MP visits Basildon school

Stephen Metcalfe, MP, visited Lincewood School in Langdon Hills and discussed the return to fully opening up after coronavirus restrictions.

The member of Parliamant for South Basildon & East Thurrock discussed, with the school head teacher Mrs Braithwaite, about catching up with lost work and ensuring that pupils did not fall behind.

In addition, he spoke about issues around social interaction as many children have missed out on ‘normal’ school life – sharing assemblies, playing together in whole school settings as opposed to year bubbles and learning to socialise as well as learn.

Mr Metcalfe said: “There is no substitute for face-to-face classroom education and that is why I support Mrs. Braithwaite taking the decision to open back up fully.

“It is vital that pupils at a young age, not only learn but also are able to socialise and grow their emotional intelligence as well as their academic intellect – this cannot be done virtually.

“Now we are seeing schools opening up fully we can get back to delivering the high level of education that our young people deserve.”

Mick Ferris

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