You will have been following the government’s announcements and be aware that YR, Y1 and Y6 may possibly be offered a place in school from 1st June, depending on various criteria being met.
I am working with local heads and DDAT to establish how this may look moving forwards. There are many protective factors that we are considering, including using more classrooms and having less pupils in each one. In order to meet the 2m social distancing requirements, most classrooms can only accommodate between 8 to 10 pupils depending on the ages of the children and the layout. We also have to consider how we will staff this, whilst continuing to manage remote learning for other pupils.
So, there are many challenges, but comprehensive planning is going on. Whilst we will do whatever we can to ensure that social distancing and hygiene are paramount, I don’t need to explain to you that, for younger children, keeping 2m apart is virtually impossible.
Sending your child to school is optional, and there will be no fines for non-attendance. In order for us to plan, it would be helpful to know how many of you intend – at this stage – to take up the offer of a place. Once we have this information, we will be able to make decisions on whether all, or only some, of our pupils can be accommodated. At this stage, if every child wanted a place, we would not be able to offer this, but I suspect that some of you will not want to do this.
Please complete the survey on the link below by Monday 18thMay at 9pm. It is a generic one, so ignore the bit about Nursery, and it would be very useful if – when asked to leave your name – you put your CHILD’S NAME.
I will send out further details in due course, including what measures we will take to ensure safety as much as possible, but for now, an idea of numbers would be extremely helpful:
Fantastic opportunity for parents!
We are please to announce another exciting opportunity to support learning. We recognise that many parents are struggling to support the teaching of mathematics at home as things have changed so much since they were in school. In partnership with DDAT, Sarah Gent is planning to deliver several masterclasses to support parents in the teaching of mathematics. All sessions will give tips & ideas on how to encourage resilience, independence and positivity when working with children at home. The sessions can be booked online through the DDAT website from noon today! There is no charge for parents attending these virtual events although donations to JustGiving supporting ‘NHS Charities Together’ will be welcome. To read the flyer containing further information on the masterclasses click here.