Today, Hastings Opportunity Area, funded by the Department for Education, are delighted to announce their commitment to funding a strengthened approach to home learning during lockdown 3. A further £100k of funding, is being made available to all schools and Trusts over the next few months, so that they can deliver IT and online learning support to meet the needs of their pupils.
Covid19, and the resulting lockdowns, have created enormous challenges, with schools reporting that children who have already experienced learning loss, do not have the resources they need to take part effectively in home learning. Parents are also reporting difficulties in delivering remote learning, alongside their employment and other commitments.
The new funding will help schools to:
- Deliver high quality online learning by accessing resources, platforms, licences, online books and training support
- Acquire additional IT hardware
- Enable the delivery of ‘online’ enrichment sessions so that children and young people can remain ‘socially connected’ during the lockdown. These can be in the form of virtual youth groups, clubs and other activities – either delivered in partnership with schools or by existing community groups.
- Support parents/carers and young people to access quality resources to support home learning.
Richard Meddings, Chair of the Hastings Opportunity Area, said:
“We know there is a real and immediate need to support schools and parents in delivering children’s education from home. That’s why today we are announcing our plan to provide an additional £100k of funding to schools and trusts, to be utilised in strengthening their approach to online learning. We are looking forward to seeing how schools will put this to use and disseminating the best ideas throughout the town and wider area”.