EFFORTS to support York’s children in the aftermath of pandemic disruption will focus on five key areas following feedback from parents.
Consultation with students, parents and professionals who set out to understand their learning experiences during lockdown led to the creation of a new learning strategy for the city.
Education leaders from across York have now hosted the first York Education Futures conference to allow early childhood providers and schools to share best practices to ensure all children in York have the best possible chance for their future.
The post-Covid York Education Futures strategy aims to ensure that every child is supported to maximize their individual potential.
The target themes are to ensure that all students are fluent and confident readers, underpinned by strong communication skills.
Providing all students with every opportunity to make great progress without interruption is another goal, as well as removing barriers to learning and attending school.
Another goal is to help children and staff manage their well-being as well as improve the quality of teaching in all settings.
The strategy was developed by the York Future Education Task Group, set up by the York Schools and Academies Board to support the city’s educational restoration work.
Helen Winn, Head of the York Future Education Task Group and CEO of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, said: “We know the pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of children and youth, as well as on our early years and our teams. educational. .
“Working together to share best practices and solve problems will be the most powerful catalyst for change and will help ensure that no child is left behind as we move forward. ”
Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Youth and Education at York Council, said: New ideas and good practice for the benefit of all of our children and youth.
“The work of the York Education Futures Task Force has been invaluable in developing this new post-containment strategy to support schools and early childhood providers. I am truly delighted that the conference provided an opportunity for providers across town to discuss and learn from each other how we can help all of our children and youth to emerge from the disruption caused by the pandemic. ”