08 Jan

I’d like to start this week by wishing you all a very safe, happy and peaceful new year. I hope that you are all keeping safe and well?

I’m a little unsure where to start this week as so much has happened within such a short time. I’ve never known a week like this week in the 25 years I have worked within education. Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you to all our families for their support, understanding and patience this week when we were unable to open safely to students on Monday and Tuesday because of planning our response to the new Tier structure and then news of the national lockdown on Monday evening. I’d like to assure our families that this decision was not taken lightly.

I totally understand the position that many families have taken to keep students at home in line with government advice. I’d like to assure families that we are working to ensure that our remote learning provision is as meaningful and varied as possible. Our teams have been busy over the last few days developing a varied programme which our students will be able to engage with. Mr. Thompson is also looking at a remote ‘Music’ offer which students will be able to access via their iPads which looks really exciting. We will also be linking up virtually for live sessions where students will get the chance to see some of their friends. I’ll definitely be joining in with some of the live Music sessions! (virtually of course!)

Over the last couple of days, staff have been distributing iPads to families to enable remote learning to start taking place next week, we are also looking at producing some ‘How to’ guides for families! We appreciate that many of our students require alternative remote learning provisions and sensory resource packs have today been posted to families as appropriate.

At the end of last term, I mentioned that we are looking to restart the Learning Centre Parents’ Group. This will of course be virtual and we would like to invite as many parents as possible to take part. I can appreciate what a difficult and challenging time this is for our families and hope that being in contact with other parents and carers will help alleviate the sense of isolation that families often feel. We will also invite outside professionals as requested/required. If you would like to be part of the Parents’ Group, please email Mr. Barker at jkbarker@newbridgegroup.org.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to our amazing staff team who have worked tirelessly to liaise with a large number of our families, help develop a new blended curriculum model and timetable both for on-site and remote learning, help co-ordinate a new Learning Centre provision including a new groupings and staffing structure, ensure iPads and resource packs are sent home and whilst doing all this provide a calm, safe and secure environment for those students on site at the Learning Centre. Well done all, you’re amazing.

Finally, thank you to our students, who as always seem to take everything in their stride, and who have coped with new classes, staffing, timetable and enhanced safety protocols. You guys are what I come to work for!

If families have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Learning Centre.

Take care and stay safe,

Dawn

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