10/06/2020

10 June 2020 Update

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

 

I hope that you all remain safe and well.

 

Further to my briefing on Monday, and the very productive staff meeting held that afternoon, I am now pleased to advise on the following five learning ‘pathways’ that will shape provision for the remainder of this term, and the rationale which underpins them.

 

The over-arching aim is to maximise the overall quality and continuity of virtual learning and the safety and wellbeing of the whole school community in the context of the following considerations and constraints:

  • DFE guidelines indicate that a maximum of 25% of the Year 10 and 12 cohort should be on site at any one time - 69 students in our case

  • Groups should be socially distant, be at a maximum of 15 in any one room and should not move between classrooms

  • Based on these two considerations, it would not be possible to replicate anything approaching ‘normal’ specialist teaching across the range of subjects in students’ established classes or sets with their pre-closure teacher(s) for standard lesson times across a full school day

  • This extremely limited contact time would involve complex transport arrangements for families and significantly detract from teachers’ availability to offer the highest quality of virtual learning and ‘real time’ advice and guidance to their current classes across all year groups

Therefore, on balance, the following five pathways clearly represent the best approach to achieving the initial aim described:

 

Pathway 1: Key Worker and Vulnerable Students - all Year Groups

On-site access to virtual learning as appropriate to their Year Groups supervised by a daily rota of teachers and teaching assistants

 

Pathway 2: Years 7-9

  • Virtual learning with minimum of one pre-recorded or live lesson via Teams or Teacher YouTube channel or voice-over Powerpoint style lesson per subject per week alongside live, real time email advice lesson by lesson.  For subjects that teach one lesson per week only, live or pre-recorded material may be adjusted to reflect the flow and pattern of work as required
  • On-going Tutor/Head of Learning contact

 

Pathway 3: Year 10

  • Virtual learning with minimum of one pre-recorded or live lesson via Teams or Teacher YouTube channel or voice-over Powerpoint style lesson per subject per week alongside live, real time email advice lesson by lesson.  
  • Two Personal Progress Tutorials individually scheduled from w/c 15 June with an identified tutor to cover wellbeing and subject progress based on subject teacher comments held on site or via recorded Teams as per parental/student preference
  • An onsite practical session for students in identified subject areas on a rota basis
  • A bookable on-site individual ‘surgery’ session with Miss Herden on Mondays

 

Pathway 4: ex-Year 11

  • Year 12 subject based induction projects
  • Virtual Year 12 Induction Week in week commencing 29 June to include subject taster lessons and a one day Q&A with Mr Hawkins and Mrs Onions

 

Pathway 5: Year 12

  • Virtual learning with minimum of one pre-recorded or live lesson via Teams or Teacher YouTube channel or voice-over Powerpoint style lesson per teacher per subject per week alongside live, real time email advice lesson by lesson
  • Two Personal Progress Tutorials with the Form Tutor or an identified tutor individually scheduled from w/c 15 June to cover wellbeing and subject progress based on subject teacher comments held on site or via recorded Teams as per parental/student preference
  • Onsite practical sessions for students in identified subject areas on a rota basis
  • Virtual UCAS preparation/Careers sessions from week commencing 6 July
  • EPQ introductory sessions from week commencing 15 June as per individual student requests

Alongside this provision, until the end of term we are also scenario planning - as you will appreciate it can be no more than that at this stage - for a return of all Year Groups on rotational and modified school day, timetable and week from September. I will obviously continue to update and subsequently confirm these arrangements once we have sufficient clarity about national and local circumstances, together with guidance from the Department for Education.

 

From Thursday 11 June onwards, Year 10 tutors will be in contact with those who have responded regarding Personal Progress Tutorials to date. Tutors will email students at their school email address to confirm the date and time that has been scheduled for their first Personal Progress Tutorial. The tutorials will be student focussed. As previously outlined, parents are welcome to sit in on virtual tutorials. For those who have requested a Personal Progress Tutorial on site, arrangements will also be sent to you over the next few days. If you have a concern regarding learning or wellness, please contact Ms Herden, Head of Learning for Year 10 at sherden@parkhouseschool.org or Miss Wozniak, Director of Studies for Key Stage 4 at nwozniak@parkhouseschool.org. These will be addressed separately to the tutorial sessions.

 

As I am sure you will appreciate, the current national picture with regard to social distancing and these resultant arrangements for school timings mean that we are unable to confirm any offer of transport services at this stage. In the meantime, we request that you make your own transport arrangements from 1 September 2020 for the foreseeable future. We will of course update you as the situation evolves, as and when we are able to do so. Thank you in anticipation of your understanding of the current, unavoidable position. Any pre-payments for the minibus service will of course be refunded.

 

Please note that a number of Park House email addresses have been compromised recently and emails are being sent that include inviting the recipient to open a link to a wetransfer.com document. As a school, we only use Microsoft based products for any data transfer between ourselves and the wider community. As a rule of thumb, if Parents/Staff/Students receive an email that doesn’t allude to an enclosed link, i.e. further to our conversation earlier, or please find attached a link relating to… and you weren’t expecting it, it’s worth deleting.

 

To clarify, the letter sent to all parents yesterday regarding Science was specifically for Year 9 students. Apologies to all who received this outside of Year 9.

 

I trust that this update on our planned provision provides as much clarity as possible in these unprecedented and regularly changing circumstances. It really does represent the only practical way forward at present, as I emphasised in an interview on BBC Radio Berks yesterday afternoon.

 

With very best wishes

Derek Peaple

Headteacher

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