20th Apr, 2021

Belbroughton tech firm hires teacher to help staff with home schooling

Harry Leach 19th Jan, 2021

A BELBROUGHTON tech firm has hired a teacher to help its staff home school their children.

CloudThing came up with the idea when a work call was interrupted by children making loud noises in the background.

It made chief operating officer, Stuart Harper, consider the struggles that his staff are going through with this latest lockdown.

It sparked a conversation with cloudThing’s CEO, Jay Neale, about what could be done to help.

The Galtons Lane firm later decided it would hire a teacher to help ease the stress of parents who are trying to work and home school at the same time.

More than 34 members of staff signed up the initiative which sees the children taught virtually over Microsoft Teams by teacher Sonia Kumari.

Ms Kumari will teach the children every week, in morning and afternoon slots, from now until at least February half-term.

She said: “It’s been a great experience so far. I am tailoring my teaching to the needs and wants of individuals.

“I would like to thank everyone at cloudThing for the warm welcome.”

Emma Cowley, head of testing, added: “Everyone loves the idea – here’s hoping other firms in the area pick up this idea to help their staff.”

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