March.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Our schools have done an unbelievable job.

"We cannot underestimate the job that headteachers and their teams have done in the past few months and I know the hard work will continue over the summer.

"I must also thank and congratulate the council's education team for the support they have provided to schools."