The new academic year has begun! Many aspects of school have returned to pre-Covid norms, whether that’s an end to bubbles or the restoring of the whole-school assembly, but there are still areas of uncertainty, not least the possibility of a fourth wave.
The Department for Education has reissued its legal requirement on schools to provide “high-quality remote education” for pupils unable to attend the school site due to Covid-19 for the next academic year (despite the fact that the DfE never actually used the previous legal powers with no injunctions issued to schools during the 2020-21 academic year).
There are also contingency plans in place for a ‘circuit breaker’ over the autumn half-term, and possibly a week after, if needed. Regardless of national measures, schools can doubtless expect to see some children staying at home due to their own or family cases of Covid. Within school, the recovery and catchup curriculum has to be considered.
The need for schools to be prepared for more blended learning, whether on an individual, class or school level, is clear. How can we help you?