A WREXHAM headteacher has described her school's adaptions to help children learn during the pandemic.

Amanda Williams, who is the headteacher of Park County Primary School in Llay, has spoken of the ways in which she is transforming the way her school delivers lessons as its staff and pupils find themselves facing new challenges imposed by lockdown.

She said: "The effect of the coronavirus lockdown on schools was unanticipated and instantaneous.

"Before, schools were busy thriving communities available to all, full of animated effervescent groups of people all growing, learning and developing together.

"School buildings have now become deserted shells, with abandoned classrooms and learning areas that were once vibrant, engaging and dynamic hives of activity now lying idle.

"An array of beautiful learning resources are eagerly awaiting the return of learners to rejuvenate them to their intended purposes."

However, despite the silence which has descended upon many school buildings, Ms Williams, who graduated from Wrexham Glyndŵr University with an MA in Education, has described the huge amount of work she, her colleagues, and fellow teachers up and down the country are undertaking to ensure children can still be helped to learn at home.

She added: "Teachers are accustomed to being industrious, engaging communicators responding to a continuous assortment of diverse requests with encouragement, empathy and stimulation.

"Now, all are working remotely and energies and commitments are directed towards facilitating learning through technological platforms such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, Dojos, and so on.

"Staff are attempting to predict the wellbeing and needs of the children-excitedly providing feedback, praise and encouragement where possible.

"Colossal efforts are being made to secure the engagement of learners through a range of videos, messages and telephone calls."

Ms Williams stated that she and her fellow teachers are working to ensure children are able to return to school physically, and to try to reach what she has described as a ‘new normal’

She said: "School leaders are working hard to devise strategies and systems that will allow children to return to their schools as safely as possible.

"Security and confidence needs to be available for the school communities to allow a ‘new normal’ to be created.

"Schools are used to adapting and accommodating new policies and procedures as often, they are places where change is the only constant."

Ian Roberts, chief officer for education and early intervention at Wrexham Council, said: "I would like to pass on my thanks to Amanda and to all our teaching staff who have continued to adapt to very different teaching circumstances.

"They are all committed to their profession and are determined to ensure that children across Wrexham have been able to learn whilst they are at home.

"Schools are currently looking how they can re-open schools safely when the time comes and we are all supporting them with this work."

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