Year 10 Students Return To The Classroom At Cleethorpes Academy

Year 10 GCSE students are being taught in small cluster groups with two-metre social distancing in place at all times.

Year 10 students returned to school last week for some face to face contact with teachers, and at Cleethorpes Academy children have been praising the measures put in place to ensure their safety.

Extensive risk assessments have been undertaken at all seven schools within Tollbar Multi Academy Trust where the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable have continued to be educated throughout the three-month long crisis.

The prospect of more children returning to school has been welcomed wholeheartedly by teachers at the Academy who all agree that face-to-face contact and the reassurance, guidance and support of a teacher cannot be replaced by online learning, no matter how helpful virtual learning can be.

At present, a percentage of Year 10 students at Cleethorpes Academy are back in the classroom. They are being taught in small groups, with social distancing measures and additional hygiene routines in place.

All seven TMAT schools have remained open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children throughout the Easter and May holidays, including Bank Holidays. Staff at Cleethorpes Academy have been working hard throughout this period, supporting and teaching the children who have been attending school; contacting students at home to ensure support has been given when it is needed, and setting work and giving feedback using the Academy's Virtual Learning Environment, FROG.

However, teachers continue to be anxious to get all students back into full-time classroom learning, where staff can support and encourage them more effectively. The measures put in place for Year 10 are definitely a step in the right direction.

Janice Hornby, Principal of Cleethorpes Academy, said teachers were consulted and trained before children returned to the classroom, to ensure the safety of both staff and students.

"The children's response to this crisis has been incredible," said Mrs Hornby. "They have completed large amounts of work set for them on our online FROG platform, which has been marked by teachers who have given them supportive feedback throughout. Our pastoral care team has also linked up online with students so that they can access pastoral and mental well-being support at any time.

"But none of this can replace classroom learning where students have a rapport with their teachers and interaction with fellow students. We know from talking to those students who are now back in Year 10 how much they have missed this.

"Some children have been anxious about their education and also their safety while in lockdown, but seeing them face to face we have been able tor reassure them about both."

Year 10 student Isabella Williams (15) said: "It's good to be back because if I do not understand some of the work I can easily ask for help. I also find it much easier to concentrate at school. I was worried about my exams and missing work but now I am back I am not as worried as before."

Laila Dean (15) said: "I have found Frog useful but I find it easier to learn in class with the teachers. I have really missed being with my friends and in normal classes."

Evie Paterson (15) said: "I have found using the online platform Frog easy and can complete assignments by messaging my teachers for support. It is nice to be back in school though and get the support from teachers again. There is lots of social distancing and hand sanitisers in school so I feel safe."

David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, is delighted that the Prime mInister has now announced that all children may be back in the classrooms by September for the start of the new academic year.

"The safety of our staff and students remains paramount of course, but getting them all back into school is vital for the future of their education," he said.

The children of key workers have been in school throughout this crisis. Here, Year 7 students Saraiah Morrison (11) and Kaylum Evans (12) queue up at a two-metre distance to sanitise their hands.

Teachers and students remain two metres apart at all times.

Signs remind everyone of the strict safety measures in place throughout the academy.

Year 10 students are being taught in small cluster groups with two-metre social distancing in place at all times.

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Cleethorpes Academy Principal

Janice Hornby

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson