We write to you as the school year comes to an end. As we reflect, the full impact of
COVID 19 on our communities is yet to be felt and understood. It has been incredibly
challenging for all of us both personally and professionally, not least on our children
and young people who have missed many days of schooling and for those whose
public examinations were cancelled.
We also appreciate that many of you have juggled your own work commitments with
undertaking your children’s home learning. This has not been easy. We would ask
that you accept our sincerest and heartfelt thanks for all you have done.
Our schools have coped admirably, we are especially proud that they have all
remained open to key workers and vulnerable pupils throughout this period. They
have produced and delivered many hundreds of hours of online learning, and work
booklets while managing face to face contact with children in school. Likewise, our
catering services have prepared many thousands of packed lunches and food
hampers for some of our most vulnerable families. We want to give our thanks to
them for their enormous efforts to support our children, young people and
communities during these most difficult times.
As we approach the summer holiday period and our schools close, it is important
that staff recharge their batteries and complete the essential preparations to
welcome all children and young people back to school full time from September
2020. We very much look forward to that.
The new school year will continue to bring many challenges. We must be prepared
for any future lock down or periods of further self-isolation, while trying to retain
optimism that a vaccine will be found, and our lives can return to normal. In this
intervening period our headteachers are working incredibly hard to find solutions to
the organisational requirements placed on schools, while grappling with the
demands of delivering their curriculum. This is not an easy task, and the decisions made
by school leaders can and will look different in schools. What is assured is that the
continued safety of pupils and staff will be their overriding consideration.
May we thank you once again for your continuing patience and support and wish you a relaxing summer.
Director of Children’s and Adult Services
North Tyneside Council
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
Direct Line: (0191) 643 7317
made by school leaders can and will look different in schools. What is assured is that
the continued safety of pupils and staff will be their overriding consideration.
May we thank you once again for your continuing patience and support and wish you
a relaxing summer.
Jacqui Old Cllr Peter Earley
Director of Children’s and Adult Services Cabinet Member for Children,
Young People and Learning