COVID -19 Government & School Advice

Friday 3rd April 2020

 

An end of term reflection for all members of the Lampton School Community from Mr Davis

 

There are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen”

Lenin

At the end of this Spring Term it certainly does feel that over the last few weeks more than a decade of events has happened. None of us would have thought when we came back to school in January that the nation would be in lockdown, the school would be shut for the foreseeable future, public examinations cancelled and Lampton operating as a ‘virtual’ school.

Out of adversity hope arises – and the Lampton School community has certainly shown that it is able to deal with challenges. I have been overwhelmed with how well we have adapted to our new way of working – the year team Google pages just show the amazing engagement students and staff have shown at this very challenging time. The excellent responses to our parental survey last week reinforced the positive relationships between home and school. Once again, my congratulations to you all and also my gratitude for the way you have all supported each other and the school.

We now move to the school holiday – a very odd one in that the country remains in lockdown and many of the things we normally enjoy during a school holiday period are not possible. However, this holiday gives us all a chance to rest, relax and reflect on the last very busy few weeks and, more importantly I think, to start to plan for the future. This national crisis will end and when it does we will all be able to get back to our normal routines. So, take stock on what you have achieved in these last few weeks of being part of a virtual school and set yourself goals for what you want to achieve as a virtual learner when the new term starts and also goals you wish to achieve when we are all back together as a school community in person.

 

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement”

Helen Keller

 

So even in these challenging times, remain optimistic and focus on achieving the very best – remember our school values of excellence, respect and integrity. Strive to achieve the very best standards possible; respect yourself and each other; and show integrity by doing the right thing.

I wish you and your families a restful break. Stay optimistic and stay safe.

Mr Davis

Headteacher

The Summer term – communications

The last few weeks has been a frenetic time, as we scrambled to respond to the latest developments, and endeavoured to keep staff, students and parents fully aware of both the national picture and the school’s response. In the new term, we will be communicating at least once a week to parents via our Covid-19 page and we will continue to send a text message reminder once the page is updated. If there are any more urgent items, we will continue to send out a text message to alert you to updates on our website.

Lampton School response to Ofqual guidance on Summer 2020 GCSE & A-Level grades

How will the school decide on my grade?

The guidance is clear that schools should base their judgement on ‘the full range of available evidence when they grade students - including non-exam assessment; the results of any homework assignments or mock exams; and any other records of student performance over the course of study.’  For Y13 students, this may include your AS grades.

What does this mean for my study programme now?

When the school closed on 20th March departments were still in the process of teaching the entire course, and your teachers will be submitting estimates based on completion of the entire course. It follows that Y11 & Y13 teachers will continue to set work until the May half term, and your engagement with the study programme is important to both give teachers’ the most comprehensive insight into your subject knowledge, skills and communication in all aspects of the syllabus.  In line with the government guidance, teachers will not however be attempting to set summative assessments to formally ‘examine’ students during this time. Teachers will though continue to assess your learning to give you feedback to help you improve your subject knowledge and skills.

Why should I continue to engage in the study programme?

Perhaps a more important reason to remain fully engaged in the study programme is to bear in mind that you don’t just come to school to pass examinations. What you are learning is also important in its own right: ‘knowledge is power’ and the ability to think, talk and write like a scientist or mathematician is the product of your meaningful engagement in the study programme. It’s also important to note that A-Level and any other post-16 qualifications build directly on subject knowledge and skills at GCSE, and so by continuing to engage you are helping to ensure your future success. Similarly for Y13 students, university courses will require a high level of competence from your A-Level courses. A further consideration is that if you are not content with your grade awarded in the summer, the government has made clear that you will have an opportunity to resit in the Autumn. This will again require your knowledge and skills across the whole course. 

What if I’m unable to complete any further work?

If since the closure of the school there are circumstances outside of your control, such as falling ill, or caring responsibilities that have prevented you from completing your study programme, you should notify your Head of Year via email. Your Head of Year will then liaise with your subject teacher, and Subject Leader, to ensure that they are aware of your circumstances so that you are not disadvantaged in any way.

If you are having problems accessing the study programme due to insufficient IT resources, then please email Ms Kapila askapila@lampton.org.uk as we are continuing to arrange IT provision for students.

Can I speak to my teacher to ask them to raise my grade?

We have instructed teachers not to engage in any discussion with students or parents about any grades that they may be estimating for students. Teachers will be working with colleagues in departments to make objective judgements when estimating grades.

When will I be told what my grade is?

The guidance is very explicit that teachers may not disclose the grade, or the ranking, that they have estimated for students. Teachers are not in a position to ‘determine’ grades, merely to ‘estimate’ the grade - all grades submitted will be in effect standardised by the awarding bodies - so teachers will not know your final grades until you do! 

What does this mean for my Non-Exam Assessment?

