Teachers working on helping youngsters adjust back to classroom, says Doncaster head

Teachers are working on helping youngsters adjust back to life back in the classroom, says a borough headteacher.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 8:10 am

Denaby Main Primary Academy, at School Walk, part of Astrea Academy Trust, saw its pupils back into lessons on Monday for the first time since they broke up for Christmas, after the country went into a new lockdown in January.

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Principal Lindsay Dickinson said: “Everyone at Denaby Main is so excited to welcome all the children back.

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Reception children pictured in the EYFS Outdoor Area. NDFP-09-03-21-DenabyMain 5-NMSY

"I am so proud of how hard they have worked at home - and I also want to say a huge thank you to all our parents and carers for their incredible support.

"We understand that while the vast majority of pupils are eager to return to school, a few will be apprehensive, and teachers will be ready with extra encouragement and support for those who need it.

"Our focus now is on helping the children adjust to life back in the classroom, re-connecting with their learning and making time for all-important social activity. As far as possible, we want them to enjoy a normal, happy and safe school experience."

Primary schools have been fully back to lessons early this week.

A Denaby Main pupil pictured taking part in Basketball, during Active dinner time. NDFP-09-03-21-DenabyMain 4-NMSY

But secondary schools have been gradually returning this week, with pupils having lateral flow tests before they return.

Some schools had already started the tests late last week.

Ministers meanwhile, are looking at how they can help pupils catch up missed time.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said a “whole range of different” proposals are being considered including longer school days, shorter summer holidays and five-term years are being considered.

Year four and five children pictured during Active dinner time. NDFP-09-03-21-DenabyMain 2-NMSY

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Year four and five children pictured during Active dinner time. NDFP-09-03-21-DenabyMain 6-NMSY
Reception children pictured in the EYFS Outdoor Area. NDFP-09-03-21-DenabyMain 1-NMSY