Recovery, Renewal, Resilience

Lessons for Resilience

Consider how other organisations can help school children with resources to learn
Vulnerable people

Schools have an increased need for support during lockdowns to provide children with the resources they need to learn effectively. Many other organisations are also under significant pressure during COVID-19, but some are coping particularly well as customer demand has increased hugely. Such organisations may have the capacity, capability and willingness to support the parents of schoolchildren in their local community. Consider encouraging local organisations and others to:

  • Coordinate community activities on behalf of a school, for example, to:
    • Collect unused computers from businesses and the public so they can be reformatted and given to school children to enable them to access online learning support
    • Provide computer training and skills for local parents so they can assist their children, particularly young children
  • Offer free printing of schoolwork for parents of school children who do not have printing services at home
  • Make servers available to host school content which can be downloaded by parents
  • Contribute financially to support schools to pay for new forms of online schooling, new content, and access to privileged services
  • Work with schools to support them to build capability, for example, to:
    • Evaluate and learn the technology that is available and how to use this in online learning
    • Convert materials to make them suitable for online learning
    • Remap donated computers to enable them to be distributed to school children
  • Provide specialist services to schools, e.g. readers of braille, sign language, adapting written materials into the spoken word, supporting children with disabilities
  • Provide COVID-19 hygiene supplies to schools (e.g. facemasks and hand sanitising stations)
  • Actively help Head Teachers in their role, for example, to interpret guidance and its application in their schools, and to support networking and mutual aid between schools
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