‘Live And Learn With Jesus’
Please ask for: Cath Pealing
Direct Line: 01942 489453
Date: 11th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you are aware the Prime Minister has announced a full lockdown which has meant that all schools were
closed except for children categorised as vulnerable and children of our critical workers. None of us wanted the 2021 to start like this and we had hoped that all of our children would be returning to school by the 18th January at the very latest. We need to drive down the infection rates in Wigan and indeed the whole country so that we are all safe and secure in returning to everyday life. In order to do that, it is crucial we all follow the government guidance of staying home unless absolutely necessary. We need everyone to follow this guidance to protect not only the NHS but also ourselves, our families and our friends. Hopefully, with the roll out of the vaccine and keeping to the guidance this will happen sooner rather than later. Government guidance for schools and for parents and carers has been very clear about who should access places in schools. ‘Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.’ Full guidance for parents and carers can be found at:
We would ask that if you can, as the guidance says keep your child at home then please do so. Schools are under increasing pressure to manage the number of children and young people in school due to staff not being able to attend school due to COVID issues. Schools may therefore as a last resort have to consider prioritising places for vulnerable children, health workers and school staff. Schools will only do this after considering their Risk Assessment and consultation with their governing body and Wigan Council. This will be continually reviewed as situations change throughout this current lockdown. Your school will keep you informed as to what is happening. Schools will likely have to make appropriate adjustments to their offer if they have any issues with their capacity in staff to support and safeguard children both on school site and at home.
Alongside having children in school, schools are working hard to provide a high quality remote learning for those accessing education at home. As you can imagine this is placing a very heavy burden on staff to ensure that everyone is catered for. Please do remember that all school situations are different and this impacts on how a school will deliver remote learning. There are many different ways that this can be delivered and no one way is the only way. Some schools may have the facilities to deliver ‘live’ lessons and other may not be able to do so, that does not mean that their offer is any less effective. Please do work with your school to support your child and if you do have any worries then please discuss with your school. All our schools have worked incredibly hard to ensure that what they are offering is helping our children and young people to carry on learning in very difficult circumstances. If you are struggling with accessing online learning again please do speak to your school. We would ask that you continue to encourage your children to follow the advice of Hands, Face, Space. Our schools will continue to reinforce this message as well as ensuring social distancing, good ventilation, use of face coverings as appropriate, and ensuring people with symptoms do not attend. These remain the most effective ways to reduce the spread of the virus, even with rapid testing in place within schools. However, as parents and carers you could further support by not sending children to school unless necessary – stay at home; please don’t bring children to school if they are of an age when they can walk there on their own. If you need to take your child to school please observe hands, face, space, wear a face covering and don’t stand around the playground or school gates. We need to continue to try and minimise people mixing. We want to thank you for your continued support in these incredibly challenging times for everyone. We would ask that you continue to work with and support our schools with the same consideration you have done so throughout this pandemic.
Please take care and stay safe.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh
Remote Learning Policy/ Blended Learning Contingency Plan
The purpose of this policy is to outline the school’s approach to ensure children at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh can continue their education in the event of lockdown or self-isolation due to Coronavirus.
Remote learning will ensure children educated at home for any length of time will be given the support they need to master the curriculum and make good progress. Remote learning will also align the children’s education as closely as possible with the in school provision and give them access to a teacher daily.
Teachers will be available every day during term time within their directed hours. If they are unable to work for any reason they should report this using the normal absence reporting procedure. Teachers are responsible for providing English (eg Hamilton Trust, Babcock spelling/Spelling Bee) and maths (White Rose Maths) tasks for their class each day. Teachers should provide at least one ‘live’ lesson a day (using ‘zoom’). There should be foundation subject work set for the respective year group (eg Oak Academy). The work will be up loaded on to ‘dojo’. If a child is working at home they still need to follow a timetable, school suggests…
Where ever possible the weeks learning will be posted at the beginning of the week. Teachers, and the teaching assistants they work with, will access the children’s work and will comment on it between 9am and 3.30pm. Work will be commented on within 24 hours, as far as possible answers will be provided by staff. If a parent needs clarification of how to complete any of the work set then this should be done via the parent message service on ‘dojo’. If a parent has a complaint this should be referred to the teacher’s line manager or Head teacher. If the complaint is of a safeguarding nature this will be referred to the head teacher who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or the deputy Safeguarding Leads (Deputy Head teacher and Pastoral Lead) who will follow the processes as detailed in the school’s Safeguarding Policy. If a week has gone by and no contact has been made by the child or parent in regard to the work being set then the pastoral team will contact the parent to ‘touch base’ and ensure everything is on track.
IT staff and admin staff will be responsible for supporting staff with any technical issues they are experiencing, reviewing the security of systems and highlighting any data protection breaches to the data protection officer.
Staff can expect parents to ensure their child’s work is returned to their teacher for marking. Parents will also need to make the school aware if their child is sick or unable to complete work. Parents will need to seek help from the school if they need it.
The Governors are responsible for monitoring Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School’s approach to providing remote learning and to ensure the education of the children remains as high quality as possible. Ensuring that staff are confident that the systems they use are secure for both data protection and safeguarding reasons. Governors will also keep in touch with the senior leadership of the school to ensure the well-being of all staff.
Sharing personal data
Staff members may need to collect and/or share personal data such as parent e-mails as part of the remote learning system. Such collection of personal data applies to our functions as a school and does not require explicit permissions. Parent’s e-mails should not be shared with anyone outside the school community.
Keeping devices secure
All staff members will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. This includes keeping the device password protected and ensuring the hard drive is encrypted thus ensuring if the device is lost or stolen, no-one can access the files stored on the hard drive. Ensure the device is locked if it is left for a period of time. School devices should not be used by family and friends.
Please refer to the schools Safeguarding Policy and Appendix regarding Coronavirus on the school website.
This policy is linked to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Schools –
Good Behaviour Policy
Safeguarding Policy and appendix re Covid 19
Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notices
ICT and Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Online Safety Policy
(see website www.leighsacredheart.wigan.sch.uk)
Policy written – September 2020
Reviewed – Termly