IVC plans for students after half-term - message from Mr Kelsall
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please start by watching the video presentation below with your child
As we move towards the end of the first summer half term I would like to again extended my thanks to you and your children for the positivity and adaptability you have shown in engaging with the programmes of home learning we have introduced since the lock down in March. We hope that the advice and guidance provided and the work available via Teams and signposted on Edulink has enabled our students to continue to engage with learning in these exceptional circumstances.
Following on from my previous communication I would like to provide more information regarding schools re-opening and our remote learning offer from June 1st.
We will be closed to all teaching staff and students over halfterm, please ensure you enjoy one another’s company, appreciate the forecast good weather as a family and embrace the opportunity to spend quality time together.
Key Workers and Vulnerable Students
We will remain open for keyworker children and vulnerable students from June 1st. We will be expanding our provision for these groups to ensure greater social distancing as we begin to open the site up to more students. and will create a hub for the following groups in designated areas of the College:
- Year 7
- Year 8
- Year 9
- Students requiring specialist support, such as some students with EHCPs
If you plan to continue to utilise this support or wish to start doing so from Monday June 1st please inform us by contacting Katie Jarvis firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday May 29th. This will enable us to ensure all safeguarding measures are in place ready for Monday June 1st.
Remote Learning Year 7 – 10 and Year 12
From June 1st we will be timetabling one or two sessions/experiences per subject per week of around 30-60 minutes in length, for each year group of students to access remotely. The precise nature of the sessions will depend on what each subject feels is best; this could be a video session, a narrated PowerPoint and Q/A, a book group and so on. Our aim is that these will take place at a scheduled time but be available for students to access at other times if they cannot tune in to a live session. This will all be implemented from June 1st and will run in addition to any face to face support we are able to offer in College. The remote learning offer delivered via Teams and signposted in Edulink will continue as prior to half-term. Information regarding the interactive experiences timetable and the latest remote learning overviews will be sent home to parents by Monday June 1st
The tutor phone calls that started in May will continue on a two-week rolling programme moving forward, alongside a weekly programme of House Assemblies.
Please see the updated guidance regarding remote learning for teachers, students and parents below.
In School Provision Year 10 and Year 12
We are currently waiting for the scientific guidance from the government that will be provided for Secondary Schools on Thursday May 28th. In advance of this guidance based on all the information available to us we have drafted a comprehensive Risk Assessment and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that outline in detail how we will keep students and staff in school safe.
If the guidance regarding opening Secondary Schools allows we will plan in broad terms to do the following:
- Open IVC to Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday June 8th
- Year 10 students will attend between 9am and 1.40pm focusing on core subjects (English, Maths and Science), Humanities and Languages. Option subjects will continue to be delivered remotely for the remainder of the academic year.
- Year 12 students will attend between 2pm and 5pm and will be supported by staff with their programmes of study.
- Specialist Sixth Form Provision (SPP) will be open to these Year 12 students from 10am to 3.35pm
- Year 10 students will be based in one classroom for the duration of the day and staff will rotate to provide subject specific teaching, this will allow us to best create the required ‘bubble’ for students whilst in school
- Staff will be divided in to two ‘teams’ one delivering to Year 10 and one to support Year 12, again limiting interaction and creating a ‘bubble’ for students to work within.
For more detail please refer to the detailed risk assessment and FAQs below.
Health and Safety and Government Guidance
All of the above are subject to the guidance we will receive on Thursday May 28th and we will respond as required to ensure the health and safety of all members of community remains our key focus whilst also ensuring we provide the best possible provision for students within the prescribed parameters for delivery. We will contact all parents and staff again following receipt of the scientific guidance on May 28th to ascertain how many students we will need to plan for delivery in school from June 8th and the nature of that delivery based on our staffing capacity. No member of our community will be compelled to attend school and students and staff will have the ability to continue to work from home in line with the clear expectations we have set and will re-iterate on Monday June 1st.
Thank you as always for your continued support. If you have any concerns or questions please refer to the documents above and guidance we circulated at the beginning of the lockdown and after the Easter Holidays (links below) and contact the appropriate member of staff.