The guidance makes clear that your NEA marks will not be formally submitted to the exam board.  However, your performance in the NEA or what you have completed thus far, will be a significant source of information that teachers use to submit your estimated grade. It is therefore important that you follow any instructions on submitting your work to your class teachers, to help provide evidence for your estimated grade. If there is a chance that you will want to enter a later set of exams, you should keep your NEA work in a safe place for submission then.

What about BTEC and other qualifications?

Unfortunately the guidance does not cover BTEC and other technical and vocational qualifications. The guidance states: ‘While this process does not apply to those qualifications, the same aims apply. We are working urgently to develop an approach and we will provide further information as soon as possible. We will let students and parents know once we have received such guidance from Ofqual. 

Will I get a chance to ‘appeal’ my grades?

We are awaiting further guidance on this, but so far we have been told you will only be able to appeal if you think Lampton have not correctly followed the guidance from Ofqual.  If you disagree with the grade given on results day you will have the chance to enter the Autumn exams.

Can I retake in Autumn?

Yes - but we don’t know the dates or process for this yet - this is why it is so important that you complete your courses and familiarise yourselves with the exam papers and questions and the skills required to answer them.

When will I get my results?

The guidance states that there will be a Results Day - it just may not be on the date you expected in August.  We are awaiting further guidance.

Will I be disadvantaged in the long term by not sitting examinations?

No.  The government has committed that no student will be disadvantaged by the exam arrangements this summer.  Your grades will be worth the same as any other year.

The only disadvantage you will face is if you don’t complete your course and have to resit or want to progress to further study without “a complete programme of study” 

Will universities accept these grades?

Yes, they will accept the grades as they would in any other year. 

Practically, there may be students who given this guidance will ‘check out’ before the end of their courses. To avoid this, when planning lessons for the final five weeks, we should ensure that the emphasis is on engaging and stimulating students - working with, as opposed to students feeling ‘done to’. Students should be encouraged and supported to see that continuing their studies is in their best interests. There may be some students who do not engage with us, don’t unduly focus on these students - give your best attention to the students who want to study.

What do I do with NEA?

We know that students will have worked hard to complete, or nearly complete their NEA, and we know that you have worked hard to support students. Although you no longer need to formally submit this to the exam boards for moderation, the guidance makes clear that NEA is an important source of information for determining a student’s estimated grade. If you are already in receipt of students’ NEA, then this is relatively straight-forward. If students have not yet submitted their NEA, then you should ensure a fair process for submitting NEA within the department even if students have not completed it - to ensure that students have received the same opportunities for support and guidance from staff. Our message to students should be that it’s in students best interests to submit NEA, however we should not be ‘chasing’ students for completion as we normally would.

When should we attempt to ‘rank order’ students?

There will be further guidance sent out after the Easter holidays. Please await this guidance before attempting to rank students. Departments will need to agree on a process, and this process will need to be verified by SLT to ensure consistency across the school.

For the letter to students, see here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf

For the full guidance see here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877842/Summer_2020_grades_for_GCSE_AS_A_level_EPQ_AEA_in_maths_-_guidance_for_teachers_students_parents.pdf

Support available for families financially affected by coronavirus

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) provides grants for essential items, for children (0-18yrs) and wants families to get in touch at this time. If the parent or carer works / has previously worked in a high street fashion retailer, fashion clothing company, supermarket that sells clothing, carpet store, knitwear, footwear, bridalwear, dry cleaners and many other related roles, their grants can pay for essential items that children need. (Grants are considered regardless of whether the parent / carer has been furloughed) 

Here’s what the charity can help to pay for: The charity can cover the cost of essential items such as clothing, laptops or tablets for home schooling, bedding and other household essentials, including white goods. If a child has a disability or additional needs, their grants can also help to support with mobility equipment, sensory toys, therapies and more.  Their grants are not a loan and do not need to be re-paid.  

Please note: the charity is not able to support with grants for food / household bills, nappies etc, but they are definitely worth contacting to ask for support the parent may need now and in the coming months for other essential items for children, to help out at home, with additional costs families may now be facing. 

Barbara, one of the parents supported with an FTCT grant said“You have nothing to lose but something to gain. It’s more than just things you’re applying for, getting that grant and knowing you have provided for your child is worth so much more."  

For more information, please go to their website: www.ftct.org.uk 


Mr Davis
Headteacher
 
Please see leaflet below provided by Hounslow Local Authority for emotional wellbeing tips for children & families - please scroll down to the downloads section of this page.

For previous updates please see sections below 

2nd April 2020 COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Daily Update from the Headteacher Thursday 2nd April 2020

I know that parents and carers are anxious to hear the announcement from Ofqual that was promised at the start at the week, about the process for determining GCSE and A-Level grades this summer. We are also very keen to hear this, and hope to be able to include this news in tomorrow’s update. Tomorrow marks the end of the term, and so in keeping with our usual practice we will close our ‘Virtual School’ at lunchtime to help give everyone a well-deserved break.

