Newsletter – 8 May
10th May, 2020
Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
Thank you to so many of you who have signed up to Teams and are now working closely with our teachers to continue the work set for your children. We have had some very positive feedback and pupils have been booking in their own video calls with their friends to go through work together and collaborate. Such meetings are supervised by at least 1 adult and are working very well.
Now that so much of the nation’s children are working online, I’d like to share with you the web address of a hub for parents which takes you through online safety and how to ensure that your children are always safe when working like this.
It shows you how to remain safe on so many different social media or information sites. The website is included in the ‘useful links’ box on our website so that it is easy for you to access.
I know that, like all of us in school, you are eagerly awaiting news from central government about the easing of lockdown. The following advice has just been released in the form a blog from the Department for Education in the last half hour (at this time of writing it’s Thursday 7th May 20, 13:50):
‘Schools are closed to all but the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. The Secretary of State has been clear that this will remain the case until the scientific advice says it is safe to do otherwise.’
The NEU has today (7 May) said it will be vital for the Government to gain the trust of parents before schools reopen to all pupils, while a survey from the charity Parentkind suggests 9 in 10 parents would be unhappy with schools reopening soon after lockdown ends.
Yesterday (6 May) there was speculation that an announcement would be made on reopening schools either today or over the weekend. The Sun, Telegraph, Guardian, and Mirror all run pieces about schools reopening with different angles as outlined above.
Our position remains clear that no date has been set for the reopening of schools to all pupils.
A DfE spokesperson said:
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has not set a date for schools reopening.
Schools will remain closed, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, until the scientific advice indicates it is the right time to re-open and the five tests set out by Government to beat this virus have been met.
We are also working closely with the sector as we consider how to reopen schools, nurseries and colleges and will ensure everyone has sufficient notice to plan and prepare.’ (Blog: Education in the Media – school speculation. 7.5.2020)
As always, I will continue to let you know any new developments as soon as they happen.
Click here to view the work the children have been upto this week.