COVID-19: Keeping children and young people learning during school closures.


Cardiff Council has established a dedicated team to support schools in providing a host of digital materials and innovative online schemes so that curriculum can continue to be delivered during school closures caused by COVID-19.

To date, online support services for teachers have been set up to include awebsite for teachers to access advice and support around distance learning and a google classroom and WhatsApp group for teachers to share information and resources with each other.

A team of ICT Co-ordinators have been recruited to help support all Cardiff schools in online learning via a virtual classroom and all schools have made work available online for their pupils and parents to access, largely via the hwb platform.

In addition, Cardiff e-learning service, Cardiff Commitment and the youth service are working together to provide a platform for young people to stay connected and share learning experiences during school closures.

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "During this exceptionally challenging time, it is essential that our children and young people can continue to learn and remain engaged in education.

"Our Education team is working around the clock to implement innovative ways for teachers to maintain a remote educational offer for all children. As well as supporting and strengtheninga number of online platforms which are already used effectively across the city, a number of new approaches are being developed tosupport our schools and their staff so that they can continue to deliver as best they can."

"As the situation changes daily, we will continue to monitor thearrangements for schools regularly. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work which is going on behind the scenes to find solutions under these very demanding circumstances."