|E-newsletter #71 Friday 8th January 2021|
A Short Summary Of A Long Week
First of all, many thanks to those of you who have provided helpful feedback, kind words of support and who have excercised patience and understanding as our school and wider community navigate this incredibly challenging period of time. Your support at a time of national emergency is particularly well-received and I am so grateful to all of those who have taken the time to support our school effort.
Before I talk about this week, if I cast my mind back to last weekend, it is worth noting that not a single member of our staff team opted to follow the strong and persuasive joint Teaching Union advice which was to refuse to report for whole class teaching at the start of term. Balancing health concerns and increased personal risk of Covid-19 infection alongside an overwhelming commitment to return to work, staff uanimously opted for the latter and school was fully prepared for the expected whole school return of pupils on Tuesday. With Monday evening's announcement, our combined efforts immediately switched towards the complicated dual arrangements of remote learning and face-to-face teaching. The summary below provides a glimpse of where we find ourselves barely 72 hours into this new lockdown.
School staff are adjusting quickly and positively to this new way of working and are falling into a pattern of teaching for whole days, providing feedback to children on remote work submissions, responding to an increased volume of parent emails, delivering live Teams video calls and planning for subsequent learning grids.
When teachers have full day teaching commitments or when they have allocated time for planning new Learning Grids, they will not have capacity to respond fully to the work that children submit from home on that same day. Instead, they will acknowledge receipt of the work by contacting children directly before responding in more detail on their next, non-teaching day.
Miss Jenkinson and Miss Hillman are sharing the teaching responsibility for the the KS1 and EYFS class. Mrs Gookey, Miss Steed and Mrs French share the KS2 class. Your child's class teacher remains your first port of call for enquiries relating to remote learning.
Staffing timetables are likely to change each week but, next week, teachers are allocated as follows:
Key Worker Form
You can access the Key Worker Form for WB 11th January here.
You may be aware that the DfE is under pressure to review it's guidance for Key Worker pupils in light of the unprecedented take up of places nationally. Some schools are reporting that they are running at 60-70% of their total capacity which may ultimately mitigate the safety benefits of school closures. The Local Authority are raising this issue with the DfE. They are keen for schools to remind parents that, even for those children of key workers, pupils should still remain at home whenever they possibly can.
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