Dear Parents / Carers
I know that many of you will be following the announcements made by the Government over the past two days.
Currently, South Devon UTC will continue to offer places for vulnerable children and those of key workers, but we understand that many parents will want to know more about when their children will return to College. Across the country, schools will also have heard this news for the first time and over the course of the next few weeks we will be reviewing the detailed guidance government has stated it will provide.
Detailed guidance was published for the first time for school leaders and a link document for parents and carers. Please read the link below.
Consequently, we are currently working hard to take the necessary action required to prepare to partially open the College on a phased return to the identified year groups in a safe manner.
Now that we have more guidance, we will be:
- Working with you, as parents and carers, to understand your concerns and views so we can take this into consideration in our planning. The survey can be found here: Parent View – COVID19 Re-opening please do take time to complete this for us before Wednesday 20th May 2020.
- Conducting a student survey in order that we can reflect on student views in relation to their Home Learning studies, wellbeing support and how we can continue to improve our provision over the next few months. This can be found here: https://www.edukit.org.uk/free-surveys
- Undertaking a detailed review of transport arrangements, staffing ratios, and site management in line with government health and safety recommendations. This will help us to make a clear plan for the changes we need to make to support recommended hygiene and social distancing measures.
- We will also need to think about how we develop the flexibilities that may be required if partial closures remain in place for a long period of time. We hope to send you an update before the start of half term, once we have received further government guidance, which is due to be released over the next few days.
It is important to note the following: “We will ensure that students who have key exams next year have an understanding of how teachers will support them to stay on track with a blend of distance learning, independent study and attendance for some in school sessions.” Prime Minister briefing. This means the learning your child is doing now will in fact help them be prepared for their GCSEs/A Level or Level 3 studies for certification in the summer of 2021. The teachers and I thank you very much for al the support and encouragement you are doing to make this process as meaningful as possible.
We will continue to prioritise pastoral care via telephone calls and emails, as well as weekly bulletins to support students with their home learning tasks. We are continuing to make the necessary improvements to increase teacher – student communication and opportunities to celebrate and praise students for their incredible perseverance and endeavours during this period.
We are also already committed to:
- The continuation of education on a full-time basis for the children of key workers and vulnerable students.
- Providing vouchers to support our families eligible for free school meals.
- Endeavouring to provide laptop devices to support vulnerable students who are struggling to access online learning. Please contact the College via the Year Group support email for further information.
- Submitting the required information to Examination Boards by the set deadlines.
- Ensuring that current Year 11 and Year 13 students are supported with the plans they have in place for transition to their next provision.
- Ensuring that our distance learning resources and support continues to improve.
Thank you for continuing to support your children and the College, we appreciate the many thoughtful messages we continue to receive.
Stay safe and happy,