Access to IT

Hounslow Promise is a local charity currently in the process of securing laptops from IT companies to lend to school children in Hounslow. We have 30 laptops provisionally allocated to Lampton students. If your child currently has no access to a laptop or PC, or severely limited access to multiple children requiring IT access, please email Ms Kapila askapila@lampton.org.uk to express an interest in participating in the scheme. Please also indicate whether you would need a WIFI dongle to access the internet. We will then prioritise students by need and get in touch with you.

 

For parents of students with SEND:

Are you a parent or carer with a child with Special Educational Needs and Disability? This is a fantastic article to guide you through home learning.

 

Domestic Violence:

If you, or anyone you know is worried about domestic abuse or violence, please refer to this advice from the local authority on support available. It can be found following this link to our safeguarding page https://www.lampton.org.uk/667/safeguarding

Reflection

Today's Thursday, so it's Clap for Our Carers later at 8pm - a great opportunity to show gratitude for NHS staff and other key workers keeping us safe. There's so many good reasons to show gratitude - not least because showing gratitude is good for us too as individuals - taking a moment to reflect on what we're thankful is really helpful to protect our mental health. So today, find something to be thankful for... perhaps even one of your teachers who've gone out of their way to help you?

Clap for Our Carers

Guardian Video on Gratitude

Thank a Teacher Nomination Form

1st April 2020 COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL 2020

 

Google Classroom for Key Stage 3

Following on from the staff and parent surveys, following the Easter break we will be moving all our ‘Virtual School’ learning onto Google Classroom. This means that as of Monday 20th April, we will no longer be using Show My Homework. We have found that Google Classroom offers a lot more functionality to engage students at this time, and crucially it allows teachers to give more scope to assess students’ learning.

If you have a child in Years 7, 8 or 9 by Friday you will receive an email from Google Classroom that offers a summary of your child’s completion of assignments. At the foot of this email, you can access ‘SETTINGS’ to decide whether to receive a daily or weekly email. If you prefer not to receive any emails at all, please email your child’s Head of Year.

 

Year 11 Reports

This evening we were due to host our second Year 11 parents evening of the year, and so we would have used this opportunity to pass on Year 11 students’ pupil progress checks – containing students’ Pre Public Examination grades in core subjects, current grades and tutor reports. Because of the closure of the school site, we will now send these out electronically instead. As this is a new system, and due to the confidential nature of the data contained, we will need to take a few days more to ensure our new email system works effectively. We are attempting to email these out on Friday, but if not they will be sent out on Monday. 

 

Updated Department for Education guidance

The DfE have updated their information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings.

 

Useful websites:

The wellbeing charity Action for Happiness has some suggestions for ‘active coping’ activities for April.

The National Domestic Abuse charity have a helpline  available 0808 2000 247 and website 

 

Reflection:

"The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down and, although we hope to return to some version of normality in the coming months, it is probable that nothing will quite be the same again... But amid the darkness, there are also opportunities."

Take some time today to reflect on the ways that this period of intense disruption has made you challenge your assumptions about the world, your daily habits (good and bad) and to consider once we return to normality - what will be different about you?

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31st March COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER TUESDAY 31ST MARCH 2020

 

Many thanks to those families who responded to our parental survey issued on this page last Friday. As a result, the Senior Leadership Team have analysed responses and will be giving feedback via this page by the end of this week. Thank you to all families for their support during this time of working remotely.

 

Safeguarding update:

In light of the closure of the school site, we have added an addendum to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. The most significant development relates to the use of webcams during any online learning conversations with teachers. In summary, we have advised teachers to avoid any 1:1 video conferencing conversations with students. When using video conferencing with a class or group of students, this needs to through the school’s Google Hangouts / Meet package, and students need to turn off their own webcams and use audio only. Teachers will also use the record function on these conferences.

As previously advised, if you have any safeguarding concerns about your child or any other student, please get in touch safeguarding@lampton.org.uk.

 

Writing competition

To help maintain our Lampton Community, we will be publishing 'tutor time' resources to each year group. Each week we will have a different focus with a different competition: this week we will be exploring how students have found the last few weeks and running a 'Creative Writing' competition with years 7-11! Students can submit a letter, diary, story or song about their experience of the effect that Coronavirus has had on their lives. We're excited to see the talent that our students have to offer and will even be offering £20 Amazon vouchers for our most creative entries.

 

Learn a new language!

Rosetta Stone offer high quality online language courses, and for the next three months they are available completely free of charge. A great opportunity to learn a range of languages from Arabic to Vietnamese, click here for more information.

 

And for a final thought from Prince EA, click here

30th March COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER MONDAY 30TH MARCH 2020

Many thanks to everyone who completed our survey on our provision for students over the past week. Your comments are highly valued, and will together with feedback from staff and students help to inform our work programme for students following on from the Easter holidays. We have also issued further clarification today for staff to help ensure that students are not overwhelmed by the amount of work that they need to complete. If you have any further feedback about the study programme, please do contact your child’s Head of Year.

