RETURN TO SCHOOL UPDATE
Latest News Wednesday 13th January 2021
I am pleased to be able to tell you that as of Monday 18th January we will be moving to ‘live’ remote learning in line with the vast majority of schools across the country. The lessons will be taught by our own specialist staff and will be of the usual high quality.
In order to access the live lessons students will need to log on to our remote learning platform, Teams, with their username and password. Detailed instructions as to how to access their lessons will be available on the website under the Home Learning tab in a document entitled, ‘How to access live lessons’.
If your child is accessing these live lessons please can I ask you to run through the following guidelines with them.
- Communicate politely and follow the teacher’s instructions during the lesson.
- Do not copy and send images from the online lesson to anyone.
- Keep your camera switched off at all times.
- Complete all the work that is set and store it in a safe place.
Can I emphasize that on-site teaching and learning will continue as normal for all those students who are currently attending the main school site.
Given the extended invitations to students to attend the main site for their learning and the handing out of laptops over the last week we are now of the belief that all students, with the exception of just one or two, will be accessing live learning and as such work packs are to be largely discontinued. As staff we firmly believe that the best approach to learning is through live teaching be it at home or in school where specialist teachers can explain, model, assess and feedback to your child accordingly in line with normal classroom practice. It is expected that all students will engage positively with their learning, non attendance of lessons is not an option and will be followed up by our attendance team
I would also like to remind you of the mobile phone offer that I wrote to you about earlier in the week, the end date for responses being this Friday. Furthermore, I am pleased to be able to inform you that we are in the process of securing private tutors via the National Tutoring Programme for our year 11s in an attempt to help them secure excellent outcomes on all subject related assessments, given teacher assessed grades are now replacing GCSE exams. Subsequently a member of staff will be contacting all year 11 parents/carers later in the week to see if their child would be interested in engaging with this private tutoring programme.
Many thanks for taking time out to read this letter and we’ll be in touch soon with any further updates and news.
Acting Head Teacher
Latest News Monday 4th January 2021 Time: 21.30
Following the government announcement at 8 o’clock this evening the school will be moving to remote learning as of tomorrow. However, as such short notice taxis will be operating as normal tomorrow and as such if you need your child to attend please do send them in. As of Wednesday 5th January 2021 the school will only be open to vulnerable children and children of key workers as advised by the Government. Plans for this will be shared with the appropriate families/carers tomorrow.
Date of update: 31st December 2000
Dear Parent / Carer,
I trust you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break despite the limitations placed upon us all by the pandemic.
As we move towards the start of the spring term I would just like to clarify one or two things with you regarding the return to school and the testing programme that is set to be rolled out across the education sector in January.
Many of you, I’m sure, will have been watching the news over the last week or so, especially in regard to the opening of schools in January. Although things are changing daily in relation to the pandemic the most recent Department for Education guidance in relation to students returning to school is quite clear and Oswaldtwistle School, as an ‘Alternative Provision’, is expected to open to all students at the beginning of the Spring Term.
Undoubtedly you will also be aware of the government’s wish to roll out a National Covid -19 Testing Programme across all secondary age school settings in an attempt to keep as many pupils and staff in school as possible and to help minimise the spread of the virus. Although we are in full support of this programme, with testing kits due to arrive in school on Monday 4th January, we do not underestimate the amount of time, training and effort this will require if the system is to be fully operational by 8th January. As a result we will be taking advantage of the DFE’s offer of a ‘logistics day’ in order to facilitate work in this area, which I’m sure you will appreciate. This has been organised for Monday 4th January and as such the school will not be open to students on this day. Taxi companies have been notified accordingly and will routinely transport you child to and from school as per normal, starting 5th January.
Monday's lessons are available for all pupils on Teams via the school on-line Home Learning platform (Click Here).
Can I also remind you that face masks are still compulsory in all communal areas in school and as such ask that you continue to support us on this front by doing your best to ensure that your child leaves for school with an appropriate face covering/mask.
In closing may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe 2021.
We look forward to warmly welcoming all our students back on Tuesday 5thJanuary.
Family School Health Support Team
If you need to contact us about confirmed cases of corona-virus, please contact the School Health Support Team on 01772 531555 so that they can report directly to us the date /name/ school of confirmed cases. If preferred, you can also email details to the Covid19 Education inbox using the link below: COVID19Educationquestions@lancashire.gov.uk.
Their Early Help Partnership Officers (EHPOs) will collate reported cases daily, alert Public Health colleagues and will send a single daily update to the Headteacher, so that immediate contacts can be alerted. Schools can then contact families to advise of self-isolation.
Parents - Help with home educating your children
The Government have put together a list of online education resources for home education. Click here for access.