Some pupils dropped a reading age due to first lockdown say a Cambridgeshire school

A school in Cambridgeshire has been telling ITV News Anglia about the support they are giving students to make up for so many months off school.

Littleport and East Cambs Academy say some children dropped a reading age during school closures.

They've brought in a full-time youth worker sees up to 8 children a day for counselling. 

The pupils cannot mix between year group bubbles, but they say it's a small price to pay after the isolation of the first lockdown.

Safety measures also include wearing masks in communal areas or lessons like drama, and frequent hand sanitation.  

To avoid mass movement around the school, each bubble stays in the same classroom for the entire day, with a break for lunch and to stretch their legs.

Teachers say it's made PE an even more important part of the curriculum.

Oliver Hughes, head of PE said:

The issue with the lockdown at the moment is that we have no organised sport. A lot of these children at the weekend would be out playing football or another sport and that's not happening, neither is the training. So school sport at the moment is so vital for them.

Oliver Hughes, head of PE

So far the school has only had one Covid case.

We're making the best of what is a very tricky situation but we know we will come through it and hopefully, in the new year when the vaccine gets rolled out there'll be light at the end of the tunnel and that's what we keep telling the staff - this won't be forever.

Scott Gaskins, headteacher