Following government announcements in June and July, all GLF’s schools are planning to reopen in September to all children and students.
The government has set out its expectations and guidance for schools operating from September, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirusoutbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools It applies to all primaries, secondaries and school-based nurseries.
Taking into account the government’s advice and the need to balance the ongoing risks of Covid19 against the importance of children returning to school, the Trust has agreed three key objectives to guide our planning:
During the summer term, all GLF schools have planned how they will deliver the best education provision while following the recommended safety precautions. They have developed detailed plans and risk assessments, and put in place practical measures to minimise the risks from Covid19, including:
These measures may mean changes to usual school routines, including:
Each school has planned to respond to their own local circumstances, and the specific measures relevant to your child will be communicated directly by your school.
All parents are asked to pay particular attention to travel arrangements to and from school, to avoid public transport wherever possible, and to ensure they follow the latest government directions on the use of face coverings. You should also ensure that your child does not attend school if they are unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19 as they will be sent home. This information is correct as of 21 August 2020. If you have any queries please contact your child's school in the normal way.
Remote Learning Plan
In order to ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of full closure, bubble closure and self-isolation, Warren Mead Infant and Junior School has developed the following plan. This plan offers remote learning opportunities whilst also acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and require paper copies of work and resources.
This plan will be applied in the following instances:
An individual/number of children is self-isolating because of a positive test within the household or symptoms.
A whole bubble or cohort is self-isolating because of an outbreak of coronavirus
Short term whole school closure except for childcare provision for key worker children
The plan complies with the expectations and principles outlined in the DFE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools.
Use of Covid-19 Catch-up Funding
The government has announced a catch-up premium, equivalent to £80 per pupil, for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
The guidance on the use of funding states that "although all children have had their education disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is likely that disadvantaged and vulnerable groups will have been hardest hit".
Each school is responsible for allocating this money in order to meet specific, identified areas for focus - such as those relating to learning, assessment, intervention strategies and pastoral needs, in order to help reduce the impact of Covid-19 on children's learning.
As such, every school leadership team are creating a plan to show how this funding is being spent, the reasons for these decisions and the intended impact. This plan will be found on the school's website. School Standards Boards and the GLF Trust will review each school's expenditure in order to oversee reporting on impact.