NCC Press Release – Praise given to Northumberland’s schools

Schools across Northumberland are being praised for their hard work and dedication over the past 17-weeks, through what can only be described as a ‘crazy time.’

Over 10,000 children have been back in schools across the county, with every key worker who wanted a place for their child getting one since lockdown was announced on March 23.

Councillor Wayne Daley, Cabinet Member responsible for Children’s Services said: “Our educational settings have been outstanding throughout this; they have continued to provide care for our children, aided in homeschooling, and supported our most vulnerable children and young people.

“No one envisaged they would experience a time such as this, but our teachers and support staff have risen to a challenge like no other, and I speak on behalf of the Council when I say, I commend you!”

Northumberland’s 122 first and primary schools, 14 middle schools, seven High schools, and nine Secondary Schools have remained open until the end of the 2019/20 school year.

Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director for Adult and Children’s Services said; “Our schools have all found their own ways to help children return to school whilst also following government guidelines. We know it has not been easy, and every school has faced their own challenges in ensuring a safe and secure environment, but it is through their commitment that children who needed to or could return to school were able to – so, thank you.”

Schools are now closed for the summer holidays and will welcome all year groups back in September. Should parents and carers be concerned about a return to school help and support is available. Access resources online here.

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