A Fishwick primary school PTA is fundraising after Covid-19 measures and a lack of government funding meant play equipment is no longer available for all pupils.Advertisement
The Parent Teacher Association from Brockholes Wood Community Primary School has started a GoFundMe page titled Playtime should be FUN time, Support our BUBBLES!
The PTA is aiming to raise £350 so each class can spend £50 on playground equipment.
According to the PTA, being located in a less affluent area meant the school has been particularly badly affected by recent events.
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A spokesperson for the PTA said: “Since returning to school in September, the children have been assigned to their class bubbles meaning they eat, learn and play together.
“Equipment can only be shared between class bubbles if it has been cleaned and quarantined for three days.
“This seriously affects children when it comes to playtime as they are unable to share the limited play equipment that the school has.
“The government has promised extra money to aid catch up academically, but unfortunately sports equipment is seen as non-essential.
“We cannot do our usual fundraising, and as it isn’t a statutory requirement for learning the school is unable to provide the funding.
“Other schools will be in the same boat, but because we had little equipment before, it has had a bigger impact.”
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To support the fundraiser visit the GoFundMe page.
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