BENTON Park School in Rawdon has been praised for providing live online lessons when it had to close for a day because of an issue with its water supply.

Yorkshire Party Leader Bob Buxton said: “Despite the unforeseen closure, Benton Park provided one or two lessons for each pupil via Microsoft Teams, maintaining a sense of routine and normality for students. Unlike merely setting work, live online lessons provide social interaction and instant help from teachers.

“We all hope schools can remain open but if it becomes absolutely necessary for them to close, as some statistics suggest it might, then Benton Park – along with schools who’ve done similar – has set a fine example to follow.”

Dr Buxton teaches engineering apprentices in Bradford and switched to an online timetable during the first lockdown and again in October after catching Covid-19. He has called for live online lessons to be used when schools have to close and called on the Government to provide training and funding for IT equipment.