Newport City Homes and Jehu Group to Support Maindee Primary School’s Online and Distant Learning Plans

Newport City Homes and Jehu Group have donated £3,600 to Maindee Primary School in Newport to support their online and distant learning plans.

Since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak schools have found themselves in a position where usual methods of learning are no longer the norm. Schools have had to re-think how lessons will be delivered and technology is playing a big part in this change.

Rhiannon Hunt, Family & Community Engagement Officer at Maindee Primary school said: “When adjusting to the new normal for education, and as schools eventually reopen, this funding will allow us to purchase devices 18 tablets that can be used in school to raise the standards of teaching and learning.”

Nigel Crawford, Operations Director Jehu South West commented: “As we build another exciting development with Newport City Homes at Coverack Road in Newport, we have recently faced challenges in adapting the way we work in construction due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we are seeing a shift from face to face communication to a technology led position.

Covid-19 has put significant pressures on both parents and businesses to adapt to a new way of working and delivering the educational needs of the next generation and technology is leading the way in connecting parents and pupils with their school during these challenging times. Jehu South West in partnership with Newport City Homes are pleased to be able to support Maindee Primary School by donating funding to secure 18 tablets that will help provide the vital link between the school, the pupils and parents as the school adapts to the new challenges of a delivering education in the future.

Maindee Primary School is a large inner city school with high levels of deprivation, with many of the pupils being digitally excluded in recent weeks resulting in a lack of access to education provided by the school and a lack of interaction with their peers. These extra devices would be invaluable to help the school meet the needs of these pupils, by ensuring they have devices to support learning that takes place in school and learning that takes place at home.

In helping schools to adjust to the ‘new normal’ of education, an increased number of devices would support teaching and learning that takes place in the school.  21st Century Learning will have a greater priority on the curriculum than ever before in readiness to prepare pupils to fully access distance learning in the event of further lockdown measures.

Matthew Davies, Executive Director for Development at Newport City Homes, said:

“Since January, we’ve been working with Jehu to build 76 new affordable housing apartments at Coverack Road. We know our construction work can sometimes cause disruption to the communities we work in, so we work with local groups and organisations to give something back to our neighbours and local communities.

We’re delighted to support Maindee Primary school staff and pupils by investing in their online and distance learning plans during this very challenging time.”

Schools have had to quickly develop innovative systems to meet the challenge that the Coronavirus has presented in terms of the education and wellbeing of their pupils. Regular communication through online platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom and Seesaw has allowed teachers to check in on pupils on a weekly basis. However, a lack of technology has made this difficult for many pupils.

Where necessary, the schools have followed up with Home Visits and phone calls, however, to build a more sustainable system going forwards, online access will be crucial.

Rhiannon Hunt concluded; “We are over the moon to receive this funding from Newport City Homes and Jehu, it’s going to make a real difference to our students, enhancing their learning in class and at home. It will also help us to close the attainment gap on digital competency.”

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