Covid-19 Contingency Plan

Covid-19 Contingency Plan 

Since Covid-19 first forced us to close last academic year, we have continued to reflect on the best way forward for our learners. The Government are urging schools to develop a ‘blended learning’ approach to provision (a combination of face-to-face learning and pupils working independently from home). Research shows that this is an effective way for pupils to learn and as such this has formed the model for our plans.

 

In particular, our approach encourages our pupils to develop into Responsible, Reflective and Resilient learners. It is perhaps more important than ever that we encourage these key learning habits, as the ability to tackle difficult problems independently will be central to their success as they progress through our school and beyond. We spend much time championing these “3Rs” of learning, and it would be remiss if these did not form the basis of our provision in school and at home. It is reassuring to witness how many pupils have improved their skills as independent, and in particular resilient, learners during these last few months.

 

Self-isolation for individual pupils

Occasionally, individual pupils may be instructed by medical professionals, or by government guidance, to self-isolate for a period of up to 14 days. In these circumstances, the following protocols will be observed: 

  • Paper based self-isolation packs are provided by staff from the full range of subjects.

  • Presuming that the pupil feels well enough, they should complete these packs.

  • This work should be enough to last for the 14 days of self-isolation. If a pupil completes all of the work provided, parents are welcome to contact the school office to request more.

  • Pupils can return individual pieces of work to teachers on their return for feedback, which may be given verbally. Teachers will also be available by email if pupils need support.

 

Where a pupil’s absence extends beyond the initial two week self-isolation period, teachers will set extra work through Go4Schools for that individual. This will enable their learning to be linked to the current learning in class.


Self-isolation for a class or group of pupils

If Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Education instruct us that a smaller group of pupils, such as a form group, need to self-isolate, the following protocols will be observed. It is important to note that colleagues will be teaching nearly full timetables in school so will not be as widely available as they were during full lockdown.

  • Teachers will set work relevant to their schemes of work for their class on Go4Schools.

  • Teachers who teach tutor groups will provide online classes (History, Geography, French, Computing, Science, Music).

  • Colleagues who teach in sets/groups that are not form groups (for example, in English, Maths, DT and some French) will still be teaching the remaining pupils in their group. They will set work on Go4Schools to be completed independently and returned to staff as requested.

  • Teachers will be available to offer support and feedback to pupils by email, but there may be a delay in response times as staff are busy teaching in school.

 

Please note: It is expected that all pupils who are well enough to do so complete the work that is set and attend online classes.

Self-isolation for a full year group

If a case of COVID is confirmed in school, we will always obtain advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Education. They will instruct us as to the pupils who need to self-isolate. If the advice is that a full year group of pupils self-isolate, the following protocols will be observed. It is important to note that colleagues will be teaching the remaining year groups in school, so will not be as widely available as they were during full lockdown.

  • Blended learning will take place in English, Maths and Science. 

    • An online class (of about 30 minutes) will establish and support pupils to work through tasks set. These will largely be through Teams, which pupils will access through their school email. For this reason, it is essential that pupils know their email log in.

    • Pupils will then work independently at home through tasks.

    • A further online class later in the week will offer further support and feedback.

    • Pupils will complete tasks and share them was requested by their teachers.

  • Form tutors will hold a Teams ‘drop in’.

  • Teachers who teach tutor groups will provide online classes (History, Geography, French, Computing, Science, Music).

Please note: It is expected that all pupils who are well enough to do so complete the work that is set and attend online classes.

Full closure If school is fully closed

If it is necessary to enforce a full school closure, the following protocols will be observed:

  • Blended learning will take place from the first week of closure.

  • English, Maths and Science will have weekly lessons.

    • An online class (of about 30 minutes) will establish and support pupils to work through tasks set. These will largely be through Teams, which pupils will access through their school email. For this reason, it is essential that pupils know their email log in.

    • Pupils will then work independently at home through tasks.

    • A further online class later in the week will offer further support and feedback.

    • Pupils will complete tasks and share them was requested by their teachers.

  • Foundation subjects will have an online lesson during one week and then pupils will work independently during the second week.

  • It is likely that foundation subjects will offer two opportunities for pupils to access online lessons, giving pupils access to either. It may be that a recorded version is made available to pupils to access at other times.

  • Pupils will be given weekly pastoral drop-ins with tutors.

  • Colleagues will be using Teams to share assignments and resources like videos, PowerPoints and other information. Pupils can work directly in Teams, eliminating the need for emailing, printing or manipulating tricky documents.

Please note: It is expected that all pupils who are well enough to do so complete the work that is set and attend online classes.

Hints and Tips for Successful Blended Learning:

  • Make sure your child knows their log in details for their email and Go4Schools.

  • Practise accessing Teams with your child – log into their school email and choose Teams from the app menu).

  • Encourage your child to plan their week, paying attention to their timetable of online classes.

  • Support your child to develop good routines and working habits.

  • Help your child to find a quiet place to work, with suitable equipment.

  • Feel comfortable in allowing your child to work independently, checking on quality occasionally. Encourage your child to use their email or Teams to get support for their learning. This could be from their teacher, their classmates or the materials provided.

 

We are aiming to adapt our online classes to the needs of the pupils and the content we are delivering. This will help with pupils’ learning and keeping pupils engaged. For that reason, online ‘lessons’ could be in a number of forms:

  • Lecture style to a larger number of pupils

  • Seminar style to a smaller number of pupils

  • Pre-recorded videos uploaded to You Tube or Teams

  • Group work using ‘break-out rooms’

  • Voiced-over PowerPoints Drop-in help sessions

  • Live lessons with Q&A sessions using chat in Teams

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