Cooking lessons, quizzes and games for Pendle school

A specialist school in Pendle is helping parents throughout the coronavirus lockdown by providing virtual lessons and even food support.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 4:35 pm

The Alternative School, known as TAS, which has a site in the former Barnoldswick Library, has created remote learning packs for families, and is even providing food and support for those in difficult circumstances.

Staff are embracing their skills and live streaming everything from cooking lessons to workouts, as well as delivering daily virtual maths, English and BTEC Topic lessons. Every pupil has also been given a school email address, and are weekly receiving school news, as they would in an assembly, and enjoying quizzes and games.

TAS has been praised by local authority for its continuous good work, going above and beyond their call of duty.

TAS in Barnoldswick

Kirsty Pugh, founder of the group, said: “In these difficult times, we are helping the wider communities to cope by providing food, education, support and safeguarding to a total of 188 families across Lancashire and North Yorkshire, that without us, would certainly pull on other local resources and perhaps get lost in this crisis.”

TAS is an independent school group which specialises in education for young people who do not engage in mainstream education.

Kirsty added: "Many of our pupils are vulnerable, have special educational needs and require that little bit of extra support. During this lockdown, we have had to find creative and alternative ways to support, educate and safeguard our pupils."

One of the Barnoldswick teachers delivering a home learning pack and teaching a virtual maths lesson
The Barnoldswick school's allotment