An Ambitious, Inspirational Partnership of Outstanding Learning
21st May 2020
I hope you are all well, and that the general confusion in the media about the next steps for schools is not causing you additional concern. I am going to outline the position for Trust Schools which will hopefully make things clearer for you. As we all know, this is a new situation and one which we anticipate will continue to develop over time; therefore, it is essential to continue to work together and continue to communicate well while we move through the next steps.
The most important things are that we keep the pupils and the staff safe by using and following the guidance based on Government guidance which includes the factors that have been considered through school based risk assessments. In summary our planning must include the following:
As you will be aware from the media, the Government focus appears at the moment to be
is on primary schools and Year 10's but for special schools we are being encouraged to take a more needs lead approach. without specific reference to year groups. Trust Schools will continue to provide the current offer whilst beginning to consult with parents/ carers about any potential the extension of the offer in full consideration of the a nd the requirements of our pupils.
The consultation regarding any changes to our current offer will begin immediately with a view to being potentially extended over a staggered period between the 1st June and the 8th June whilst ensuring the offer is both safe and sustainable. We will not be in a position to offer full time placement at school for any pupil for the foreseeable future (unless in exceptional circumstances) due to the limit on places, we need to keep numbers attending school to a minimum in our attempt to support social distancing. I would highlight this approach could at any time be affected by the latest Government guidance, scientific or health advice.
I would like to be clear on the following guidance:
All schools will continue to provide remote support and online resources to pupils that cannot attend school.
If you are feeling unsure of any information published and you need support, please contact your school.
I really appreciate the support you have shown our schools over the past few weeks, I understand how difficult this has been for some. We will continue to work closely with you and work towards getting as many pupils safely into school as possible over the second half of this summer term once all factors outlined have been fully considered.
If you have any questions, comments - or wish to discuss any of this with myself or Head teachers please do not hesitate to contact us.
Special Partnership Trust