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Covid Information

Please find our information on how The Consortium Trust are responding to Covid 19 and supporting our schools, pupils and families, as well as our wider communities below, including letters and guidance from the Trust. 
The Trust, our Schools and all establishments follow the guidance from the Department for Education which is reviewed, interpreted and reflected in our risk assessments regularly to ensure they are purposeful, dynamic and effective. Full government guidance can be found below, along with a link to Trust Policies.

 

 

 

 

rapid response to confirmed cases

In the event of a confirmed case of Covid in our Schools and establishments, the Public Health England (PHE) advice service to schools is contacted immediately. Definitive advice is taken from PHE and all recommended measures and action is implemented immediately and in line with government guidelines.

Each of our schools has a 'Covid Information' page providing risk assessments, letters and guidance to their families, specific to their school. These can be found under Important Information on all school websites.

online learning provision for pupils requiring to isolate due to covid-19

In the event that pupils are unable to attend school due to Covid 19, either individually, as a class or whole school, our schools will provide remote education through our established online 'Google Classrooms' learning platform.

The provision will be aligned as closely as possible to the in-school provision that the pupils would be accessing. It will include Maths, English and Science work over the course of a week, along with other learning opportunities associated with relevant curriculum areas and topics.

Work may be provided on a daily basis or uploaded as a bigger body of work that can be completed over a longer period of time. These may take different forms, such as; power points, clips, worksheets, writing tasks or other suggested activities.

Wherever possible it will be the class teacher who will set and upload the work; however, we acknowledge that there may be times, due to teacher illness or classroom teaching commitments for example, that online services may be temporarily interrupted or may be set by another colleague, but we will endeavour to keep this to a minimum.

Our expectation is that work is designed to meet pupil's needs and is personalised as much as possible to reflect this. Regular feedback will be given by the class teacher or other professional and this will help support planning for future lessons; however we recognise that we cannot replicate the full classroom experience where 'learning conversations' happen throughout the day.

All recommended safeguards have been put in place to ensure the security of online 'Google Classrooms' learning platform.

'All online provision and practice will be in line with the DfE 'Remote Education Direction' which states schools' legal obligations around remote education provision.

online resource links for pupils choosing to isolate due to
covid-19

To support parents who are opting to keep their children at home due to personal concerns and anxieties, we are able to provide the following links for home learning. These resources are not necessarily aligned to our curriculum, nor do we endorse the content. 

Online resources do not replace the quality first teaching and learning of their Class Teacher, or our online 'Google Classrooms' learning platform. We would encourage parents who are opting to keep their children at home to discuss their concerns with their child's Class Teacher or Academy Head, so that we can support the return of their children to full-time education as quickly as possible. 

 

 

 

 

 

family & staff support

We recognise the anxieties and worry which the global Covid-19 crisis has brought; and for some families, the sadness of losing family or friends.  The Trust has approached this crisis with openness and transparency for our school communities and has sought to offer support and assistance where needed, as well as fulfilling our duty to ensure that our pupils receive the best possible education during this unprecedented time.

If you or your family require support, please contact your Academy Head who will be able to implement support from our Family & Pastoral Support Team.

pupil wellbeing

It is important to recognise that every child and family will react differently. It is important to remember that for most pupils, isolation and lockdown will have also brought experiences which may have had a positive impact on their mental well-being.

For example, some children and young people may have enjoyed having more time and sharing new experiences with family. Some may have established new routines that work better for them and some may have felt less pressure from tests, exams and academic success. Others may have developed new skills such as building resilience, problem-solving abilities and new coping strategies. However, the pandemic will have also affected mental well-being in various negative ways. 

We hope that the following resources are helpful and provide advice and suggestions for our families to support themselves and their pupils. If you feel your child requires additional support from the school, please contact your Academy Head who will be able to implement support from our Family & Pastoral Support Team.

 


Mental Health Foundation Tips for Families

Start talking 

Your child might have worries about returning to school. You can explore these and help them think of ways to manage them using our Time for Us pack or the resources on the Family Links website.   

Sleep routine 

Help your child return to their normal sleep routine. Our “How to…” guide on improving sleep could be a good place to start. 

Talk about school 

Start to talk through the daily routine that they were once so familiar with. It doesn’t have to start as a conversation about worries, but these might arise as you talk. 

Coping strategies

Model coping strategies you use when feeling stressed such as reconnecting with friends before returning, doing regular exercise or using breathing techniques. If it applies, you could share your own worries and feelings about returning to work and ways you are managing these feelings.  

Make yourself available as much as possible

Children may want to come and “debrief” but maybe not when you expect. Create space for talking in different ways, such as going on a walk together or baking together – there may be less pressure in these circumstances than when sitting face-to-face.  

Look at the positives 

As schools reopen, other things will too. It might be helpful to talk about things the child is looking forward to, like their favourite shop reopening, seeing friends in the park or getting ice cream from their favourite café.  

 

Support with Free school meals in lockdown

Our schools will co-ordinate the delivery of Food Parcels with our catering providers for families whose children are eligible for free school meals. If a class or school goes into lockdown, families can expect to be contacted about their food parcel within 24 hours.

safeguarding


Should pupils be part of a lock down due to Covid 19, then Safeguarding matters will continue as per the Trust's Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and our Covid Addendum to the policy, Oct 2020.
 
Where the DSL has identified a child to receive pastoral-type support in school, they should ensure that a robust communication plan is in place for that child or young person. The communication plans can include remote contact, phone contact and door-step visits. Other individualised contact methods should be considered and are recorded.   

 The main principles are that schools will continue to: 

  • Have the best interests of children as paramount

  • If anyone has a safeguarding concern they must act/report immediately.

  • A designated safeguarding lead (DSL) or deputy will always be available.
     

absence & attendance marks

Children should attend school if they are not part of an isolation or lock down situation as per DfE guidance.

Any child who is not part of a lock down and is absent must follow the Trust's Attendance Policy and the parent/carer must inform the school as to the reason for the absence. Absence will be recorded in line with the guidelines around Covid 19.

In line with the Trusts support to parents an Attendance Action Plan will be used in cases where children are absent due to Covid issues, which will include details around remote leaning and any support the pupil or family may need in order to return the pupil to school as quickly as possible.  

employer referral for Priority access to COVID-19 tests for essential workers

The Government has published guidance on the process for employer referral for essential workers.  Employers can refer essential workers for testing if they are self-isolating because either they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms. You can do this by uploading the names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers to the secure employer referral portal.

Referred essential workers will then receive a text message with a unique invitation code to book a test for themselves (if symptomatic) or their symptomatic household member(s) at a regional testing site.

To get a login to the employer referral portal, employers of essential workers should email portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk with the following information:

  • organisation name

  • nature of the organisation’s business region

  • names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details

  • Once employer details have been verified, 2 login credentials will be provided for the employer referral portal.