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Supporting learners' safe return to schools

Catching up, meeting new teachers and rebuilding relationships with friends has been top of the agenda for the first week of the return to school in Pembrokeshire.

Schools have worked hard to ensure a safe return for all learners with the first pupils walking back through the doors on Thursday, 3rd September.

Schools will continue to increase operations this week with more and more learners being supported to return.

Cllr Guy Woodham, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported the return to school settings for learners.

“It is important that we now address the issues that the Covid-19 pandemic has left with us.

“We need to enable learners to have access to high quality teaching in schools, make sure that we help learners catch up quickly drawing upon the guidance around learning, ensuring that all learners achieve the best outcomes possible whilst having a broad and balanced education.”

Schools are ensuring that learners are able to re-build the relationships with their friends and peers that have been forged in school settings.

New relationships are being built with new class or subject teachers throughout the school system. Schools are welcoming new learners and settling them into school settings.

Steven Richards-Downes, The Director for Education said: “It is very clear that we are in a time of significant transition in schools. We understand that learner, family and staff wellbeing needs to be at the heart of our work.

“Everything we are trying to achieve needs to be grounded in needs of all our learners.

“All schools are operational and being supported to ensure that the return to schools is safe and we are mitigating the risks of Covid-19 with the current guidance that is available to us.”

ID: 6905, revised 08/09/2020