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Top marks for Grantham Belton Lane Primary for its home schooling provision

Parents have given top marks to a primary school in Grantham for its home learning provision.

Belton Lane Primary School surveyed a large majority of its parents to gage their opinions about the standard of remote learning provision and to find out what else the school could do to support families.

Parents scored the school 4.7 out of five and praised staff for their support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Year 5 teacher Kirstin Reynolds (44355946)
Year 5 teacher Kirstin Reynolds (44355946)

The third lockdown has delayed children going back to school after the Christmas holidays, only permitting vulnerable children and those of key workers to attend.

All other children have had to learn remotely until at least March 8.

Headteacher Jonathan Mason said: “Like all schools in this lockdown, we are following very prescriptive expectations given to us by the Department for Education.

“So after a couple of weeks, we wanted to check how our children and their parents were coping with the remote learning and sent out a brief survey.

“We found that the majority of parents and children were doing well, however, some were obviously struggling with the workload imposed on a large family, others needed additional face to face support, and some needed support with IT.

“As a result, we have invited some more children into school, sent out laptops to families, and had more regular face to face meetings with the children both as a class and for individual children who required additional support.”

Parent Angela Peatman has two children at the school and has been impressed with the support parents have received.

She said: “As a parent who is splitting home schooling and work, it has its challenges and difficulties, especially with two children of different ages. I can’t commend the teachers at Belton Lane school highly enough.

“The teachers are uploading videos on how to complete the work and holding daily Zoom meetings to talk through the day’s lessons and to let the children see their friends. We can also speak to them on a one-to-one basis if we need the extra support.

“We all have our difficulties and everyone’s situation is totally different, but Mr Mason and the team of teachers, helpers and staff at Belton Lane need to be praised on how they are supporting and tending to the needs of their pupils.”

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