Funding of £220k has been made available, to all Trusts and schools in Hastings, so that they can deliver programmes of recovery that meet the needs of their pupils. Recovery plans have been agreed in all schools and Trusts and work in many schools is now well underway. HOA recovery funding is additional to the Government’s catch up programme and has allowed our schools to focus down on targeted recovery work with key groups of children.
The programmes include: –
- Ark schools are employing a Graduate Teaching Assistant in each school (the HOA has funded two of these) to provide small group catch-up work for students who have fallen behind;
- Sandown Primary school are extending their school day to provide extra catch-up sessions for children focussed on maths, literacy, transition and anxiety;
- Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust schools; All Saints CE Junior Academy, St Leonards CE Primary Academy, Christ Church CE Primary & Nursery Academy and St Pauls CE Academy will be able to access a counsellor for one day a week to support children with emerging mental health needs;
- Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School will be delivering forest school activities for children in years 3 and 6 to support attendance and promote emotional well-being and self-confidence;
- Torfield and Saxon Mount Academy Trust schools are supporting students who have fallen behind through catch-up lessons delivered on a one to one basis and in small groups;
- Ore Village Primary Academy (The Kemnal Academies Trust) are focusing on key stage 2 pupils in years 5 and 6 who have fallen behind in maths and literacy through a programme of one-to-one sessions;
- St Marys Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School are implementing a series of reading interventions through one-to-one and small group learning;
- University of Brighton Academy Trust schools are tackling reading regression with a trust wide approach using accelerated reader and expert reader alongside delivering a programme to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing across the trust;
- New Horizons School are providing additional focused outreach work for children with very low post lockdown attendance to rebuild relationships and breakdown the barriers to their engagement with school.
The Hastings Opportunity Area will be hosting a Recovery Seminar Monday 18 January 2021, for Headteachers, Recovery Leads, Community Partners delivering Recovery work across Hastings and East Sussex, and more widely with East Sussex County Council Recovery Practitioners and Leads & Strategic Partners.
The aim of the event is to share learning, particularly from the HOA funded recovery programmes, on current work to support learning recovery in schools; review what is working well, identify the current challenges and to share solutions to address these.
We are delighted to confirm Barry Carpenter OBE CBE will deliver a keynote speech at the seminar. Barry has enjoyed a career spanning more than 40 years in education and has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive, and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. At the start of the global pandemic Barry became very concerned about the impact of the crisis on the mental health of children and wrote the Recovery Curriculum with his son Matthew Carpenter, a school principal.