18 January 2021 (by girlington)
18th January 21 Dear parents, You will all know by now that the government have announced a full lockdown which comes into force at midnight tonight. I am writing to let you know that we are still here to help.
During the next few days we will be contacting you about remote learning, help with devices, free school meals and food provision.
As a head teacher I feel devastated that we have had to enter another lockdown and school has had
to close for the majority of pupils. We already know that following the last lockdown in March, many
pupils fell behind with their learning. We are going to do everything we can to make sure that
children can keep on learning whether they are at home or at school.
Some children have been contacted today as they fall into one of the categories that the
government have identified as needing a place in school during the current lockdown.
This time the government have issued some strict guidance about what schools must provide during
this lock down. This is very different to the lockdown in March where we were asked to provide
childcare and home learning.
This is what the government document says;
Education is not optional.
Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built
incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised
in each subject.
Use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources
and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations.
Set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and
as a minimum: 3 hours a day..
Have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work,
and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern.
We need your help if you are learning at home.
Get your child up at the same time each day.
Ensure they go onto the school website and complete the learning for their year group.
Communicate through email about the learning they have completed.
Contact us if you are having any problems completing the work (this may be because you do
not have enough devices or no internet or it may be because your child is refusing).
For those children who have been asked to come into school, they must come each day. If your child
does not attend we will follow up absences in the usual way.
Mrs Kathryn Swales