Over the past few weeks, in the media, we have started to hear phrases like ‘parents worry their child will have fallen behind’ and ‘some children will be left behind’ when children return to school. This worries and upsets us as we feel that some of you may start to pick up on this and feel the same way. Some of you may be at home feeling that your child is falling behind while they are at home with you. Some of you may be worrying about your child being ‘left behind’ educationally while others are streaking ahead of them. Please be reassured that none of this is true at all. In fact, we are impressed with the new skills your children are acquiring during the ‘new normal’. We are impressed that we have children who understand key concepts like measures, time and money in a real life context. We are proud that we are growing a generation of children who will be able to cook for themselves, care for younger siblings, be creative with limited resources and be independent and resourceful. It has been said that children don’t know how to be bored, well maybe now they do, and because of this, they have found new ways to learn and play.
Please remember that your child is in the same position as every single child in the country - and most of the western world. They are not falling behind because every other child is also at home, or in school as a key worker child, which is more of a child care facility at the moment. Across the country, children are staying safe at home (some of them without outside places to play and explore) and are all experiencing remote learning from home together. When we were chatting with the staff this week, we talked through people’s perceptions of situations. We likened it to people’s behaviour on social media; it is easy to post a couple of photos of the wonderful things that have been done with children, and not mention the fall outs, the spilled cereal, the crayon on the wall and the uneaten vegetables at tea! It is easy to look at this and feel (especially as we are all staying at home) that everyone else has this under control and you are the only one struggling. Please be assured, this is not the case! We all have moments of success in our day, but we also all have moments where we struggle or wobble - this is normal and again, does not mean your child is falling behind and will start back at school in a different position to his/her peers. Your child will come back to school healthy, happy and with some new skills learned that they can share with others.
As a staff, our job is to change and adapt. When the time comes for the children to come back to school, we will make some assessments and plan learning to allow everyone to make progress from their starting point. That is what we do every day in school and we will continue to do so. Every single child is different - and that is why we love what we do. When they are all in school, learning will be tailored to meet their needs and ensure that they are the best that they can be. Our children love to learn and we are confident that they will return ready to be proud to shine like the stars that they are.
As the image below says, we are a family, and in a family nobody gets left behind or forgotten. We are all in this together and we will get through it. What we ask of you is that you share your calm, share your strength and share your laughter with your children. Remember, no children are behind, in fact your children are exactly where they need to be.