Dear Parent (s) / Carer(s),
I hope you and your families are well and coping in these difficult times of social distancing and home learning. I thought it would be a good idea to give you all an update as we approach the Easter holidays. We need to give a huge thank you for your support and the lovely emails that we have received, thank you. It means such a lot to know that we are all in this together, none of us received any training for such testing times. We are all living in a strange unknown world at the moment.
With that in mind over the next two weeks staff will not be required to set work for students in the way they have previously been doing through ClassCharts. This is to allow for staff to shut off from work requirements for their own mental health during this difficult time and to safeguard them and their family time.
However to support families at home, to maintain structure, and support your wellbeing I have included two alternative model timetables for the Easter period for you to utilise.
Also Young Enterprise have produced the resources shared in the below link available for children and families to look at Money Matters for all age ranges. Young Enterprise – Parent Toolkit
I would like to signpost children to age appropriate practical support and highlight the below reporting routes should you have any concerns over what your child what your child is accessing on the internet over this period.
- Childline – for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre – to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP – for advice on making a report about online abuse
As a parents and carers you may have chosen to supplement the academy online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors, please ensure this support is from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. Can I highlight the below resources for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
- Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers
Many of these links are already provided on our Safeguarding page on the website as we frequently share helpful resources in this section.
You will have heard in the media about the government launching e-vouchers for families who qualify for free school meals. We are still waiting for information on how this process will work but please be assured that you will receive further communication from us if you currently qualify for Free School Meals as soon as we have it to ensure you are supported.
Please be aware that there are currently free school meal voucher scams requesting bank account information – please verify the source of this request, if you are unsure, please contact the academy (email@example.com) as soon as possible to make us aware of this. All official communication will be posted on our academy website, official Facebook page, and official Twitter page.
If your circumstances have changed and you feel you may now qualify please access the local authority website to download the application form via the links below:
May I thank all of our parents who are still going out to work supporting the NHS and other critical roles for all that they are doing too. We have a number of front line NHS workers and we are here to offer support and supervision of your child(ren) during this period – please can I take the opportunity to remind you to email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your specific days as soon as you are aware with your changing rotas so that we have the appropriate staff coverage, please stay safe, we admire you immensely with all that you are doing for others.
I will update you all sometime after Easter as I hear any other news to share. Please accept that we are all trying our best but there will be further interruptions / changes along the way.
I wish you all well.
Take care and stay safe
Head of School