1st May 2020
10 May 2020
Listening to the announcement tonight, I am excited to hear the news that from 1st June we are able to begin phasing years reception, 1 and 6 back into school. We have already been thinking deeply about how we can begin to open our schools further whilst protecting the health of staff and children. A great challenge! We are very fortunate in that we are working closely with schools within the Local Learning Hub, supporting one another and planning a co-ordinated approach across the city.
Currently, we are waiting for further detailed guidance from the DFE that we have been assured will be with us later this week. It is then that we will be in a position to carry out the necessary risk assessments and arrange for extending our federation opening. We are drafting a recovery curriculum and reviewing our Health and Well-being Strategy to ensure that the children receive the support they need to reintegrate into school positively after a pro-longed period at home under these unusual circumstances.
Over the past couple of weeks, the children have continued to access their home learning whilst a small number of pupils have been attending school. It has been great to see how creatively families have engaged in the activities set and the close partnership that has developed between parents, children and teachers. For most of our children, this will continue, possibly until the end of the academic year, whilst others may be attending school on a part-time basis.
We have decided to send out a simple parent survey later this week, which we would really appreciate you completing. With 5 key questions, it will only take a few minutes, but will help us to evaluate our response to the pandemic so far and to inform how we take things forward. I wish to thank you in advance for taking the time to do this.
I have been incredibly busy over the last couple of weeks, employing new staff and working in partnership with the school leaders to plan our next steps as a federation. Next week, we have an extraordinary governors meeting where a transition plan will be agreed and then shared with staff and our wider school community. All plans will be drafted with the understanding that they will need to be responsive as the situation progresses. There are no certainties at this time!
As the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says
“Let’s remember that we are in this together. Let’s look after ourselves and our communities, gain courage from each other, and walk together in hope and faith.”
As it says in Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
I hope that you are well and send you my best wishes,
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