Back to School
Posted on 8th March 2021 at 13:33
Many parents across the country will be breathing a sigh of relief as today marks the day of the end of home schooling and the return to the classroom for students. After months of learning from home today is the start of the road back to normality and the effort to catch up on the loss of learning children have endured.
While many students and parents will be excited about the reopening of school and the return to familiar routines, some will no doubt be feeling anxious about their children returning to school. The introduction of regular Covid testing for secondary pupils, encouragement of mask wearing in the classroom and windows and doors in the classroom being wide open are just some of the things for students to contend with in this new normal. In addition to the anxiety and stresses a return to the physical classroom might bring, it has been widely reported that many students have experienced an increase in anxiety and other mental health conditions during the lockdown period. The chief inspector for Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has said remote learning has been difficult for many students and resulted in issues such as anxiety, eating disorders and self-harming. A view which has been backed up by Boris Johnson who in trying to ease the worries parents have about sending their children back to school has argued that the risk is "actually in not going back to school..given all the suffering, all the loss of learning we have seen".
Different initiatives to address the loss of learning in children, inlcuding longer school days, shorter school holidays and catch-up sessions during breakfast and after-school clubs, are currently being discussed in government and are set to be announced soon.
We would love to hear your thoughts on children going back to school? Are you relieved or are you perhaps feeling anxious? What do you think should be done to address the loss in education children have had since the start of the pandemic?
As always, if you are looking for educational support for your child, we are here to help. We offer a range of flexible and affordable tuition options including our memberships to online and in-house tuition as well as our holiday classes including our upcoming Easter holiday club. For more information give us a call on 01234 480 949.
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