Today marks the start of the final week of a most unusual Spring Term. Therefore the last day of term in this Friday 3rd April, and so as you would expect there will be a break in the work programme for the next two weeks (Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April inclusive).

 

Keeping Children Safe during the COVID-19 crisis:

We remain committed to safeguarding children throughout the period of school closure, and we are currently reviewing our safeguarding policy to ensure that our policies and practices are sufficiently robust in this new situation. The full guidance can be accessed here. We will be working through this guidance and creating an addendum to our Child Protection policy, and will be share this with parents and carers via these updates.

Furthermore, we recognise that during this crisis, there may be a significant impact on the mental health of children and families. The Department for Education has recently published guidance that may be helpful for parents to refer to.

 If you have any specific concerns about your child’s mental health, wellbeing or safety, please do contact the Safeguarding team via email safeguarding@lampton.org.uk.

Cancellation of GCSE and A-Level examinations:

The Department for Education has shared some further clarification around the decision to cancel GCSE and A-Level examinations. We expect a further announcement later this week on the process that schools should follow to determine any estimated grades, and will share this with you as soon as this has been published. In the meantime, it’s important that students continue to engage with their work programme, as teachers will be continuing to assess students on their knowledge, skills and communication.

A thought for the week ahead:

Students are like footballers now- just because there are no games doesn't mean they stop training! You are all now in the same position as professional footballers!

All football activity has been suspended until further notice, but players have been told to remain professional and to follow their training programmes for however long they may be isolated.

Les Ferdinand, Director of Football at Queens Park Rangers, has this to say:

"We have given specific training and nutrition programmes to the players. We keep reiterating to the players ‘this is not a holiday, this is not a break.' Unfortunately, you are not allowed to come into the training ground but you are professional athletes. You need to keep yourself in condition to be able to hit the ground running again. We all know that if you are off for a certain amount of time, at the end of the season, when you come back you will need a six-week period to get yourselves back up to speed. But this is not a period where we have said ‘go home, put your feet up and relax’.

The players are expected to do something every day to keep themselves ticking over so when we do go back in, we will have missed a couple of games but they shouldn’t need a full pre-season to resume playing football again. We’ll test them when they come back and hopefully they realise they need to be professional enough to take it on board."

You need to be as professional as you can be by continuing to study.

Although we can't imagine this right now, we will eventually return to some kind of normality. We don't know exactly when that will be, but it will happen, and we must remember this because it gives all of us a reason to keep going and look forward to the future.


Mr Davis
Headteacher

27th March COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER FRIDAY 27TH MARCH 2020

 

As we complete the first full week of operating as a ‘virtual school’, we would like to seek feedback from parents on your views of the effectiveness of our provision. It seems likely that we will be operating as a ‘virtual school’ for some time after the Easter holidays, and so we will need to plan to ensure that our online provision is as effective as can be. We will then update parents on any changes to be implemented from Monday 20th April via these updates next week. If you have children in different year groups, if you could please complete one per child so that we have an accurate picture of any variations in parents’ experience by year group. Please see the link for the form, the survey will remain open until Monday evening. Thank-you in advance for your help, and have a restful weekend.

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DVNYBQZ​

 

Update from Ofqual re GCSE and A-Level Examinations:

Yesterday Ofqual, the exams regulator, issued an update on how it will ensure that students receive qualifications this year. We have shared the guidance below, and will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information. Please be assured that we have robust systems in place to ensure the accuracy of teacher assessments:

“We are rapidly working up plans to implement the arrangements the Secretary of State for Education has set out for exams this summer and, with exam boards and teaching bodies, are making considerable progress.

Students understandably want reassurance, and teachers urgently need to know what to do, and when. We expect to publish detailed information about the process and timetable which will apply this summer next week. This will include the steps we would like teachers to follow and more detailed guidance on how to consider the full range of evidence they will have available when submitting their assessment grades. We are talking to teaching representatives to make sure that what we are planning is manageable and appropriate, so that students, parents, carers and teachers can have confidence in the approach.

We will outline by Easter the process we will follow to make sure grades are fair across schools and colleges, as well as our proposals for appeals. We will also say more as soon as possible about the arrangements for additional exams in the new academic year.

We want to reassure students waiting for news that we are doing everything we can to make sure they are not disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.”

 

Free School Meal vouchers:

A reminder, if your child is normally in receipt of free school meals, and you are experiencing hardship, please contact Ms Kapila who is coordinating the release of ASDA vouchers for the duration of the school closure. Ms Kapila can be contacted at askapila@lampton.org.uk

 

Message to all students from Mr Davis:

Dear All – Today marks the end of the first week that we have operated as a ‘virtual school.’ Just a couple of weeks ago, none of us had even thought that the school would be closed and the whole of our country placed in lockdown. As a result, we have all had to made massive changes to our lives in a very short period of time.

