What have we done to help our families and make a difference during lockdown?
- Every school day (and often weekends!) we have issued a school newsletter sharing information, news and support to our school community. Our school website has been constantly kept up to date with support and advice.
- Since the 20th March we have issued daily Home Learning activities to all year groups. These are received by email to year groups the day before the activities should/could take place. We hoped this would help maintain momentum over time with a daily ‘dose’ of work and regular contact with teaching staff through these activities.
- We are regularly recommending other sources of help with Home Learning if parents wish to develop their own or to make additions to our daily offer: all of these have been communicated on our website.
- We have built our repertoire of ‘live’ interaction over time including… a range of story telling, maths lessons, quizzes, challenges, sporting ideas and assemblies. These feature often on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/newportcejuniorschool/) but are also available on our You Tube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCADdUQhYJQx1MD7L0Dg5vTA)
- Teachers have offered ways for children to share work…. teachers have shared email addresses for example so work can be shared and put on the website if appropriate.
- We have tried to build on our value of community by encouraging families to take part in things like ‘Clap for Carers’, taking in food donations on our last day for vulnerable families, asking them to decorate your homes with rainbows, planned VE day celebrations, placing decorations on our fences to brighten our town and encouraging them to write to the Rylands Nursing Home (who we have an ongoing link with).
- We have telephoned all of our children on roll. Trying to give children the opportunity to chat with their teachers and check that everyone is doing okay. We regularly call EHCP and vulnerable children.
- We have tried to make our school family smile! We have created videos for fun… the Golden Roll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU618Yhj1LA&t=36s , Grease Megamix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzAQhiKeG3Y&t=23s , Amarillo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-uhC9y0JzI, and ABBA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQDmFQhuq_I ! We have compiled ones that the children have contributed to especially lovely was our VE day video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DgaQGae7lk&t=233s
- School has been open everyday with staff working hard on a rota to provide care for the children of keyworkers and from June Year 6.
- We produced videos for our parents to help them to understand procedures for our return to school: June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7iW2fv_g8E&t=1s September: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30VKUlaWkA&t=16s
How have we supported vulnerable children, FSM and SEND during lockdown?
- Staff have prioritised phone calls to children who are vulnerable, FSM and/or SEND.
- We have produced a risk assessment for the Local Authority for all EHCP pupils. Staff have been in touch with these children on a regular basis and offered support as appropriate.
- Specific resources have been highlighted for SEND pupils to use at home. SEND-websites-for-home-learning-support
- For the first two weeks the Local Authority delivered meals to FSM children. The Local Authority then moved over to the National Edenred system that issues email vouchers to families.
- Our EWO has delivered food to families who have required additional support and signposted them to other organisations.
What have we done to support staff during lockdown?
- Signposted wellbeing resources including Telford and Wrekin Wellbeing Service and an NHS Service.
- Emails are sent at least every few days to ensure all staff are kept up to date with feedback we are receiving, any changes in arrangements, rotas and any messages.
- We use Microsoft Teams for weekly teacher and teaching assistant meeting.
- We have a new whole staff Whatsapp group!
- We have had staff social evenings (online!) including quiz nights and bingo!
- We have produced our ‘funny’ videos to try to boost morale and keep us connected with some fun that will also make our school family smile!
What has been the feedback from our school family to our lockdown response?
- ‘I appreciate the support and commitment that you continue to provide my family at this trying time.’
- ‘Just wanted to say how fab the videos you are all doing are. It really brought a smile to X and us watching all his teachers on screen he’s really missing his friends and teachers so is lovely for him to see you all.’
- ‘Lucky kids to have such inspirational teachers.’
- ‘Thank you for the information video, that will be great to show X to prepare him for his return. I am not worried about him coming back as it’s clear that you are doing everything you can to keep him safe.’
- ‘It has been excellent, the daily work coming through, the fun challenges, the live sessions, everything has been great, thank you so much for helping us get through it.’
- ‘There are good schools, exceptional schools and there is NJS. Every member of staff goes over and above what is expected, and they do it with smiles and enthusiasm. Nothing proves, how hard you all work and how well you rise to whatever is thrown at you, more than the last few months.’
- ‘All of NJS staff have been wonderful and we can not thank you enough. Parents were kept up to date every step of the way either by email, school website, Facebook or YouTube. There was always more than one site to get updates from. From sending daily home learning, live Facebook stories, live assembly’s, to providing family’s with pure entertainment in the form of video clips of staff and the children which really made us smile in difficult times. But also for taking the time to contact parents and listening to our concerns and acting upon these to help reassure the children and parents when children did return to school. This was invaluable. I do not believe any other school will provide this level of support and commitment. Thank you ‘
- ‘I could never thank the NJS staff enough for everything they have done for X over the last 4 years its been tough for everyone and very challenging but you all always stood by him and gave him all the help and support he needed and never gave up on him and we will be forever grateful for that your all AMAZING,’
What are our plans for the September 2020 ‘return’?
How did our families feel about the September 2020 ‘return’?
In a survey completed in September 2020 the following %’s agreed or strongly agreed:
92% felt their child was happy at school
93% agreed their child felt safe at school
92% of families were comfortable and confident in the new routines and procedures
83% were satisfied with how well the school communicates
70% felt the recovery curriculum had an impact on their child
86% agreed the school had maintained high expectations for pupils attitudes and behaviour
‘My boys are both thrilled to be back and really enjoying their new classes.’
‘She is over the moon to be back at school and missed all of the staff as much as she did her friends over the past six months.’
‘I think everything you have put in place to keep the kids and staff safe is fantastic. Well done to all of you and thank you for taking such good care of our kids.’
What support do we have for families required to isolate?
If a ‘bubble’ were required to isolate or school closed to children then this Remote Learning Policy would take effect: Remote-Learning-Policy2
This letter issued on the 5th January offered additional detail for families: Letter re Jan and Feb plans
Feedback on our Remote Learning provision:
If an individual pupil/family are required to isolate class teachers will produce ‘learning packs’ that can be delivered to the family home or collected from the Drop Box as appropriate. The contents of these packs will allow children working from home to ‘keep up’ with the curriculum offer in school. Teachers are available by email during this time.
We also recommend:
The Oak National Academy
Remember NJS pupils also have log in details for Times Tables Rockstars and Fiction Express!
How are we using COVID-19 Catch Up Premium?
Please find attached a working document evidencing our use of this premium:
Return to school March 2021