Important Information for Year 10

7 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope you are keeping well.  I apologise about the length of this email, but the information contained in it is very important and I did not want to miss out any of the details.

Reopening of The Deanes - Phase 2

 

From 15 June 2020, the Government are requiring secondary schools to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of Year 10 students, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term.  The guidance is quite stringent and we will be following it very closely.

Therefore, we are inviting Year 10 students into school for a two hour session per week in order to support their Distance Learning.  Each student will be allocated to a group and they will remain in that group throughout.  Each group will attend at the same time each week (see below); Group 1 on Monday morning, Group 2 on Monday afternoon, and so on.

Uniforms should not be worn and no equipment will be given out.  These measures will be in place to limit the potential spread of Covid-19 between groups and between home and school.  

Over a four week period, each student will have an English session, a Maths session, a Science session and a Progress Review meeting.  The times for the Progress Review will be sent out next week.  Each student will be allocated a 15 minute slot similar to our usual Review Days.

The Distance Learning work from Monday 15 June 2020, will be timetabled over four days: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4.  It is important that the students follow the plan in this order.  For example, if a student is in Group 3, they should complete Day 1 on Monday, attend school for their allocated session on Tuesday, and complete Days 2, 3 and 4 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively.

The sessions will run as follows:

Group 
Date
Time
Subject
Room

1

Mon 15 June 20

Mon 22 June 20

Mon 29 June 20

Mon 06 July 20

10:00 -12:00

10:00 -12:00

10:00 -12:00

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English

Maths

Science

Review

U01

U01

U01

Canteen

2

Mon 15 June 20

Mon 22 June 20

Mon 29 June 20

Mon 06 July 20

13:00 -15:00

13:00 -15:00

13:00 -15:00

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English

Maths

Science

Review

U05

U05

U05

Canteen

3

 

Tue 16 June 20

Tue 23 June 20

Tue 30 June 20

Tue 07 July 20

10:00 -12:00

10:00 -12:00

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10:00 -12:00

Maths

Science

Review

English

U01

U01

Canteen

U01

4

Tue 16 June 20

Tue 23 June 20

Tue 30 June 20

Tue 07 July 20

13:00 -15:00

13:00 -15:00

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13:00 -15:00

Maths

Science

Review

English

U05

U05

Canteen

U05

5

Wed 17 June 20

Wed 24 June 20

Wed 01 June 20

Wed 08 July 20

10:00 -12:00

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10:00 -12:00

10:00 -12:00

Science

Review

English

Maths

U01

Canteen

U01

U01

6

Wed 17 June 20

Wed 24 June 20

Wed 01 July 20

Wed 08 July 20

13:00 -15:00

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13:00 -15:00

13:00 -15:00

Science

Review

English

Maths

U05

Canteen

U05

U05

7

Thu 18 June 20

Thu 25 June 20

Thu 2 July 20

Thu 9 July 20

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10:00 -12:00

10:00 -12:00

10:00 -12:00

Review

English

Maths

Science

Canteen

U01

U01

U01

8

Thu 18 June 20

Thu 25 June 20

Thu 2 July 20

Thu 9 July 20

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13:00 -15:00

13:00 -15:00

13:00 -15:00

Review

English

Maths

Science

Canteen

U05

U05

U05

 

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 you will find more information about how the sessions will be organised so that you can make an informed decision about whether you send your child to school. 

 

Risk / Concern
Action / Information
 

Year 10 provision

Each student will be placed in a group with a maximum of 10 other students. Students will not be able to change groups.

 

Each group will have allocated sessions for English, Maths and Science.  Each session will last 2 hours.  In addition, they will have a 15 minute Progress Review Meeting, similar to our usual Review Days. The schedule of sessions is detailed above.

 

The work that will be covered during these sessions will assist the students with the Distance Learning work that is being set.  Staff will be following a rota, so the student may not have their usual teacher for these sessions.

Distancing

We will be insisting that everyone maintains a 2m distance at all times. Teachers will not wear PPE unless to deliver first aid and only then if absolutely necessary. 

Equipment and uniform

Students must arrive to each session with their own pen. pencil, ruler and calculator.  Equipment must not be shared and equipment will not be given out by staff.   Students will be issued with a new exercise book during their first session.  They must bring this exercise book to school with them for all of their sessions.  

