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Cornish headteacher speaks out over school closures

Cornish headteacher speaks out over school closures

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:58am 20th March 2020.

A headteacher from Cornwall has spoken out as schools close across the UK over the coronavirus pandemic.

Lessons for children of so-called "key workers" will still go ahead though, that includes the likes of NHS staff, police and delivery drivers.

Meantime GCSE and A-Level exams have been cancelled. It has not yet been confirmed how students will get their grades.

Now millions of pupils across the country could be off school for months.

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Sarah Matthews is the headteacher at Truro High School for Girls.

She has told Pirate FM how they have created an online virtual school so pupils can attend lessons from home.

These will be taught by their usual teachers and will even allow for things like experiments to be carried out in lessons.

Essentially lessons will be a live stream which are also recorded

"The announcement from the government was entirely expected, and we were ready for it.

"We've been preparing our parents, girls and teaching staff to just simply move our lessons online. We're ready to move forward with our learning.

"There will be a significant impact of course, the best thing about school is that the children get to spend time with each other, it's the extra curricular activities, and it means things like concerts and even our prom might not to be able to go ahead

"But actually the impact on learning will be minimal, because we are running our lessons in a virtual school online with the teachers present.

"We've been training our teachers and students over the past couple of weeks, they're really excited about, I think the thing they're most excited about is that they can still see and hear each other, it means they can still have that contact, which is really important when you're a teenage girl.

Sarah Matthews, Headteacher at Truro High School for Girls

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The Prime Minister made the announcement that the schools will close during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The schools will shut their gates from Friday 'until further notice' but it is not yet known how long this is likely to last for.

"We anticipate that it's going to happen for quite some time, the plans we're putting in place at the moment probably assume that the government are anticipating a lockdown that runs until the summer, because of the news about exams being cancelled.

"But we know that we have to do whatever we have to do."

Sarah Matthews, Headteacher at Truro High School for Girls

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