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Virtual School opens for pupils, parents and teachers

Schools are closed but a new online one-stop-shop with teaching and learning resources for parents and teachers in Swansea has opened.


Swansea Virtual School has been created to bring together a collection of links and teaching resources, that have been be compiled by teaching staff and education officers, to ensure the materials are suitable for use by parents and pupils.

There are tips and ideas for those with younger children on how to structure each day to include learning, activities and fun time and also how to talk to them about the coronavirus pandemic and answer questions they might have.

The site is also a guide to resources for pupils of all ages including older pupils in Key Stage 4 and post-16 education.

The website is added to daily and further development is coming, with daily video tasks and lesson introductions, produced by Swansea teachers that have volunteered their expertise.

There is also information for parents or carers of children with additional learning needs and a section for professional development for teachers.

Within the week that it has been live, the bilingual website has received more than 10,000 hits, with more than 1,000 unique visitors and lots of positive feedback from schools.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Learning and Skills, said: "These are unprecedented and extremely challenging times and I'm very grateful to the parents, carers and pupils who have taken on board the government's advice that the safest place to be at the moment if at all possible is at home.

"Swansea Virtual School website has some very useful guidance and advice that will hopefully make life a little easier.

"It also brings together links to learning resources that are available while our schools remain closed."

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