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As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020. Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time.

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KJ Linked - Issue 8

May 2020

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Issue 8 of KJ Linked - Keeping Our Community Connected

Dear Student / Parent / Carer

I hope that you are all well and thank you for all of your support through recent weeks. It has been a really challenging time and we are all looking forward to welcoming you back to King James.

As you will have seen, the Government is encouraging secondary schools to consider a partial return for Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 1st June 2020. Our view continues to be that it is important that we take appropriate, extensive and considered actions to assure the safety of all members of our school community to make the right decision at the right time.

At the moment, and following discussions with a range of stakeholders, we are planning for an earliest return date of Monday 15th June 2020 for targeted students. We have chosen this date in response to our local circumstances and in the hope that we will continue to see a fall in the national and local infection rates for Covid-19. This date also provides teachers with the time to prepare to enhance their support for students and for essential health and safety upgrades to be completed across the Academy.

We have undertaken a detailed risk assessment of our site and practices and we are implementing a range of measures that will enable us to provide a safe working environment and one in which the safety of your child, and our staff, has been fully considered. The Academy will be a very different place when more students return and we will seek assurances from parents regarding acceptable conduct and compliance with our revised policies (further details to follow).

It is anticipated that, from Monday 15th June 2020, Year 10 students will be asked to attend either AM or PM sessions, within identified groups (Monday to Thursday); exact details will be provided closer to the time. The sessions will support students' engagement with online learning and the content that has been covered over the last term. It is imperative that all students continue to take full advantage of the online lessons and learning activities being provided for all year groups by our dedicated teachers.

Year 12 students will, by invitation, be asked to attend Subject Tutorials across the working week from Monday 15th June 2020. Again, further details will be provided in due course.

We will also continue to support the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable students through our established on-site support programme.

Given that a return to our previous way of working may not happen in the near future, it is critical that we continue to revise and improve our online teaching support. In response to parental and student requests, we will be implementing a weekly timetable for each year group, in June, that will help parents and children to plan their learning even more effectively. Work will be set for two to three subjects per day, according to a published timetable, and we will ensure that teachers are available for an identified hour per subject, on each day, in order to deliver a lesson and / or to answer specific questions. We will be aiming to increase the amount of 'live' contact in order to provide greater support for our learners.

If you have any questions, or you are struggling to access online learning, then please feel free to make contact with me or our It Technicians via the school email address (kingjames@kj1a.com).

Thank you again for your support and please continue to make contact if there is any way in which we can help you or if you have any suggestions regarding our current provision.

Stay safe and best wishes.

Nick Grieveson

Issue 8 of KJ Linked - Keeping Our Community Connected