Daily Update

21 February 2021

Dear Parents / Carers



I hope you are well and have had a good week.  It's so nice to see the sunshine again!

The Prime Minister is due, tomorrow, to provide his road map detailing the easing of the current lockdown restrictions.  There has been a lot of speculation in the press ragrding when schools will go back, but as yet, I know no more than you and I suspect that I will only find out at the same time as you from the news.

However, once I am aware of the government's intentions, I will process the information and ensure that plans are in place as soon as possible.  I will, of course, update you promptly.


Vulnerable Students / Students with Critical Worker Parents

Thank you to those who have booked this provision for this week by completing the form as requested.  We have created our staff rota accordingly.

Due to the increasing numbers of students attending this provision, we have been forced to split the groups again.  From tomorrow, we will be operating three rooms.  I must emphasise that the government guidance is very clear: If your child can be safely looked after at home, or your child can be safety left on their own at home, then you should NOT send them into school.  

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. It would be remiss of me not to point this out as I am concerned that the number of students using our provision is increasing, and therefore the risks are increasing.


Parents' Survey

Thank you to those parents who complete our Parents' Survey before half term.  As always, you support and feedback is very welcomed.  I have attached the full results to this email.

Overview of the results

96% of respondents are satisfied with the support their child has received from the school during this lockdown.

88% of parents / carers feel the work set for their child is clear.

100% of respondents state that communication from the school been clear during the current lockdown period.

96% of parent / carers are satisfied with the school’s remote learning arrangements.


What we have done in response to the survey 

We have introduced more live lessons for all year groups.  I have attached the schedule for the next fortnight.  Please note, not all subjects and year groups will have the same approach: this will vary according to the content, context and skills being developed. Students can look forward to a blend of independent learning activities, some elements of live-streamed coaching/direction, recorded videos and the use of on-line teaching tools.

We have arranged for all tutors to hold an optional 'tutor session' on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 08:30 - 08:50.  These drop in sessions will enable students to talk to their tutor and other children in their tutor group. The instructions on how to join this session will be available on EPraise in the 'Tutorial' lesson and will tke place on Teams, similar to a live lesson.

Staff will add times to subject titles in EPraise for live lessons.  This will hopefully assist students planning their day.


Some Quotes from Parents/Carers 

"I don’t feel there is anything more that you could do.I can’t thank the staff and school enough for the hard work and effort that they have put into continuing my child’s learning in such trying and confusing times."


"Considering the pandemic that we are all experiencing, the provision from The Deanes has been absolutely fantastic. As ever, thank you so much for all that you have done to ensure that our children can continue their learning."


"The feedback on EPraise for the children to see about the work they handed in, so they know whether they had done it correctly or if any improvements were required.  Daily emails to keep us up to date with everything."


"Clear guidance on what should be completed for each lesson. Work being set daily. Easy contact with their teachers / tutors enabling the students to gain assistance swiftly.  Good, constructive feedback on work completed. Live lessons have helped my child stay connected with school friends and teachers." 



Over this period, I intend to communicate with you daily by email.  We will also place these messages on our website, under ’News’.  Please ensure we have your correct email address and mobile number.  If you have changed your email or mobile recently, please complete this form so we can update our records.


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Stay safe




Desi McKeown