Best Practice

Post-lockdown: Three areas for primary schools to build on

Primary schools have led much innovation during the coronavirus lockdown. Emma Lee-Potter looks at three areas of practice which we can build on as schools begin to re-open to more pupils

Schools engaged with parents more than ever during the lockdown – sending work home and addressing parents’ concerns via email, phone calls, vlogs, learning packs and online platforms.

Staff at Dacre Braithwaite CE Primary School in North Yorkshire know pupils’ families well, but headteacher Jo Dobbs wanted every activity for their 72 pupils to be “absolutely crystal clear” – so parents knew what was expected.

“I don’t see how it would have worked so effectively without the engagement of our parents,” she said. “We tried really hard to make it obvious what the children had to do, so there has been more reliance on things like worksheets and PowerPoints and YouTube clips.”

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