I would like to congratulate all of you for your engagement in our on-line work programme and how well you have adapted to the momentous changes we have been through in this short period. I am proud of you all. Well done!

We will be reviewing our on-line programme next week based on feedback which you have given to your teachers when they have contacted you. Thank you for your honest feedback – these are unprecedented and challenging times, so we need to work together to achieve the very best and have a work programme that supports you all.

I would also like to congratulate all of your teachers and support staff – they have worked really hard in a short period of time to produce resources and also keep in touch with you. Your families too have been great a support as we have had to make this transition to learning on-line so swiftly.

In the weeks ahead you need to maintain your engagement with the work programme, support your family and friends and very importantly follow the advice of the Government to make sure that this virus is beaten: “Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.”

Finally, these times are very challenging for us all but we must do our very best to remain positive. As the US Poet Maya Angelou said: “You may not control all of the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

Stay strong, stay safe and be healthy.

Mr Davis
Headteacher

26th March COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER THURSDAY 26TH MARCH 2020

Transferring our learning online has represented a steep learning curve for both staff and students, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their instrumental role helping to ensure that our students remain engaged, focused and productive. We are going to keep to our learning programme under review, and will be consulting with parents next week about your experiences of online learning. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your son or daughter’s learning please do contact their Head of Year in the first instance.

Safeguarding at home:

Recently concerns have been raised about students’ safety online when using the popular ‘Houseparty’ app. For a full guide for parents on the app, please see below:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/what-parents-need-to-know-about-houseparty

 

Resources for students who speak English as an additional language:

Ms Bridge, our Literacy Co-ordinator and Head of EAL, has kindly put together some resources for students who speak English as an additional language, and their families. This also includes information on the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of languages. Please see the link for further information: https://www.lampton.org.uk/635/learning-literacy

 

Resources to help protect mental health:

Simone Daniels, our school based counsellor, has coordinated some resources that may help students and families at this time:

We are all experiencing loss of the lifestyles we once knew and this loss will be affecting people in different ways.

It’s good for people to know whatever they are feeling, it is normal and there are also ways to manage this:  https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-d iscomfort-youre-feeling-is-gri ef?fbclid=IwAR2DYrHEeC0uFEbgRv VZuveRI1Tszb_pfy3HXcyZnrM3YqKj rrALLu8XK24

Below is  health advice from: www.themix.org.uk who are also available to offer support for anyone under 25 wanting to talk -  this site is especially informative and helpful for Sixth Formers:

https://www.themix.org.uk/ your-body/using-health- services/coronavirus-health- advice-you-can-trust-35701. html

Here are 5 activities to pass the time, have fun and reduce stress:

1. Start a film club with friends -each person gets to choose a film. 

If possible you can watch it at the same time (like a virtual cinema trip!)   and then discuss via phone or video call afterwards 

2.  Make a short film of your experiences. capture this moment in history you can ask different members of your family to share their experiences too

3. Keep a journal - it’s a good way to process your thoughts and feelings so they do not become overwhelming 

4. Write a letter to your future self. You might want to include all the plans and dreams you have for the future when all our lives go back to normal! 

5. Release some endorphins known also as the ‘happy’ hormones. Dance to your favourite music or design a daily 30 minute keep fit programme for you or your whole family! 

A reflection for students and families:

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Voltaire​

As our lives have been turned upside down over the past few weeks, with so many of our past certainties disappeared and our future plans disrupted, it may seem like an odd time to pause and reflect on the ways in which we may be fortunate. But at a time like this, it's even more important than ever both for our own mental health to show gratitude for that which we have. It may be something small, like being able to spend more time with a brother or sister, or having the time to learn or read something new. Even at a time of great anxiety, we have the ability to shape the way we perceive a situation - look at the day ahead through the lens of what you can do, not what you can't.

And at a time when so many people are being so selfless in going out of their way to care for others, often putting themselves at significant risk to their own physical and mental health, it's even more important to show gratitude. So to thank those who have are at the front line of this crisis, especially our NHS staff, join the Clap for our Carers event at 8pm this evening - see below for more details:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52008734

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/clap-for-our-carers-nhs-applause-workers-when-time-8pm-tonight-2516885

25th Macrh COVID-19 Update from the Headteacher

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2020

With the closure of the school site, our focus now is on sustaining our curriculum through home learning, whilst also as far as we can maintaining the wellbeing of our students, families and wider community. We will therefore use these daily notices to keep you up to date with all aspects of the school’s work, and to bring to your attention other resources that may be of assistance.

