It has been wonderful to have children in school this week, filling the rooms with friendship, learning and laughter once more. Tomorrow I will let you know about the next step of our reopening plan.
Yesterday's announcement from the government about children from years 2, 3, 4 and 5 not returning to school before the summer holiday came as no surprise to head teachers. With the restrictions on the number of children in bubbles, requirement for social distancing and amounts of staff needed in each bubble; being able to accommodate the whole school was always going to be an impossibility. However, in true Langar spirit and rooted in our school values I am making decisions about how to ensure no child misses out, is disadvantaged or treated unfairly.
We have been so impressed by your engagement and support of home learning. The emails and messages we have received from you have filled us with pride. Do not underestimate what you have taught your children during this time. We know many of you are worried about gaps in your children's learning and undeniably they have missed out on the direct teaching of certain concepts and themes that were planned for the summer term. But we would urge you to reflect on the wider skills and values that you have nurtured in your children and the memories you have made.
Please remember the cause and reason for your children not being in school. None of us were in this situation by choice but with enthusiasm, flexibility and determination we have embraced it and worked with it. We now need to hold onto these virtues as we move into the phased reopening stage.