Our Response to Lockdown in 2020
At Montem we’re really proud of the way we handled lockdown. We worked closely with our partner school, Drayton Park, to ensure our response was as robust as it could be. This meant we were able to:
- Maintain high-quality, caring provision for a significant number of critical worker and vulnerable children, throughout term time and the school holidays. We ended up taking on children from a third school, Pakeman Primary, who needed our support. We called ourselves the ‘Edventure School’ and we were all based at Montem.
- Provide all families with a full schedule of home learning, from the moment we went into lockdown, to its end. We focused on providing printed packs for children, so that all could access the learning, even if they could not access the internet.
- Gradually develop our online learning presence alongside the weekly work packs. We did this once we’d got devices and internet connection into the homes of those who needed it.
- Contact all families on a daily basis, through our school app. We set up a daily registration system. If we didn’t hear from families, we called them.
- Ensure at least one phone call a week for all parents and children, about their wellbeing and about their learning.
- Provide ongoing welfare support to many of our families, not least by distributing food hampers and vouchers to them.
Throughout this time there was no spread of coronavirus at our schools. To get a sense of what Edventure School was like, hear from our children:
From early June we reopened more fully and gradually increased the numbers of pupils at school, so that by the final weeks of term we were open to pupils from all year groups, with almost half our children and almost all our staff back.