Message to education leaders from the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson

As schools and colleges welcome all children and young people back this week, I wanted to write to all of you to express my sincere thanks for all of your hard work.

During my visits to 3 schools in the last week, I have been extremely impressed by the continuing commitment, resolve and dedication of staff and pupils.

I have seen for myself the amazing job that schools and colleges are doing in the face of the unprecedented demands we are all dealing with as a result of the pandemic.

Leaders, teachers, support staff and all those who are essential to the running of schools and colleges have worked tirelessly to provide both face-to-face provision for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, alongside remote education for those who have had to stay at home. Some, including early years, special schools and alternative provision settings, have remained open to all of their pupils throughout.

I know that, in addition, a huge amount of work has gone into preparations for the full return, with schools and colleges up and down the country getting ready to welcome pupils back to the classroom. This includes the incredibly impressive testing operations that have been set up across secondary schools and colleges.

From speaking with parents, pupils, teachers, leaders, unions and other sector representatives, I know the lengths you have gone, to implement and maintain vital measures to minimise risks and help to make sure that children and young people get the education they deserve.

I am extremely thankful to you and your staff. It is thanks to you that the country is able to begin step 1 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The children and young people at your schools and colleges are our shared future. I am very grateful for all you have done for them over these past long weeks and months. My very best wishes for the weeks ahead.

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Secretary of State for Education

Guess the reading teacher game

It is World Book Day on Thursday…why not have a go at playing ‘Guess the Reading Teacher’! – what an interesting selection of books they have chosen! We will share the answers to the game later in the week! Enjoy!


Virtual Library

Welcome to Raddlebarn’s Virtual Library – we are sad that our actual library is not open at the moment but creating a virtual library has certainly cheered us up. Feel free to browse around and choose any book to read or listen to – all you have to do is click on the book cover in the library and it will direct you to the website to listen or read. Enjoy!

Raddlebarns Virtual Library