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Teachers switch to online lessons as schools close their gates

Schools are shut to all but vulnerable children and those of key workers

20 March, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

TEACHERS will switch to online lessons as schools across the borough close today (Friday) until further notice.

From next week, lessons will be delivered online for students and teachers will be available online to take lessons, answer questions and give feedback.

James Hadley, headteacher at Haverstock School in Chalk Farm, said in a letter home to parents today: “Be assured that we have a full plan in place to ensure that students can access the curriculum and receive regular feedback from their teachers as usual.”

The government advice is for all schools, nurseries, sixth forms and further education colleges. Exams will no longer go ahead.

But schools will stay open for children who are considered vulnerable or children of key workers including NHS workers, nursery and teaching staff, food production, police and transport.

Lorraine Dolan, headteacher at Holy Trinity & St Silas Primary School, Hartland Road, said: “It has been devastating moving towards this closure and losing the lively presence of children. While this feels like an endless period, we have to reassure ourselves with the certainty that it will end.”

Mr Hadley added: “This is a time when we must all pull together and be strong for our families and community.”

 

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