Accelerated Reader programme – Year 7-10

During the normal school day, we would ordinarily expect students in Years 7-10 to read a book of their own choice as part of the school Accelerated Reader programme. This is both to promote the habit of reading for one’s own pleasure, to help students deepen their knowledge of their world and widen their vocabulary. Now that students are working from home, we are very keen to promote the continuation of these habits. Mr Kurim-Bux is daily sharing a new engaging article on Google Classroom for students to read. At the end of the reading, students should complete the short comprehension quiz to test their understanding. Your son / daughter should be able to show you once they have submitted this via google classroom. The articles and quizzes are added at 9am each day, and should be submitted by 3pm.

Amazon – free online books and audio stories for all students.

Amazon today cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the link below.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Clap for our carers:

At these challenging times there are also many stories of people going the ‘extra mile’ and working to support members of the community. Tomorrow there is an opportunity for us all to show our appreciation to those who are caring for us at this time. “Clap for our Carers” takes place tomorrow at 8pm.

From BBC Newsround: People in the UK are being encouraged to take part in a huge round of applause to show their appreciation for all those working in the NHS. 

The Clap for our Carers campaign is asking for as many people as possible to clap their hands together on Thursday 26 March at 8pm to thank all doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff working hard to help those affected by the coronavirus

People across the UK can clap from their gardens, front doors, and balconies to show their support. 

Free School Meal vouchers:

A reminder, if your child is normally in receipt of free school meals, and you are experiencing hardship, please contact Ms Kapila who is coordinating the release of ASDA vouchers for the duration of the school closure. Ms Kapila can be contacted at askapila@lampton.org.uk

Thought for the day – each day we are sharing with students a few words on the current situation, to provide encouragement, insight, and sometimes a moment of reflection. These are shared on Google Classroom, and we will also share with parents and carers daily through these updates.

A reflection for students and families:

Are you feeling anxious at the moment? Are others in your house? Is this getting you down?

At an unprecedented time like this, with so much uncertainty, it is natural to be worried about what's going to happen to us and our families. In fact, if you're not feeling anxious, then this would in a way be more worrying. If we fear something, then we're more likely to take firmer measures to change our habits and routines. As First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said recently 'Life should not feel normal.' So our anxiety has an upside to, as the more we take protective measures the less the virus will spread, and the sooner we can return to our normal lives.

However, sometimes our anxiety can become overwhelming. There are strategies we can use to help. The short story from Carol Grey may help with younger brothers or sisters to make sense of the situation, while the article from the Guardian discusses how you can think about your thinking (metacognition) to help manage your thoughts and feelings. Even if we can't do anything about the high degree of uncertainty around us, there is lots that we can do to help manage our response to it.

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/22/think-about-the-best-case-scenario-how-to-manage-coronavirus-anxiety?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email

24th March COVID-19 Update from the Headteacher

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER TUESDAY 24TH MARCH 2020

Following last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister, the Study Hub which operated yesterday has been suspended until further notice. Families who used this facility yesterday have been contacted and have made alternative arrangements for their children.

Therefore, with effect from today – Tuesday 24th March 2020 – the school site is closed until further notice to students and staff.

Moving forward, you child should continue to access work remotely via SMH (Years 7 -9) and Google Classroom (Y10-13). Subject staff, Heads of Year and SLT are monitoring that your child is accessing work – please support us with ensuring that your child’s day is structured and that they are accessing the work programme. This will help them once they return to school.

At this time I also urge all members of our community to follow the guidance issued by the Government:

In short:

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

The full text is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

By behaving in a responsible way and following this guidance we in the Lampton School community will be doing our bit in supporting the country to deal with this terrible virus.

With regard to Free School Meal provision please refer to the text message that was sent today to eligible families.

At this difficult time please support each other in our school community and I look forward to the day when we are all back together as a school. Until then, stay safe, follow the guidance and stay healthy.

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo.
Passwords reminder:

If your child is having any problems accessing any of our remote learning platforms (e.g. Show My Homework, Google Classroom, Kerboodle, GCSEPod etc), please email Ms Hampton dhampton@lampton.org.uk to reset passwords, or for reminders of usernames.

Safeguarding:

Despite the closure of the school site, our safeguarding arrangements remain in place. If you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing or safety, or that of any other student in the school, please contact the safeguarding team safeguarding@lampton.org.uk

Support for students with ASC:

Does your child have a diagnosis of autism and is finding the many changes difficult? If you would like additional help, please see the borough directory and contact the National Autistic Society Helpline on 0808 800 4104. Carol Gray has also released a Social Story to help children with autism understand more about coronavirus - it can be found here: https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf

23rd March 2020 - COVID-19 Update 15.30pm

COVID-19 Headteachers Update Monday 23rd March 2020 - 15.30pm

As today will be the first day of ‘working from home’ for our GCSE, A-Level and BTEC students, we hope that your child has been able to strike the right balance between maintaining their learning programme whilst also taking time look after themselves, and your families during what is an unprecedented and difficult time.

