We’re working hard to share our plans to open the school to more pupils through the summer term, and will be keeping this section of our website up to date with the latest information. Keep checking back for the latest updates.
Latest News – Looking Ahead to September
The government have outlined their intentions for ALL pupils to go back to school in September. It is still unclear as to what protective measures schools will have to put in place for then. Under current guidance, schools should have bubbles of no more than 15 pupils. This is to limit the mixing of pupils at school to reduce the potential transmission of coronavirus. Speaking at the daily press briefing last Friday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that the government will look into expanding bubbles to include whole classes so all pupils can return in September. Mr Williamson said that further guidance for schools on wider reopening from September would be published next week. As ever, we will make sure you’re fully informed when the guidance is released.
The government also announced last week that they are rolling out a hugely ambitious £1 billion “catch-up” package to directly tackle the impact of lost teaching time. As plans continue for a full return from September, they have announced funding for the 2020/21 academic year:
- £650 million will be shared across state primary and secondary schools and school leaders and staff will have the flexibility to decide how to use this funding to best support their pupils and their outcomes.
- A £350 million National Tutoring Programme will increase access to high-quality tuition for the most disadvantaged young people. This will help accelerate their academic progress and prevent the gap between them and their more affluent peers widening.
We don’t yet know the formula for how this funding will be distributed but the news is very pleasing to hear and will feature heavily in our recovery programme for next year.
An update from The Department of Education: 18th May 2020
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, schools have responded with quiet determination.
Schools have not been closed. They have remained open for the children who have needed our support and care, including the children of key workers. Teachers and leaders have in many cases worked harder than any point in their professional lives as they have sought to support home learning and to ensure that those families who needed it, had food. Parents too have been magnificent in attempting to support their children’s learning while in many cases, also trying to continue to work.
But these arrangements cannot continue indefinitely, for two reasons:
1) Because prolonged absence from school is concerning academically, socially – and for some children, from a welfare and safety perspective; and
2) Because the long-term impact of a deep recession, particularly on the poorest families, will be very damaging.
It is important to balance the public health risks in the short term (related to the transmission of the virus) with longer term public health considerations. If a child loses out on the basics of education, this can have an impact on that child across their whole lives, their economic prosperity and long-term health. Children benefit hugely from being at school. So, we need to take steps towards opening schools more widely.
Please click on the links below for the latest government guidance about the wider reopening of schools from 1 June.
All instructions and resources for home learning can be accessed via the links below. These will be updated on a weekly basis. Please contact your child’s class teacher for any further support via email should you need it.
Mr Attwood’s Virtual Sports Day Challenge!
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We have put into place a number of procedures to help ensure the safety of pupils, parents and staff. We appreciate your support in this matter. Details of these procedures can be found in the documentation below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so keep checking back for the latest details.
We have made amendments to some of our existing policies in light of updated government guidance. These can be accessed below. Please note that this information is subject to change, so please check back for the latest details.
Here are links to other resources, which you may find useful to access at this time.