Severn View Academy is a primary school in Gloucester. The school, based in Stroud has a high percentage of Free School Meal pupils and has a large proportion of pupils on pupil premium sitting at 83 per cent.
Lockdown, like any other school in the country, has massively impacted us. During the first lockdown our school found it difficult to adjust to the new changes rolled out as we saw the effects of the pandemic take hold. We struggled to adapt and this led to us finding many gaps in our pupils’ learning.
However, during this latest lockdown and the move to remote learning we have improved greatly. We have improved our virtual learning for pupils and really ramped up engagement. We are now seeing massively improved levels of engagement amongst our pupils with 83 – 90 per cent attendance.
Accessing the NTP
Before the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) came along we had never been able to access any kind of tutoring. The main barrier has always been the cost of high-quality tutoring. As a school we haven’t been able to fund it.
Following the first lockdown we felt like the NTP was a really great opportunity to offer our pupils extra support that not only compliments the teachers work and efforts in the classroom, but also provides vital support to bridge the gaps in learning that came from the first lockdown.