As you will be aware, the government announced earlier this week its ambition for a limited number of learners to return to schooling from June.
The DfE has released initial guidance to schools in which the focus seems to be on a gradual, phased return for some primary school students with “secondary schools and colleges to offer some face-to-face support for children and young people in year 10 and year 12 to supplement their remote education.” The guidance goes on to say; “This will not be a return to full timetables or pupils back in school full time, rather some support to supplement pupils’ remote education.”
This places an emphasis upon learners who will be facing public examinations next year. We do understand that this may be disappointing to parents and learners from other year groups and we would like to reassure them that the arrangement for remote education that we have made will be continuing in full.
Whilst we are keen to get up and running with the support for children and young people in Year 10 and 12, our immediate priority has to be to protect the safety of our learners, parents, staff and the wider community. At this point in time we are awaiting further advice and guidance from the DfE and teacher representatives on how this can best be achieved and we will be in touch again when we have clarity on this.
In the meantime, I would like to emphasise again how important it is that learners continue to work hard on the materials provided for their remote learning as far as is possible. I would also like to thank you all for your commitment to supporting your children with this. I know from personal experience just how hard it can be to balance your own work commitments with helping your children. The school will be releasing the next set of Knowledge Organisers for Year 7 and Year 8 in the next week and they should be with you for after half-term. At the same time, we will ensure that they will all be available on the home learning tab on our website.
Finally, I would like to thank all involved in the Keeping in Touch phone calls. I know how well they have been received by you all and our staff have really welcomed the opportunity to talk to all our parents. We are already into the second round of these calls but if there is anything you would like to ask or raise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch before then. In the meantime, please do continue to take good care of yourselves and each other.
Paul Gamble Headteacher