Daily Update

10 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I trust you all had a good day.

Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

We are asking for parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable to let us know if they are sending their child into school this week.  Those who have been at school last week will already have received a text message.

However,  if your intention is for your child to attend school this week and have not yet received a text, please follow this two part procedure:

1)  Complete this survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Deanes-Phase1/.  

2) Once we have assessed your request and verified that your child is able to attend, you will receive a text message / email asking you to detail the days you child will be in school and you will be asked to agree to and sign a Home / School Agreement.  This agreement outlines what our provision in school will be and our expectations of parents and children accessing our provision.  It has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children and staff.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 

I understand that many parents and carers may feel anxious about their child returning to school. Below this email you will find more information about how the school day will be organised so that you can make an informed decision about whether you send your child to school. 


Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions

Thank you to the parents / carers that have already signed up their children to the face-to-face sessions.  

In order for your child to attend the face-to-face sessions, please complete the two forms that where emailed to you yesterday (the students have been emailed these forms too).  The first form is to let us know which sessions your child will be attending and also your contact details in case of an emergency.

The second form is our Home / School Agreement.   This agreement outlines what our provision in school will be and our expectations of parents and children accessing our provision. It has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children and staff. 

 Further details can be found here - http://www.thedeanes.academy/news/june/important-information-for-year-10/


Dove's Self-Esteem Project

Dove's Self-Esteem Project are offering parents an incredibly versatile set of resources that include lesson plans, presentations, activity sheets and parent guides. 

The resources are 100% free and help young people to build and protect confidence in themselves and others.

70% of young people are affected by low body confidence, but body confidence can be increased and learned.

The resources are tailored to parents to support them in teaching their children about their self-esteem. Made up of a series of articles covering key topics that affect children's self-esteem. Each article starts out with an introduction to a theme and why it is relevant. Then, to help guide parents in making practical changes whilst at home, they have pulled together an action checklist full of body confidence-boosting ideas from their self-esteem experts. Finally, they have added a “Let’s Get Started” section, to give parents some ways to start the conversation today. 

You can access the resources here - https://www.dove.nationalschoolspartnership.com/


NSPCC Resources

The NSPCC have created a special assembly in partnership with the Department for Education. Featuring an introduction from Ant and Dec, their video will help children understand what’s currently happening, why they may be feeling anxious, and where to get support.  It is available here - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/our-services/working-with-schools/?utm_source=Corona-newsletter&utm_medium=SOSS&utm_campaign=202006_Corona

They have also produced resources to help parents / carers support children and young people’s mental health.  They can be access here - https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/april/supporting-children-young-people-mental-health?utm_source=Corona-newsletter&utm_medium=Mental-Health&utm_campaign=202006_Corona


Home ICT Equipment

During this extended lockdown period, we have been setting Distance Learning work for our students.  I am acutely aware that not all of our students have access to a suitable device to complete the work and I am also aware that some families do not have wifi at home.

We are working on plans to purchase devices and wifi dongles that we can lend to those students who do not have suitable equipment at home, in case we enter another lockdown period next year or if we cannot fully open again in September as planned.

In order to establish the quantity of devices needed, I am asking all parents/carers of students in Years 7 - 10 to complete this very short survey.  It is important that the survey is completed by Friday 12 June 2020 - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Home-ICT/. This link has also be sent via text to all parents/carers.

Thank you to the 250 or so parents that have already responded.


How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly and it will allow our reception staff to remain at home.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.


Take care


Desi McKeown