As thousands of children in England began returning to school yesterday (1 June), the Department of Education has released an ad that thanks all those who have kept learning going during lockdown.
This week sees the beginning of the government’s phased re-opening of schools in England, with nursery, reception, year one and year six returning from Monday.
The decision to allow certain children to return to school has been met with concern and skepticism, with government advisors vocalising their unease over the decision to loosen lockdown restrictions.
As such, around one million children are estimated to continue to stay at home due to on-going concerns over the spread of coronavirus.
However, in order to highlight the hard work, dedication, and ingenuity shown by teachers and parents alike while children have been forced to learn at home, the Department of Education worked alongside Havas London to create ‘Lockdown Lessons‘.
The spot was created using real-life footage that was captured by teachers and parents as they, and their children, have adapted to remote learning and homeschooling.
Chloe Saklow, deputy director for teaching: customer and brand at the Department for Education said: “Thank you to everyone who has kept our children learning whilst schools have been closed.
“Teachers, parents, and carers have all stepped up, helping to ensure our children’s education was able to continue. As schools open to more pupils, we wanted to celebrate these everyday heroes and say ‘thank you’ to them for all they have done.”