March 2021 Update
Following the government announcement on Monday 22nd February, we are looking forward to welcoming all children back to school on Monday 8th March.
At Monkhouse Primary School, we understand the need to continually deliver high quality education, including during periods of remote learning – whether for an individual pupil or many. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations in all areas of school life and ensuring that all pupils have access to the learning resources and support they need to succeed.
Following Government guidelines, it is our duty to provide learning for children during a national lockdown or should they be self isolating at home due to COVID-19 (whether awaiting a test, having to self-isolate due to family members or having a positive test themselves). For remote learning; in Years 1 to 6, we will use Google Classroom and in EYFS we will use Tapestry to share Home Learning. Teachers will use these platforms to share learning activities and resources, lead live learning, capture children’s learning, and communicate about progress and needs, providing a continuous formative assessment cycle as it would do within the class.
The work produced must be returned before the deadline date set and completed to the best of the child's ability. The staff video’s will share the expectations of what completed work should look like and the approximate time it should take children to complete. The school expects children to maintain a good work ethic during the period of remote learning; therefore, teachers will closely monitor this and make contact with individual families where necessary to discuss any barriers or support that may be needed. Where necessary Children are accountable for the completion of their own schoolwork – teaching staff will contact parents via a range of media (phone/email/google classroom/) if their child is not completing their schoolwork or their standard of work has noticeably decreased. Teachers will respond in a timely manner to meet the needs of all learners. Daily assessment and feedback will be given both verbally in live sessions and written.
Teaching staff are legally required to monitor the academic progress of pupils with and without access to the online learning resources and discuss additional support or provision. Teaching staff will monitor the academic progress of pupils with SEND and discuss additional support or provision with the SENCO as soon as possible.
From our records, provided by parents, those families without a device have been offered a school loan and parents have completed an online leasing agreement to ensure this device is looked after and returned in the same condition as it was loaned in.
Our Coronavirus catch up premium grant in academic year 2020 to 2021 is £17,360.
Decisions about future expenditure will be made in the Spring Term.