We hope that your child has found resources on Google Classroom and Show My Homework useful to enable their learning. A reminder that for our Y7-10, the Accelerated Reader programme continues apace, with a new article and quiz appearing on their year group Google Classroom page.

Please see below for a number of updates on various issues.

  1. The ‘Study Hub’

Today has been the first day of our ‘Study Hub’, open for the children of key workers and other students who may potentially be vulnerable. In line with government guidance, and due to the risk from the spread of COVID-19, this is a ‘last resort’ option for parents who have no viable alternative childcare arrangements. It follows that where a parent is a key worker, and another parent is not, that the parent who is not a key worker assumes childcare responsibilities. This is because despite our efforts to ensure social distancing in the Study Hub, government guidance is clear that children, their families and wider society are safer at home at this time. 

  1. Tutor check-in

I know that our tutors have started today calling home to check in you and your children. Please be aware that due to safeguarding rules, tutors will need to have withhold their number when calling. If you would rather not be called with a withheld number, please email your child’s Head of Year who will ask the tutor not to call home.

3. Health advice for young people

The School Nursing Services is launching ChatHealth. It is a text service for 11-19 year olds to use if they have any questions relating to their health - this could be about nutrition, exercise, wellbeing or emotional and mental health. The number is now live:

                                                                    07507333176

This is open from 9:00am-4:30pm and students can expect a response from this within 24 hours, it is not an emergency service. If the concern needs more urgent medical attention, please contact NHS 111, your GP, or in an emergency 999. 

  1. Statement for parents regarding predicted grades

As we updated on Friday, the government has confirmed that the exams in the summer are cancelled (See press release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced)

We are now awaiting further guidance from the exam boards on the process that they would like schools to follow in order to assure that the system is as robust as possible.  As soon as we have this we will update more.  

What we do know

  1. The government has indicated that students should receive their grades by the end of July.  These will be based on teacher assessments throughout the year, mock grades and classwork.  They will not be based on UCAS predictions. They will be calibrated centrally and there will be the same distribution of grades as in any normal year - sadly it won’t be A*s or Grade 9s all round.
  2. There will be a chance to appeal grades, if you believe that the processes have not been followed correctly.
  3. If students do not feel that their  teacher-given grades reflect their ability, they will have the chance to sit the exams in the early autumn

What does this mean for students?

  1. It is ESSENTIAL that students complete their courses and attend ‘virtual school’ as long as they are well.  It may be that they need to sit an exam in the autumn which will examine the whole course
  2. Please don’t contact teachers regarding predicted grades, they will not be entering into conversations about this
  3. Please support your child to continue to work on coursework, this could prove to be very important!

We will update on processes as soon as we know more.  Please check back on this page https://www.lampton.org.uk/945/covid-19-government-school-advice for all of our most up to date information

20th March 2020 COVID-19 Headteachers update 5.00pm

UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2020 - Update 5.00pm

 

We said farewell to our Y10, Y11, Y12 and Y13 students at 12.30pm today. The afternoon has been used by staff to post further work on Show my Homework for Years 7, 8 & 9 and Google Classroom for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Please see the letters issued earlier this week about how you can best support your child with remote learning.

The school will be open on Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards with our ‘Study Hub’ in operation for students identified as vulnerable and those children of ‘Key Workers’. Places at this provision are limited and the school must have been informed of your child attending in advance.  Please see the criteria issued earlier today.

Moving ahead, we begin operation as a ‘virtual school’ for all students with effect from Monday 23rd March 2020. We have attempted to put in place as many strategies to support your child as possible but inevitably there will be teething problems. Please follow the guidelines issued and contact the school as soon as possible should issues arise.

With regard to the assessment and grading of A Level and GCSEs, the Government made the following announcement this afternoon: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced. When we have further details they will be posted on this page.

These are unprecedented times and I would like to put on record my thanks to all members of the Lampton School community for their support, resilience, hard work, generosity of spirit and kindness over this last week. Though we will not be together physically over the coming weeks, and possibly, months we are still all part of Lampton School and staff will be contacting you regularly to check-in on your child’s welfare and progress. If you have any safeguarding concerns please email safeguarding@lampton.org.uk

Myself and the staff wish you and your families well and hope that you stay healthy. We look forward to the day when we are all back together in school. The main way of contacting the school in this closure period is via enquiries@lampton.org.uk or via your child’s Head of Year – emails are in the relevant letters.

With my best wishes at this challenging time and my hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy.

Stephen Davis

Headteacher

20th March Update COVID-19 from the Headteacher 7.30am

20th March 2020: COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER 7.30am

Following on from the government's guidance on keeping the school open only for the most vulnerable students, and the students of key workers, we are making sure there will be limited provision available to students by invitation only - our 'Study Hub'.

The first principle we are observing is that self-isolation and social distancing is the most effective way of stopping the virus. It follows then that parents should only send their child to school if there is no safe alternative. Provision in school is the last resort. 

