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The government has decided that all children will be back in school from September and this was shared in the briefing on Friday. Schools are awaiting for further information and guidance with regards to how this will need to look regarding Covid-19 and staying safe. This may be all pupils beginning in one go, or a phased return.  We are really looking forward to all the children returning to Morgans from September and as we get more information about this full return, we will share it with you.

 

It is clear from the information they have given us so far that staff training will be the key to success for your children. This is due to the changes that we will need to make to ensure all children have the best possible opportunities to ‘catch-up’ on the curriculum as a result of the school closures.

 

The Government have worked with EEF (Education Endowment Fund) to create guidance for schools. They shared this on Friday 19th June following the government briefing:

 

‘Great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for their pupils. Ensuring every teacher is supported and prepared for the new year is essential to achieving the best outcomes for pupils. Providing opportunities for professional development—for example, to support curriculum planning or focused training on the effective use of technology—is likely to be valuable. Almost all schools will also have made significant adjustments to organisational and logistical aspects of school life. Ensuring teachers have training and support to adjust to these changes is likely to improve the quality of teaching as all pupils return to school.’

 

Changes that will be evident will be seen in the curriculum that we teach, the groups organised, targeted support, intervention, use of technology and mental health and wellbeing support.

 

As a result, we have made the decision to close the school to children on Friday 10th July rather than Friday 17th July. This gives us the opportunity to use the final week of term for staff training, completing resources, planning and preparing assessment. 

 

The government is in discussions as to the possibility of summer schooling. There is no advice on this aspect of their plans to help children ‘catch up’. When we hear more about this scheme, we will let you know.

 

The new academic year will begin on Friday 4th September. We will begin the start of the academic year with transition days for pupils to get to know their new teacher and to be with their classmates again.

 

Alis Rocca and Helen Jackson

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