Head Teacher Update
24th June 2020 - Head Teacher update
24th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to everyone who was able to respond to the on-line questionnaire. We had a fantastic response and it has been helpful, as hoped, in our planning. Thank you for the overwhelming positive feedback to our staff, which I shall pass on. We all acknowledge how incredibly challenging this season of lock down has been for all our community, not least yourselves. We miss your children and the happy rhythm of school life, and join with you in concern for all that the children are missing. We are wanting to see them back in school, as safely as possible, as soon as possible.
Yesterday the Prime Minister stated that primary and secondary education will recommence in September with full attendance. We have had no details about this yet and the Government have said that further guidance and information will be published in a few weeks. This makes arriving at a point of clarity about what will happen in September, before we break for the summer, very challenging!
I am sure you are all as anxious as we are to have that clarity about the start of term. We will communicate detailed plans as soon as possible, however, at the present moment, we are working tirelessly to plan for 3 potential scenarios:
- Full opening
- Blended learning
- Local lockdown
Your feedback was incredibly helpful for the plans around blended learning. The vast majority of families – over 80% - would prefer regular in-school learning, for example two days per week, rather than in a block less frequently. Therefore our plans for blended learning – both in-school and home learning – will reflect that, should full opening not be possible.
Thank you too for the feedback about what has been helpful to date from our staff team’s approach to supporting home learning and how we might be able to support families better, which we are fervently exploring.
The Board of Trustees have a legal duty to decide on our next steps, and will review all plans, risk assessments and Government guidance on 14th July. This gives us less than 3 weeks to fully develop plans for all scenarios as best we can, whilst awaiting Government guidance and information. We aim to communicate plans with you before we break for the summer on 17th July.
Whatever the scenario in September, we will be closed on 1st and 2nd September for INSET training. This will be training for all staff around the new logistics of keeping children and staff safe in school, and updates to safeguarding legislation and curriculum changes.
Teachers will work with you in September to identify curriculum areas of focus for your child, particularly around the loss that children have experienced in terms of structure, routine, friendships, space and opportunities in school. We want to work with you to ensure that your children not only return to the routine of learning in school, but they additionally have support in areas that you recognise are priorities.
With very best wishes,
Andrew Buckton Sue Hewitt
CEO Enable Trust Headteacher Culverhill School