In January, Hastings Opportunity Area committed £100k of further funding for trusts, schools and community providers to support children and young people’s access to learning and enrichment activities during the most recent lockdown period and to support their transition back to school.  Schools have been able to use the funding to deliver high quality online learning by accessing resources, platforms, licences, online books and training support and to acquire additional IT hardware.

The funding has also enabled the delivery of ‘online’ enrichment sessions so that children and young people can remain ‘socially connected’ during times of restriction. These can be in the form of virtual youth groups, clubs and other activities – either delivered in partnership with schools or by community groups.   Funding has also been made available to enable parents/carers and young people to access quality resources to support home learning.

Some examples of the projects funded by Hastings Opportunity Area:

  • All Saints Junior Academy have used funding to purchase Microsoft Office Licences to supporting home learning and providing access to IT for more children to engage in catch up learning and support.
  • Baird Primary Academy has delivered ‘Learning packs’ to children to support home learning. It has also started up a new after-school social development club, offering children social time with their peers in activities which are fun, creative and engaging and promote social and emotional development.
  • Blacklands Primary Academy provided additional devices for KS1 children to support home learning and provided access to IT for more children to engage in learning and catch up support. Funding has also been used to buy additional licences for 123 maths and Nessy Reading & Spelling online learning resources to reach more children and develop reading, spelling and maths skills.
  • Christchurch CE Primary Academy has used funding to enable children to access an online dance workshop, dance enrichment and the national college membership to provide remote access to enrichment and PE provision. In addition, a half term 2-day Sports Camp was delivered for vulnerable children for interactive sports and social enrichment.
  • Churchwood Primary Academy accessed an online reading subscription for Accelerated Reader, Myon and online associated books to further support the programme and provide a wider access to reading resources online.
  • Dudley Infant Academy provided additional devices for KS1 children to support home learning and provide access to IT for more children to engage in learning and catch up support.
  • Robsack Primary Academy is providing activity packs to promote active lifestyles, daily exercise, and social interaction as a way to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Sacred Heart CE Primary is providing access to additional high-quality home resources to support learning. These include workbooks and reading booklets (especially in literacy and phonics) but also enrichment activities
  • Sandown School is providing guitars and lessons for terms 4, 5 and 6 to enable children to learn a musical instrument and work within a wider group of children to develop their social skills.

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