'Root and branch' review of education curricula planned ahead of Suffolk pupils returning to school
A 'root and branch review of curricula' is being tabled by Suffolk education chiefs in anticipation of children returning to school at different stages of their learning.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his plan for the first phase of schools to return from June 1, but education leaders are expecting pupils will have made different levels of progress during lockdown.
It means that measures are likely to be needed in schools to help further pupils’ learning who may not have been able to make as much progress during their home-schooling under lockdown.
Adrian Orr, assistant director for education and learning said: “There are going to be some real challenges for both children and adults as we move into greater numbers of pupils being in school, and ultimately returning to some kind of normal more towards going back to school.
“Some children will have had a slightly differential offer because of the nature of their personal circumstances, so we are going to have to do a root and branch review of curricula, how children are supported, what learning looks like.”
In some homes, home-schooling may have been easier for parents who have resources such as ipads or had the time to support children more, however many parents have had to juggle working from home and keeping their children occupied. For other children, the home environment has not been conducive to learning.
The Suffolk branch of the National Education Union has already stressed the importance of parents not feeling guilty if they have struggled to home educate their child during the coronavirus lockdown, and said that any activities they can encourage youngsters to do should help.
However, many schools have utilised online learning platforms already in place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has helped teachers set work for pupils that means they can still follow the curriculum.
More by this authorJason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter