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16/3/21
Home Testing

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Thank you for your support in helping us to ensure a smooth and orderly return to school for all of our students. It has been great to see the pupils back in school, as they have settled quickly and positively in to all aspects of school life.

As you are aware we have offered COVID-19 testing for all the students on their return to school and for those students who have already been attending throughout the lockdown period.  After having 3 tests in school, in line with government guidance we will be supplying families with LFD test kits to facilitate students self-testing, twice a week at home. Your child(ren) has now had 3 tests in school and is ready to move to home testing.  Today they have received a briefing and demonstration on how to do this and will bring home their test kit.

The full instructions for using the tests and for registering results are included with the test kit.   You can access video content and instruction on how to carry out home testing on youtube

Once you have understood the testing process and have read the privacy notice (attached), if you choose to participate you are committing to self-administer the test and report your results via the NHS Test & Trace digital platform and to school, in line with government guidance and to assist with contact tracing.  In order for you to report your results to school you will need to complete the form here

A particular detail of the guidance states that ‘…adolescents aged 12 to 17 should self-test and report with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test if necessary. Children aged 11 attending a secondary school should be tested by an adult’.

Pupils with a negative LFD test result should continue to attend school. However, those with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. A confirmatory PCR test should then be booked online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the home self-test LFD test and the pupil can then return to school.

Engagement in the home testing programme is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged. The school is grateful to all those families who participate, providing another layer of protection to help us to minimise the risk for our school community. If you have any queries regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at: info@telfordlangleyschool.co.uk or langleypastoralsupport@taw.org.uk .

As always thank you for your continued support.

Mr S Carter

Headteacher

HOME TESTING PRIVACY NOTICE

INSTRUCTIONS ON TAKING A HOME TESTING SWAB

 

2/3/21
Return to School for all Students

Dear Parent/Carer,

Following our careful examination of the latest government guidance for the reopening of schools to all students from 8th March, we can now share our detailed plans for welcoming all students back from next week. These plans minimise risk and provide a full educational experience for our young people.

Our risk assessment and plan has been approved by our trust and these documents can be found on our website http://www.telfordlangleyschool.co.uk/school-information .

The plan is very detailed and staff will be receiving thorough training to ensure that it is effectively implemented. We will also be working carefully with parents, carers and the students to ensure that all of our community adhere to the plan and comply with the government guidance. Much of the guidance is unchanged from the Autumn Term, so I have highlighted the changes to our risk assessment and plan in yellow for ease of reference.

Further to this please note the following key information regarding the return to school for all of our students:

As stated in my last letter (link below for reference) students’ start times depend on their year and tutor group. Please take note of the times and dates in the attached letter, so that your child arrives on the correct day and at the right time. A text message has been sent today and another will be sent on Friday as a reminder. All students, regardless of whether consent has been given for a test, should arrive as close to their allotted time as possible at the allocated gate shown in the table. Both gates are clearly signed, but Gate F is the back gate between the tennis courts and the sports Hall and Gate E is a little further up the road towards the main entrance of the school. Staff will be on duty to guide students and please be reassured that no student will be tested without consent.

After arriving in school at their allotted time/date next week, the students will then stay in school, moving to week 2 of their normal timetable and adopting the 'usual' start and finish times that were in place prior to the Christmas break, shown below:

-Year 11 arrive at 8.25am via the main entrance and leave at 2.20pm via the main entrance

-Year 8 arrive at 8.30am via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff carpark and leave at 2.25pm via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff carpark

-Year 7 arrive at 8.35am via the main entrance and leave at 2.30pm via the main entrance

-Year 9 arrive at 8.40am via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff carpark and leave at 2.35 via the rear gates, behind the sports hall, opposite the main staff carpark

-Year 10 arrive at 8.45am via the main entrance and leave at 2.40pm via the main entrance

  • Breakfast club will resume on Thursday 11th March from 7.30am onwards, for those students who had previously booked places during the Autumn term. Places are limited to ensure appropriate social distancing and year group zoning.
  • To start with, Homework Club will be for year 7 and 8 only and run for 1 hour after school each day and the same booking arrangements will apply.
  • After school Intervention session will also resume this term with more information to follow shortly
  • Students will be required to wear full school uniform as normal
  • Following the students return to school next week, mandatory school attendance will apply. The pupil ready reckoner is attached for guidance. Please can I stress the importance of informing the school if your child is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and has received a shielding letter.

The main operational change from the Autumn term are the expectations regarding face coverings. The correct use of face coverings will be now required for all students (other than those who are exempt) in the following situations:

  • When moving around the school in busy areas when 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • When queuing in the heart space for food or when in communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain
  • When in classrooms or specialist rooms such as Science labs, workshop lessons etc where 2 metres social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • In PE lessons students should wear face coverings whilst lining up, when in changing rooms and corridors etc. However, they should be removed during exercise/physical activity, when outside and when social distancing can be maintained.

Face coverings should be without any offensive logos or slogans and in the event that a pupil attends without a suitable face covering, a disposable face covering will be provided. Please see below guidance for the correct use of face covering and ask that you discuss this with your child to ensure that they are reminded of this before their return to school.

As always, If you have any queries regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at: info@telfordlangleyschool.co.uk or langleypastoralsupport@taw.org.uk .

Finally, I would like to thank all parents, carers, staff  and the students for the incredible resilience that has been shown by our community throughout this unprecedented time and look forward to successful and happy return to school for all.

Continued thanks for your ongoing support.

Kind regards

Steve Carter

Headteacher

Useful Links 

 Covid Ready Reckoner

 Full School Opening Letter

Mental Health Support 

 Government Guidance on Face Coverings

School Risk Assessment 

School Plan 

 

26/2/21
Full School Reopening from the 8th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to my previous communication I am pleased to be sharing the schedule for the phased return of all students, from Monday 8th March onwards. Please note that our remote learning provision will remain in place for all students until their return to school.

Our registered key worker children and vulnerable students should continue to attend school, in line with current arrangements and they will then transition to their usual timetable with rest of their returning year group.

In accordance with the most recent government guidance, we will offer COVID-19 testing for the students on their return to school, offering 3 tests in total, 3 to 5 days apart. The key worker children and vulnerable students currently in school will be offered the first of their LFD test during the week beginning Monday 1st March. Following the third test in school, families will be supplied with LFD test kits to facilitate self-testing, twice a week at home.

This is an asymptomatic testing programme, designed for people who do not have any COVID 19 symptoms. If your child is showing symptoms, you must follow the self-isolation and testing guidance.

If you have not already given consent for your child to be tested please do so by following this link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=2s8TOK9SpUy44yMVeXcKugHBc1JKFIJPpyqYP-zZDMRURTZIME5LMkI0NVpOWE1ETTg5NTI3Uks2MC4u

The tests are not compulsory; however, we strongly urge you to consent to help protect your child, your family, and our school community.

Students’ start times depend on the tutor group. Please take note of the times and dates below, so that your child arrives on the correct day and at the right time. A text message will be sent to you nearer their return date as a reminder. All students, regardless of whether consent has been given for a test, should arrive as close to their allotted time as possible at the allocated gate shown in the table. Both gates are clearly signed, but Gate F is the back gate between the tennis courts and the sports Hall and Gate E is a little further up the road towards the main entrance of the school. Staff will be on duty to guide students. Please be reassured that no student will be tested without consent.

The dates and times that students will return to school are as follows:

Year 11 and Year 10 will return on Monday, 8th March.

Time

Tutor Group

Entry gate

Tutor Group

Entry gate

9.00am

10-TUT-1

F

11-TUT-1

E

9.30am

10-TUT-2

F

11-TUT-2

E

10.00am

10-TUT-3

F

11-TUT-3

E

10.30am

10-TUT-4

F

11-TUT-4

E

11.00am

10-TUT-5

F

11-TUT-5

E

11.30am

10-TUT-6

F

Year 8 and Year 9 will return on Tuesday, 9th March.

Start

Tutor Group

Entry gate

Tutor Group

Entry gate

9.00am

9-TUT-1

F

8-TUT-1

E

9.30am

9-TUT-2

F

8-TUT-2

E

10.00am

9-TUT-3

F

8-TUT-3

E

10.30am

9-TUT-4

F

8-TUT-4

E

11.00am

9-TUT-5

F

8-TUT-5

E

11.30am

9-TUT-6

F

8-TUT-6

E

12.00pm

9-TUT-7

F

8-TUT-7

E

Year 7 will return on Wednesday, 10th March.

Time

Tutor Group

Entry gate

Tutor Group

Entry gate

9.00am

7-TUT-1

F

7-TUT-4

E

9.30am

7-TUT-2

F

7-TUT-5

E

10.00am

7-TUT-3

F

7-TUT-6

E

10.30am

7-TUT-7

E

If a student’s first test result is negative, they will stay in school and go to lessons. If positive, we will follow the usual school procedures for dealing with a positive case.

The chart shows the outline of tests for each year group:

Mon 8th March

Tues 9th March

Weds

10th

March

Thurs 11th March

Fri

12th March

Mon

15th March

Tues 16th March

Weds 17th

March

Thurs 18th March

Friday 19th March

Year 7

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Year 8

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Year 9

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Year 10

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3

Year 11

Test 1

Test 2

Test 3


If your child is in receipt of free school meals, you will continue to receive free school meal vouchers up until the day your child returns to school.

This information is provided primarily to give parents and carers advanced warning of the students’ return date and time. I will be providing the full details regarding the students’ return to school during the week beginning 1st March. However, If you have any queries regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at: info@telfordlangleyschool.co.uk or langleypastoralsupport@taw.org.uk .

As always thank you for your continued support.

Mr S Carter

Headteacher


 

7/1/21
Increasing Data Allowances

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am writing to inform you of a government scheme which temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks:

  • - Three
  • - Virgin Mobile
  • - EE
  • - Tesco
  • - Sky
  • - Smarty

Other providers may join at a later stage.

The scheme has been provided to assist pupils to access remote education if their face to face education is disrupted.

We can request mobile data increases for pupils who:

- Do not have fixed broadband at home

- Cannot afford additional data for their devices

- Are experiencing disruption to their face to face education

- Are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are interested in this scheme please follow the link to register your details and read the privacy information from the DFE:

Form to complete: CLICK HERE

DFE Privacy Notice: CLICK HERE

If you feel that increasing the data allowance of a mobile device is not sufficient to help your child to access home learning there is another scheme we may be able to access to obtain a wireless hotspot device for your use at home. Please contact us via langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk is you would like us to explore this.

Yours faithfully,

Mr P Hewitt

Deputy Head Teacher

 

7/1/21
Y11 Mock Exams and Vocational Exams

Dear Parents/Carers

Following the announcement by the prime minister it has been confirmed that external vocational examinations that were scheduled to take place in the next two weeks will continue as planned.

The school will follow strict control measures for the exams at all times in line with government guidance – can I please reassure you that the welfare and safety of pupils is of paramount importance at all times.

It is vital that students revise thoroughly for these examinations as they will form part of the evidence for their final grade. Subject teachers will provide support ahead of the exam over allocated sessions in Microsoft Teams.

Students must arrive at school, in full school uniform, 30 minutes before the start of the exam. They are to enter the school through the side entrance and go directly to the Sports Hall.

· Tuesday 12th January, 09:00am – CNAT Engineering (1 Hour)

· Wednesday 13th January, 01:00pm – CNAT Information Technologies (1 Hour 45m)

If for any reason you do not attend the exam the exam boards have confirmed the below:

· They will award a grade for any learner who is unable to take their exams and has enough evidence to receive a certificate that they need for progression. 

· Learners unable to take their assessment this January may be able to take their assessment at a later date. If that is not possible, we will put in place arrangements to ensure you are not disadvantaged. 

We are still awaiting further clarification from the exam boards in relation to any other vocational assessments taking place outside this two week window. The school position continues to be that students should continue to prepare fully for these upcoming assessments engaging fully in all the live sessions and revision advice provided by subject teachers.

The Mock exams planned for next week will not go ahead as planned. However we will look at rescheduling these exams in due course when pupils return. It is therefore of vital importance that students engage fully in the live sessions being delivered and complete the work allocated by their subject teachers over this period of working at home.

If you require any further information about the examinations please do not hesitate to contact school. If students would like additional support then please can they direct all questions to their subject teacher.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Carter
Headteacher

 

20/11/20
Home Learning - Years 7-10

Dear Parents/Carers

As a school we are committed to supporting your child’s learning both when in school and when working from home. Can I please take this opportunity to outline how we intend to support students when working from home including Live Video Sessions and Microsoft Teams Clinics’ that will be running from 5th January until 15th January 2021.

In line with my previous correspondence all remote learning is completed through Microsoft Teams – Students will be invited separately to each of the Live Video Sessions and we would expect them to attend all of the sessions listed on the attached rota. Registers will be taken for each of the live sessions.

1. Students have been encouraged over the last term to download and familiarise themselves with Microsoft teams to support them when they need to work from home – dedicated pages have been setup on the school website with videos and guides to support Parents and Students in using Microsoft Teams if required. Please visit http://langleyonlinelearning.co.uk/ and http://www.telfordlangleyschool.co.uk/home-learning for more details.

2. Please in the below links a guide to Remote Learning – this explains how to access the home learning resource folders for all subjects.

3. Please find included in the links below a guide to Microsoft Teams which will be used to run the ‘Live Sessions’ and ‘Subject Clinics’ each day and a timetable of the different live sessions and clinics that are taking place. Students will receive an individual invite to each of the live video sessions once logged in to teams and then the clinics provide additional support for students in working through the home learning resources if required. If they access Microsoft Teams at the times on the ‘clinic rota’ a subject specialist teacher will be available to answer any questions and provide support as needed.

As a school we have been working with families towards ensuring that all students are able to access this online provision. If access to a suitable device at home remains a problem, please contact the school at langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk

4. Students behaviour and conduct when using Microsoft Teams should be always of the highest standard. Can I ask that you familiarise yourself with the schools online learning expectations and reinforce these with your child.

5. If you have any issues or questions regarding home learning can I please encourage you to email the school using the home learning email address rather than contacting the school in the first instance langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Carter
Executive Headteacher

Year 7 Live Sessions and Subject clinic Rota

Year 8 Live Sessions and Subject clinic Rota

Year 9 Live Sessions and Subject clinic Rota

Year 10 Live Sessions and Subject clinic Rota

Parent Guide to using Microsoft Teams

Home Learning Instructions

Home Learning Expectations

 

4/1/21
Home Learning - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers

As a school we are committed to supporting your child’s learning both when in school and when working from home. Can I please take this opportunity to outline how we intend to support students when working from home including Live Video Sessions and Microsoft Teams Clinics’ that will be running from 5th January until 8th January 2021.

In line with my previous correspondence all remote learning is completed through Microsoft Teams – Students will be invited separately to each of the Live Video Sessions and we would expect them to attend all of the sessions listed on the attached rota. Registers will be taken for each of the live sessions.

1. Students have been encouraged over the last term to download and familiarise themselves with Microsoft teams to support them when they need to work from home – dedicated pages have been setup on the school website with videos and guides to support Parents and Students in using Microsoft Teams if required. Please visit http://langleyonlinelearning.co.uk/ and http://www.telfordlangleyschool.co.uk/home-learning for more details.

2. Please find in the below links a guide to Remote Learning – this explains how to access the home learning resource folders for all subjects.

3. Please find included in the below links a guide to Microsoft Teams which will be used to run the ‘Live Sessions’ and ‘Subject Clinics’ each day and a timetable of the different live sessions and clinics that are taking place. Students will receive an individual invite to each of the live video sessions once logged in to teams and then the clinics provide additional support for students in working through the home learning resources if required. If they access Microsoft Teams at the times on the ‘clinic rota’ a subject specialist teacher will be available to answer any questions and provide support as needed.

As a school we have been working with families towards ensuring that all students are able to access this online provision. If access to a suitable device at home remains a problem, please contact the school at langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk

4. Students behaviour and conduct when using Microsoft Teams should be always of the highest standard. Can I ask that you familiarise yourself with the schools online learning expectations and reinforce these with your child.

5. If you have any issues or questions regarding home learning can I please encourage you to email the school using the home learning email address rather than contacting the school in the first instance langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Carter
Executive Headteacher

Year 11 Live Sessions and Subject clinic Rota

Parent Guide to using Microsoft Teams

Home Learning Instructions

Home Learning Expectations

 

2/1/21
Important message regarding the start of the new term

Dear Parent/Carers,

Please find below a summary of plans for the start of Spring Term:

• I can confirm that the school is planning for the roll out of COVID 19 testing for all staff and pupils during the next 2 weeks, in line with government guidance. More details will follow regarding the arrangements for this.

• Tuesday 5th January – Friday 8th January Critical Workers/Vulnerable pupils in all year groups to attend school and work in year group bubble bases.

-Key worker children: The school has already liaised with the parents and carers of key worker children in Years 7-10 and will contact the Year 11 key worker parents on Monday. Parents and carers who have registered will be accommodated in the Year base bubbles, following the remote provision in place for years 7-11, supported by pastoral and subject staff.

-Vulnerable students: The parents and carers of vulnerable students in Years 7-10 have been contacted directly to make arrangements for the first week of term and we will contact Year 11 parents of vulnerable students on Monday. Again, these students will be accommodated in the Year base bubbles, following the remote provision in place for years 7-11, supported by pastoral and subject staff.

All pupils attending school should arrive at their usual staggered start times and usual allocated entrance.

• Monday 11th January-Friday 15th January: Pupils in Year 11/Critical Workers/Vulnerable pupils to attend school. Year 11 to follow their normal timetable and scheduled exams. Critical worker/vulnerable students continue to work in their bubble bases. Pupils in Years 7-10 continue to access our remote learning provision.

• During this 2 week period remote learning provision will be in place for all year groups, with further details to follow on Monday. Our remote learning provision is now fully online and we have been working with families towards ensuring that all students are able to access this provision. If access to a suitable device at home remains a problem, please contact the school at langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk

• All pupils are expected to return to school as normal from Monday 18th January.

• Year 11 Mock and scheduled exams will now commence WB 11th January with a full programme to follow.

As always thank you for your ongoing support.

Very best wishes and kind regards

Steve Carter

Headteacher

 

18/12/20
End of Term Newsletter

Please click here to view the end of term newsletter.

 

14/12/20
Free school meal vouchers for Christmas holiday period

 

3/12/20
End of Term Arrangements

Dear parent/carer,

I hope that you are all safe and well.

You may have seen in the press that the UK Government and Public Health England has updated its advice to schools regarding our role in Track and Trace during the school holidays. In this new guidance, schools have been given the option to close early for the Christmas break on Thursday 17th December and make up the lost teaching time later in the school year.

Please be aware that we have decided not to take this option and we will continue with our existing plans (please see link below), rather than to change them at this late stage.

