We are looking forward to welcoming all children back to school in September. Our first priority is the well-being of our children, and we recognise that during this difficult time they may be dealing with a range of emotions around anxiety, trauma and bereavement. We know that good mental health helps children thrive and achieve. As a school we are making adjustments to help welcome our children back and to be ready to help support the children where they are emotionally and academically.
Professor Barry Carpenter developed a model for a Recovery Curriculum, recognising that children and families have been dealing with a loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. It is a way for schools to help welcome children back to school life and acknowledge the experiences they have had. Our aim is for our children to be happy, feel safe and to be engaged in their learning. His ‘5 Levers’ model helps to lever children back into school life with support and time to heal.
Lever 1: Relationships – we can’t expect our students to return joyfully, and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We need to plan for this to happen, not assume that it will. Reach out to greet them, use the relationships we build to cushion the discomfort of returning.
Lever 2: Community – we must recognise that curriculum will have been based in the community for a long period of time. We need to listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.
Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum – all of our students will feel like they have lost time in learning and we must show them how we are addressing these gaps, consulting and co-constructing with our students to heal this sense of loss.
Lever 4: Metacognition – in different environments, students will have been learning in different ways. It is vital that we make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our students to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.
Lever 5: Space – to be, to rediscover self, and to find their voice on learning in this issue. It is only natural that we all work at an incredible pace to make sure this group of learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.
EYFS have shared more information about welcoming children back here
More information about adjustments for children in Primary will be available soon.
Here is an excerpt from a card that a family sent to our school in summer term. We are looking forward to welcoming all children back this autumn!