27 April 2020
Even when schools are largely closed, teachers across the region are working hard to support their school communities.
Starbank School is a three-site school for all ages in Yardley. While the Hob Moor Road site is currently open for children who have parents that are key workers, the school is still finding ways to unite the whole school community.
Starbank School is working with the Star Academies network to share useful resources and creative prompts for children who are currently learning from home. Parents are also sharing photos of the home-schooling experience to share ideas and inspiration.
Vulnerable children and families are receiving calls on a weekly basis from staff to ensure everyone is safe and well, checking on the families' well-being. Parents are being supported with accessing free school meal vouchers and the Family and Community Engagement team have been liaising with food banks to ensure no child goes hungry. Working with ISRA UK, Salma Food Bank and Daarul-Jannah Masjid, the school have organised food parcels for those families who are unable to get out due to self-isolation.
Starbank School are just one example of a school community staying united despite the lockdown restrictions, and proof that care goes far beyond the curriculum.
Thank you to Georgina Johnstone, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Birmingham Police Partnerships Team, for sharing this story.