Education South West schools are delighted finally to be able to welcome all pupils back to school.
During the ‘lock-down period, all staff were engaged in ensuring children were safe and had access to on-line and home learning, and support staff worked tirelessly to ensure that delivery was possible, that staff and children were suitably equipped and that every member of ESW was supported. As an organisation, we also worked closely with Devon to support other schools and the council, and continue to do so. In addition, we made over 500 face visors at the start of the lock-down period, working as part of a co-ordinated team with KEVICC and the UTC , providing these to local care homes, hospices and hospitals.
Over summer senior staff, support staff and teachers have been revamping schemes of learning to take account of lost curriculum time, working to secure destinations as a result of Centre Assessed Grade outcomes and working with all staff across the trust to ensure schools are able to open for the new term.
As well as the regular summer break work of the Shared Services teams (including ensuring delivery of a new £1.6 million science block at Teign School), staff have been incredibly busy sourcing and delivering IT equipment to staff and pupils alike; carrying out additional maintenance work to make schools Covid safe; writing risk assessments which are then reviewed and tested and re-written to ensure that all processes are secure and in-line with professional guidance; advising and supporting other trusts and schools; sourcing appropriate equipment including PPE materials and doing everything possible to ensure children and staff can return to school. Over the last weekend staff were also busy delivering secure bins and masks to sites, as well as carrying out final walk through tests to ensure all signing and procedures were fit for purpose.
We now look forward to welcoming children into schools this week and beginning a new year proud of what we have achieved during this unusual time and ready to do what all staff who work for ESW do best: go the extra mile for children and colleagues; give the best opportunities to children and support the communities we serve.