To confirm:

Friday 18th December will be the last day of term and our existing arrangements for the end of term are unchanged

The students will return to school as calendared, at their usual start times, on Tuesday 5th January as planned

In order for us to comply with our Track and Trace responsibilities can I ask that If your child tests positive for Covid-19 during the Christmas holiday and they were symptomatic on Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th December, please notify school via email info@telfordlangleyschool.co.uk . If your child tests positive but their symptoms started on Monday 21st December onwards, you do not need to contact school but should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

Please contact the school using the usual channels if you would like further information regarding this matter.

As always thank you for your ongoing support.

Kind regards

Steve Carter

Headteacher

End of Term Letter and Parental Permission Form 


 

26/11/20
Year 11 - Blended Learning

 

24/11/20
Online learning expectations when using Microsoft Teams

Dear Parents/Carers

As a school we have started to develop our use of Microsoft Teams to deliver subject clinics to allow students to keep in contact with staff and ask questions using the different subject channels. Class teams have also been setup to allow students to access resources for classes on their timetable shared by their teachers.

Additionally, we have also started to deliver live video sessions over teams where pupils will have a subject specific session focussing on a key area of learning or knowledge. When a bubble are required to work at home these sessions are compulsory and should be attended by all students in the bubble (Students will be sent an invite to the ‘live’ sessions through teams).

Clearly the use of Microsoft Teams requires students to work in a different way than normal and allows pupils to develop their learning both in school and at home. With this is mind can I ask that you encourage your child to download the Microsoft Teams App to their phone. The App is free to download on either Apple or Android devices. We intend to continue to develop our use of Microsoft Teams going forward and important notifications will be sent over teams throughout the year to support students learning in all subjects. We strongly encourage students to regularly use teams throughout the academic year to access resources at home to support classroom based learning.

Finally, please find below a link to the online learning expectations for students when using Microsoft Teams. It is important that your child understands that this is a learning platform and their behaviour when using this tool should always be of the highest standard.

Online learning expectations - November 2020

Can I conclude by thanking you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely

Mr S Carter
Executive Headteacher

 

9/11/20
Microsoft Teams Subject Clinics

Dear Parents/Carers

As a school we are committed to supporting your child’s learning both when in school and when working from home. Can I please take this opportunity to outline how we intend to support students who are isolating, when working from home including details of new Microsoft Teams Clinics’ that will be running each day.

Pupils will be invited separately to each of the Live Video Sessions and we would expect them to attend all of the sessions listed on the rotas below. 

1. You have already received a letter regarding Remote Learning – this explains how to access the home learning resources for all subjects.

2. In the links below you will find a guide to Microsoft Teams which will be used to run the ‘clinics’ each day and a timetable of the different clinics that are taking place. The clinics will provide additional support for pupils in working through the home learning resources if required. If they access Microsoft Teams at the times on the ‘clinic rota’ a subject specialist teacher will be available to answer any questions and provide support as needed.

Please remember these clinics are available through either a computer or mobile device.

3. If you have any issues regarding home learning can I please encourage you to email the school using the home learning email address rather than contacting the school in the first instance langley.homelearning@taw.org.uk

4. Finally we understand that not all pupils have access to a laptop at home to access the Remote Learning resources and printed copies of the resources have been provided to all parents that completed the paper resources request sheet previously. If you do require a copy of printed resources please email the 'Paper Resource Request Form' (see below link) to paul.hewitt@taw.org.uk

Going forward we hope to continue to develop our use of Microsoft Teams and I will keep you informed of this in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Carter
Executive Headteacher

Parent Guide to using Microsoft Teams

Home Learning Instructions

Year 9 Subject Clinic Rota

Year 8 Subject Clinic Rota

Year 10 Subject Clinic Rota

Year 11 Subject Clinic Rota

Paper Resource Request Form

 

5/11/20
Important Update Covid 19 for Parents and Carers

Important Update Covid 19 for Parents and Carers