Support for our families during the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic has altered how schools run at this current time and in September, all pupils returned to full-time education. We have created this page to answer any questions or queries you may have.
Covid-19 risk indicator - as of Sunday 8th November.
The government has released guidance for all schools to follow which can be found here and this is updated regularly.
Attending school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we need to ensure all pupils can access learning at all times.
In response to this guidance, the staff and governors of Wincle CE Primary School have completed a comprehensive risk assessment which can be found here.
To ensure that all staff and pupils are kept safe, the school's visitors' policy has been reviewed and adapted in light of the pandemic. This can be found here.
This academic year, the Government has given each school a small amount of additional funding to support them in addressing any gaps in the children’s attainment that may have emerged due to the first national lockdown. Staff have been looking closely at their classes and have each identified a group of children who would benefit from some additional tuition in order to try and address some individual issues. A range of interventions and support has already been put in place and parents notified. We have extended the working hours of our Teaching Assistants so that each class now has at least two members of staff at all times: this allows for more opportunities for intervention and one-to-one support.
Our Approach to Remote Learning
As a staff, we have been working hard to build on our summer term experiences of supporting learning at home. We have been working to develop a clear strategy to support remote learning if a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate due to Coronavirus.
An audit was sent to all families in the summer of 2020 to gain valuable feedback on how we supported our families during school closures. Here were the key findings:
If we have to send children home to isolate, the school will make provision for learning available and accessible to all. We aim to provide remote learning from the second day of absence to allow one working day for the school to set this up for your child. Engagement is compulsory so that, together, we can lessen the impact on learning of the time in school that is lost. Obviously, if a child is too ill to attend, then they are not expected to engage in home learning until they are well enough to do so.
Previously, we have used Zoom to teach pupils remotely, but will be moving to Microsoft Teams from Monday 9th November. We therefore need every household to download Microsoft teams:
Different aspects of remote learning:
Individual/Family Self-Isolation: if a family are in self-isolation but the rest of their class is in school, work will be sent from either the teacher’s school email address or admin’s email each morning. Support from the teacher will be given daily and all work completed is to be either returned electronically or collated in preparation to return when your child returns to school.
Class Self-Isolation: each day will begin with a registration period from 9.00-9.15am on Microsoft Teams. This will provide an opportunity for the teacher to check in with pupils at the start of each day and explain the remote learning plan. A timetable will be issued and the children will receive English and maths lessons in ability groupings via Microsoft Teams. All other work will be completed by the children and returned either electronically or collated in preparation or a return to school.
A copy of an example timetable can be found here.
Access to technology
We know that access to the internet is a challenge for some of our families and we are working to find solutions to this. In some families, this is due to a lack of devices and wi-fi; in others there are parents working from home and multiple siblings managing timetables with only one device. In the short term, paper packs of materials will be provided for any child who does not have access to any technology.
As a school, we are working to tackle these challenges flexibly and constructively. We will keep you informed of new developments and would like to thank you in advance for your support.
During this second national lockdown, we will continue to endeavour to keep school open and as normal as possible for all our children as we agree with the Government that: “It remains very important for children and young people to attend school, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians.”
We are though aware that this will bring with it some challenges over the coming weeks and we hope that you will continue to support us in doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our children, our families and the safety of our staff in school.