Parents and Carers should
- Understand there is no expectation on them to ‘home school’. The parent’s role is to support home learning, help their child build resilience and develop self-regulation skills, promote independence and encourage a ‘have a go’ attitude. For example, helping their child to devise a timetable that includes regular breaks and is mindful of their child’s mental and physical well-being. The aim is to work with the school to help the child develop as a lifelong learner.
- Understand that if staff are unwell, they cannot provide work or communicate with pupils and families
- Realise that many of the learning opportunities provided will be about consolidating what children already know and practising skills. Developing language and literacy skills takes time so realise you don’t feel you have to do it all
- Review resources made available on the Swansea Virtual School site and Hwb, available as links and downloadable documents e.g. our school website
- Recognise this is not normal schooling and not to expect their child to be completing long days of work, for example, a maximum of two to three hours of “work” per day to keep minds active but enthusiastic
- Recognise that getting children to help with household activities such as washing, cooking and gardening are educational; as is watching some appropriate, beneficial television programmes or online streams, such as documentaries and drama