Announcement by Boris Johnson, 10 May 2020
Stockport Local Area Response
We know that as parents/carers you will have listened to the announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the 10 May 2020. The announcement has answered some, but also raised many, questions and some concerns for parents/carers and colleagues from our early year’s settings, schools and colleges. Colleagues from the local area are meeting with representatives to listen to the concerns to make sure they are taken into account when planning for the return of our children and young people.
We would like to reassure you that the safety of our children, young people and staff is our primary and main concern. The announcement stated that there is an expectation from Central Government that Early Years settings, Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 children will be in school following the May school holidays, and also that those within secondary schools who have exams next year (current Year 10/12) will have some face to face contact.
As a local area we are clear that we need to take stock of this announcement. We need to make sure that any way forward is safe for everyone within our schools. At this point it is clear that any return for children and young people will not look the same as before Covid-19. The pandemic has changed things for us all both in the short and longer term. There will need to be consideration of how we best support children and young people through this period, and this focus will not be solely academic.
The Covid-19 period has brought with it stress, uncertainty and anxiety for us all, including our children. We need to make sure any return to settings, schools and colleges is safe for children’s physical and emotional well-being.
We will be working in partnership with Early Years settings, School Leaders, from both primary and secondary including academies, Colleges and our Parent/Carer groups throughout this period, to formulate a measured response to the announcement.
We will publish further information on the Council websites and the local offer as soon as we can and we will keep you updated as regularly as we can. We hope that we can reassure you we will be working together to ensure the well-being of Stockport residents.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can. Our Parent Carer Forum (PACTS) are also available to support individual families, email info@PACTStockport.co.uk.
Safety and well-being is and always will be paramount in our decision making for our wider Stockport community.
Chris Mcloughlin – Director of Childrens Services
Paul McDowell – Chair Primary Consortium
Julie Kersh – Chair of Primary Consortium
Keith Turmeau – Chair of Secondary Consortium
Rob Metcalfe – Chair of Special Schools Consortium
Danny Pearson – Principle Aquinas College
Sherann Hillman & Paul Harper, PACTS
Good Morning All
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. It looks as if it has been a very busy week for the pupils of Tithe Barn Primary School. We have received some amazing videos and photographs of the amazing challenges that you have completed at home.
Please find below this week’s assembly.
Good Morning All
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Please find below this week’s assembly.
I hope you enjoy this week’s, we have loved to see what you have been challenging yourselves to do. There is also a second video so please make sure you watch both!
Useful links for makaton-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flXsU4V0zz8 (Mr Tumble)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pid4PLNY0a0 (Useful signs for school)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6lAIsWyku8 (Singing Hands- things in my home)
Dear Parents and children,
Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time, it is really important that we all work together to support each other. We have continued to develop our home school learning provision, it now includes links to relevant video clips that enable the children to watch explanations of new concepts, follow up activities and suggestions on how your child can challenge themselves further in their learning. Following feedback from parents we are also providing a weekly overview to help parents plan out the home learning, we hope that you are finding it useful.
The key message for all families is to do what you can at the pace that works for your children and your family. We have added lots of work so children that want to do more can, but work at the pace that’s right for your child. Please remember that this is just a guide and it is up to individual families to decide how and what they can do best at home during this difficult time. Once the children return to school, we will ensure that they achieve their true potential.
Our staff have continued to work incredibly hard to ensure work is uploaded to E-schools and Google classrooms (children in Years 3-6) for our children, which we know so many of you have found useful and interesting. Thank you ever so much for the positive feedback and the suggestions you have made. We are continuing to develop and enhance our provision this term.
We are aware of the challenges that all our families are under and we are trying to support our children and parents at home by providing learning opportunities. However, we cannot recreate Tithe Barn at home and I also need to be mindful that my hardworking team all have their own families and commitments and their own challenges at the moment. A small number of parents have made requests for ‘virtual lessons’ or ‘virtual 1:1 sessions’ with the teacher for their child. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this for a number of reasons, including Safeguarding and it is also against the current guidelines that we have to adhere to.
Please rest assured that once we are able to re-open, we will do everything that we can to ensure that every child makes the progress that they should and achieves their true potential.
Thank you for your continued support. Hoping you and your families are staying safe and well.
Tuesday 5th May- Online assembly available
The children in Year 3-6 have access to Google Classroom and they have previously had lessons on how to use the different tools on it. Currently this is our key mean of providing a virtual learning environment.
We have noticed that some children are not always using it to its best effect. Every time a child comments in the Google Classroom a number of staff receive their comment as our method of monitoring it. As you can imagine our inboxes have been rather full recently and this has made it difficult for other children to follow the thread of learning that is being discussed. Therefore, we are introducing some new guidelines for all children to ensure that we are able to use it effectively.
Guidelines for Google Classrooms
- Talk about your learning.
- Respond to the tasks set by your teacher
- Write in full sentences with capital letters and correct punctuation.
- Be polite and show good manners.
- Ask questions about your learning
- Log on every school day.
Teachers will also be publishing when they will be available to discuss the children’s learning on the platform as well.
I hope you are enjoying our weekly assembly, if you have missed it. The films are available on our E-schools platform.
Thank you to the children who have shared their challenges this week, it has been lovely to hear from you. If you would like to share yours please do, it definitely makes me smile when I hear from you all.
Child Care for Key Workers
Please can I politely remind anyone needed to access our child care provision for key workers to ensure that they book their child a place using our parents’ evening booking system prior to bringing their child. The booking system closes the day before so if you need urgent childcare at the last minute please email email@example.com
Thank you for your support with this matter.
We wanted to share a few activities that will help your child at this difficult time. They are useful ways of explaining what coronavirus is
The link below explains what the coronavirus is using playmobile.
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.