The students should be appropriately dressed.  The normal uniform should not be worn.  The Government Guidance is that after a day at school children’s clothes should be washed, so with this in mind, students are permitted to wear their own clothes. Trainers are permitted. PE kit is not required.

Students should not wear any PPE.

Curriculum

We strongly believe that no child should be disadvantaged. Teachers will continue to design engaging and effective learning activities which are uploaded fortnightly to our website. Some, but not all, tasks can be emailed to teachers for review.  

Our Distance Learning Work is intended to provide clarity for students, support consistency across groups and ensure that the amount of work being set does not become overwhelming.  It consolidates previous learning and, in addition, provide opportunities for students to continue with skills development. Some tasks are devised to encourage a sense of curiosity and maintain a love of learning.

This is an opportunity to develop confidence and independent learning skills. A simple task done well builds confidence and gives a sense of accomplishment. We should not endeavour to replicate progress and productivity achieved under normal circumstances; this is just not realistically achievable.  Therefore, we need to provide a way for learners to continue learning in some form and provide a purposeful focus (and possibly a welcome distraction) for them.  It is really important that we maintain a mindful balance for all members of our school community. 

Classroom

The two classrooms we will be using have been adapted to cater for up to 12 students and to allow for distancing. Each group will be allocated a classroom and will use that classroom each time they are in for English, Maths and Science.  The students will also use the same desk.

As two groups are in each day, they will use different classrooms to allow for a deep clean after the group have finished.

Catering

There will be no catering available for Year 10 students during these sessions. Students can bring in their own water bottles, but they will not be able to fill them in school. 

Cleaning

The school has undergone a thorough deep clean during the May half term week. 

A member of the cleaning staff will be available all day. 

Toilets will be cleaned after each used.

The classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each school day.

General hygiene

Students will wash/sanitise their hands every time they enter the building and enter the classroom. Students will wash/sanitise their hands after coughing and sneezing and after using the bathroom.

First Aid and medicine

First aid will continue to be administered by a trained first aider. When administering first aid, PPE will be worn if necessary. We will continue to administer medicine in line with our policy. If your child requires medication please ensure you have informed us and have the medication required.

Symptoms of Covid-19

The guidance remains the same. Children who display symptoms of Covid 19 must stay at home and isolate for 14 days. If a family member develops symptoms, children should isolate at home for 14 days. Children who develop symptoms whilst in school will be sensitively isolated, parents will be called immediately and arrangements for collection must take priority.

Please ensure we have your most up to date contact details. 

Fire Regulations

The Fire Evacuation procedures will remain the same.  Students will leave the building through the nearest Fire Exit and gather on the Netball Courts (ensuring they remain Social Distanced). 

Visitors to school

There will be no educational visits until further notice. Access to school will only be permitted if absolutely necessary.

Vulnerable and extremely vulnerable

Children with health conditions such as asthma should seek medical advice before returning to school. For children who fall into the extremely vulnerable category, we suggest they do not attend as we cannot guarantee social distancing. Children who live with someone who is vulnerable or extremely vulnerable may attend school, but again, we ask you to seriously consider the risk.  

We 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.

Travelling to and from school

The guidance is to avoid public transport if at all possible. If you need to use public transport to travel to or from school, please adhere to social distancing and wear a mask.  More information about safer travel can be found here.

The school buses will not be running.

Attendance

Students will not be penalised in any way for non-attendance. If we are expecting your child and they do not attend, please notify the school using the Contact Form – click here. 

Behaviour

Our Behaviour policy applies.  In addition, we require all parents and students attending Phase 2 to agree to and sign our Home / School Agreement.  Any student who commits serious or persistent breach of this agreement may be sanctioned by the headteacher using the full range of sanctions available, dependent on the seriousness of the breach, up to and including in extreme cases permanent exclusion.

 

In order for your child to attend the face-to-face sessions, I am asking you to complete two forms.  The first form is to let us know which sessions you 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. 

The links for these two forms will be emailed separately to you later this evening.

If you have any questions regarding this provision, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Take care 

Desi

 

Desi McKeown

Headteacher

 

 

The Deanes 

 

Daws Heath Road

 

Thundersley    

 

Benfleet           

 

Essex

 

SS7 2TD

 

Tel: 01268 773545 

 

email: admin@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk