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From Joe Wicks to community art: One school’s response to the coronavirus crisis

Schools and teachers across the country have been pushed to their limits in maintaining provision during the coronavirus closures. Headteacher Helen Frostick gives us an insight into the kind of provision her school offered during the first few days of closure.

This article considers three aspects of managing the coronavirus pandemic in school: the parents, the staff and the pupils.

Overall, parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of all of our efforts to keep a provision open at school while trying to offer practical support for off-site learning.

We have ceased to run as a school. We are care providers now at the frontline, trying to keep the frontline workers at work. We are also providing provision for our most vulnerable pupils.

However, we need to try to maintain a sense of community. I recognise that communication from school is a lifeline to children and parents. As headteacher of a primary school, I will try to communicate directly at least once a week with the parents for as long as I can with a letter of support and ideas for off-site learning.

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