I had said last week that I would try to get the blog out ealier this week than last. I hope this is helpful to you.
I’d like to start off by saying well done to the young people pictured in the Student of the Week photos enclosed with the social media (Facebook) version of this post. Throughout the lockdown period, I have been so pleased to see certifcates flooding out of the system for good work and also to receive photos back – they do give us such positive feedback as staff!
In terms of the wider situation this week, Year 10 have been welcomed back to site in a really positive way. If your child has returned, please thank them for how they have respected social distancing and taken on board the key points as we prepare for group working next week. When students are on site for their groups, we will work through reflection tasks, review where they are across their subjects and prepare for the following week when we will look to introduce further rotation of teaching staff into our approach.
If you haven’t yet felt confident to return your son or daughter, we understand that there are natural anxieties, but would also ask you to contact us so that we can talk through your situation with you.
Nationally, you may have seen the announcement from the Department for Education that a significant fund has been announced to support catch up in the form of tutoring. We will listen carefully to the formal briefing and review the details before seeing how we can allocate resources where possible.
We have also take an initial delivery of laptops this week. Once they have been set up by our ICT team we will begin distributing these to identified students.
We also have seen more Live Lessons this week and I am working with Heads of Year and Tutors to see how we can do more online tutoring. As I said a few weeks ago, this is an opportunity to develop systems that mean we are ready for any possible “second spike” in the autumn or winter of this calendar year. We know there is still work to be done on Teams and Live Learning, but we are working as quickly as we can!
Finally, I would like to finish, as ever, by wishing you and your family well. Mercifully, cases have been low in Dorset, but our community has been directly affected and I know we have grieving families in our midst. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with you.
God bless you all this weekend