SAT schools have shared highlights of the 2019-20 Spring and Summer terms.
In ordinary years, Spencer Academies Trust practice is to share summer highlights, celebrating the hard work and love of learning shown by children and young people across our schools. In 2020 we have decided to do things differently, and in place of an annual summary, to focus on some of the ways that Trust academies went above and beyond during the initial Covid-19 response.
The result is a snapshot of how SAT academies had risen to meet the challenges of coronavirus by summer 2020.
For example, in one Trust secondary alone, nearly half a million Google classroom logins were created by pupils and staff between March and July 2020.
The Trust’s only special school, St Giles in Derby, played an important national role. St Giles teachers led the development of free online specialist lessons as part of the Oak National Academy – the online school created by teachers in response to Covid-19, and supported by the Department for Education.
All of our schools took an active role in understanding and responding to community need. From hand-delivered food parcels for sheltering families to translating community public health materials, we are proud of how hard SAT schools have worked for students and families.
Parents will be aware that expectations of schools have continued to grow in the months since this snapshot was produced. From preparation for remote learning to new models of safeguarding and well-being, Trust schools are continuing to refine approaches and new modes of working.