The pandemic has exposed problems that already existed - the digital divide, the academic attainment gap and the importance of a stable and secure home learning environment. Addressing these challenges has always been the focus of Ark’s work - but the pandemic makes our job harder.
We were able to respond quickly to the immediate needs of our students and schools during lockdowns and school closures. We now need to do everything we can to meet the changing needs of our students and schools. We are:
- Expanding mental health support in our schools by offering additional days of art and play therapy and more counselling sessions.
- Training teachers in mental health first aid, emotional literacy and trauma informed training to ensure they can spot and signpost students who need specialist support.
- Providing teachers with the tools and resources they need to identify gaps in student learning and deliver the most effective lessons, with a focus on maths and English.
- Making sure that every student aged 7 upwards has a device so they can work effectively, whatever situation.
Our core mission to provide educational opportunities to all, whatever their background, has never been more important.
If you are able to, please consider supporting our continuing Covid-19 response work so we can meet the ongoing needs of our students and schools.