The Scrutiny Committee welcomed education representatives and thanked them on behalf of the Council for all their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The last year has been a huge challenge for all the staff at the district’s schools and colleges who have had to put emergency plans in place to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the 5 January, the Government closed schools across the country, arrangements were made for schools to stay open for children of key workers who are tackling the Covid-19 response, and children who identified as vulnerable.
Local schools and colleges worked hard to make sure students continued to learn during lockdown. Providing students with remote learning allowed them to continue their education and stay safe at home.
Cllr Steve Shaw Wright, Chair of the Scrutiny Committee, said. “I want to thank all the staff at our district’s schools and colleges for the way they have pulled together to ensure students continued to receive the education they deserve. Their hard work and ability to adapt quickly to changes in restrictions throughout the pandemic, has been vital for the children of Selby district.
“I would also like to thank parents and carers for their commitment to home schooling. Following guidance has meant that many people are working from home, the added pressure of home schooling will have no doubt been difficult.”
Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, who attended the meeting said: “I was pleased to share with the Scrutiny Committee how Selby College has supported its students and communities over the past year and the successes we have collectively achieved. We were delighted in this difficult period to have completed £1m of capital investment, including in our Institute of Technology facilities, had the support of Drax Power in our strategic partnership and begun working with Siemens Mobility.”
Tim Moat, Director of Communications and Development at Ebor Academy Trust which run many academies throughout the Selby district added. "We also welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss education strategy with colleagues from across the sector. It is of enormous benefit to learners that those responsible for our schools have this overview and it emphasises our belief that progress is best achieved by working together.”
Jane Le Sage, Assistant Director for Inclusion at North Yorkshire County Council Children’s and Young People’s Service. ‘We are always pleased to attend Scrutiny Committee meetings to ensure strong communication between districts and the county council. We discussed the strong partnership approach to supporting schools and settings during the pandemic and shared updates on the positive and exciting developments for mainstream and specialist provision in the area. This included an update on the Selby special free school, targeted mainstream provision in Selby and the primary school expansion works at Hambleton, Sherburn Hungate and Staynor Hall.’
Following the Governments roadmap many students have returned to school safely last week. To make sure students and staff stay safe PEE precautions have been put in place by the individual schools and colleges. As well as the use of lateral flow tests which will help identify any asymptomatic cases and prevent the spread of the virus.