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Recovery Statement from Mr Warrender

The term ”Recovery Curriculum” was originally used to describe how schools planned to support pupils to ‘recover’ from the period of lost teaching and learning as a result of the Covid-19 crisis during the 2020-21 academic year. Although restrictions have  been lifted during 2021-22, disruption in schools has not gone away completely and at St Mark's, we continue to monitor closely the ongoing impact of Covid 19 on our children and their families.

As a staff, we have thought carefully about the impact of Covid-19 on education and the progress of our children and we have developed our curriculum plans with careful thought and clear determination. Having spent time looking at evidence and research, for example that of Barry Carpenter, Mary Myatt and Tom Sherrington, we have been mindful that some children (and parents) may have continued to feel anxious about school attendance when rates of infection were high and we have done our best to provide support, reassurance and positivity when required.

After nearly two years of disruption to school routines, it is inevitable that children may have missed aspects of learning. As a leadership team, we continue to make it a priority to ensure all staff continue to address any negative consequences of the pandemic throughout the 21-22 academic year and we have made this a priority on our School Development Plan. All staff are clear that they must support reconnection with school whilst maintaining an ambitious curriculum for all our children and they carried out careful assessments so that learning support and 'catch-up' could be targeted appropriately. 

As always, we maintain the belief that positive relationships are at the heart of good teaching. Our absolute priority during the pandemic has been to reach out and retain strong home-school links. We are hugely grateful to parents for the time they have taken to support children with remote learning during periods of isolation alongside juggling their own home commitments and careers. We are also grateful to our School Association (PTA) for continuing to strive to provide memorable experiences for our children and to raise funds to enhance their learning during these most challenging of times.

Nobody fully knows how children may have been affected long-term by the absence of, and disruption to, school routine during the pandemic, however we are pleased to have seen how quickly our school community has rebuilt and re-established itself as restrictions have eased. Our children have settled back into school routines quickly and happily. In the words of Mary Myatt, we have been able to “draw out the most positive aspect of all: that it is good to be back together.”

We believe it is vital that we do not instil panic in our children and will avoid at all costs them feeling like they are behind: every child in the country - and indeed across the world - has suffered disruption during the pandemic. All we ask of our children at St Mark’s is that they continue to work as hard as they can and to do their best. I am confident that by working together we will make up for lost time.

I hope this has explained some of the thinking behind our approach and provided some reassurance as we continue to navigate our way through these uncertain times.

Mr  M Warrender

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