With this in mind, if you are a key worker and need to send your child in to our 'Study Hub' next week, then please email enquiries@lampton.org.uk with Key Worker as the subject line. The 'Study Hub' will run from 10am-3pm in our library, and students will be supported to complete their work set on Show My Homework and Google Classroom. We will request some verification of key worker status, such as ID card, payslip etc. Please ensure that your occupation is listed below on the key worker list. Please email by 2pm today in order for us to plan our provision.

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

19th March 2020 COVID-19 Update

19th March 2020: COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER 12.30pm

Dear Parents Carers 

Please follow the link below to the latest update from the Headteacher 

We have an update for pupils in Key Stage 3 - Years 7,8 & 9

We also have an up date for pupils in Key Stage 4 & 5 - Years 10,11,12 &13

https://www.lampton.org.uk/368/letters-home

18th March 2020 COVID-19 Update 17.45

18th March 2020: COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE HEADTEACHER: updated 17.45hrs

 

Thank you to parents/carers for your support during these unprecedented times.

Lampton School will remain open tomorrow – Thursday 19th March 2020 - for students in Y10, Y11, Y12 & Y13. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should continue to access work via Show my Homework.

  • In line with Government guidance, following the statement from the Secretary of State today, the school will close on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.
  • To allow staff to fully prepare for working remotely and setting the required amount of work for students to work remotely school will close for students at 12.30pm on Friday 20th March. Students in Y10, Y11, Y12 & Y13 will be required to attend as normal on Friday morning – if there is a change to this arrangement parents/carers will be informed.
  • If you are a key worker, as defined by the Government, please inform the school of this via the enquiries@lampton.org.uk email address and put ‘Key worker’ in the subject line.
  • The school will be undertaking a risk assessment of each student who is defined as ‘vulnerable’ by the Government and will contact families on a case-by-case basis before we close on Friday 20th March 2020.
  • With regard to public examinations, Year 11 and Year 13 students will continue to be assessed on their knowledge and skills in lessons over the next two days. The school will update you further once we have received further information from Ofqual. Our priority is to ensure that we can provide the most accurate and up to date predicted grade to examination boards and support our students in their future aspirations.

Stephen Davis

17th March 2020 COVID-19 Update

17th March 2020: Part closure of Lampton School from Wednesday 18th March 2020

 

I am writing to inform you that as a result of staff absence due to self-isolation, in-line with Government guidelines, with respect to the Coronavius, the school will be closed for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 from tomorrow onwards until further notice. School will remain open for students in Y10, Y11 and Y13 until otherwise notified.

Staff will be posting work on Show my Homework in order for the work programme to be maintained and I ask that families support their children with this. Further details of remote working arrangements will be posted via the school website this week.

Please keep in touch with the school via the school website and the dedicated Coronavirus page found on the main menu and you can contact the school using the enquiries@lampton.org.uk email address.

In these unprecedented times, thank you for your support of the school. Please check the website and Twitter feed daily for updates and the school will send communication directly by email and text message. Please ensure we have the most up-to-date contact details for you.

If there are any changes to these please inform us via the enquiries email address.

Stephen Davis

Headteacher

Letter to Prents 17th March 2020

Letter sent to all parents on 17th March 2020:

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Amidst the fast changing national situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are keen to keep parents up to date on our response to events. Our priorities are to keep students and the wider school community safe, to provide continuity of education for all our students and to do what we can to help the national situation through adhering to advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

We will be sending daily updates on the situation, that follow on from the guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE). Please see below for the daily guidance.

Guidance from the Department for Education (16/03/2020):

What you need to know:

·      staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal

·       if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

·         clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

·         supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

Reporting illness and self-isolation

We are anticipating a much higher level of student absence due to the epidemic. If your child needs to self-isolate, either because they are showing symptoms or someone else in the household is, please report to the school via the usual channels – text, email or phone.

 

Continuity of education

Due to the new government guidance on self-isolation we are currently experiencing a very high level of teacher absence. Our staff are going above and beyond to ensure that learning is not disrupted through covering colleagues’ classes. However, if we get to the point where it is no longer possible to cover classes then to ensure the safety of students we may need to adopt a phased closure, where only students in Y11, 12 and 13 come into school for lessons. Our focus here will be on preparing students for forthcoming examinations, as we know that many students are parents are anxious about disruption.

If it becomes necessary to close the school either in phases or a complete shutdown, then we will maintain continuity of education for students through using online learning platforms.

Years 7-9: teachers will continue to set work to be completed at home for students via Show My Homework.

Years 10-13: teachers will set work to be completed at home for students via Google Classroom. Google classroom has the additional benefit of interactive features, and so there will be an expectation that all students

In both cases, we very much encourage parents to support your child in maintaining their education through engaging with the set work, and checking that it is completing.

We will write to all parents and carers daily to update you on the guidance from the DfE and what we are doing in response.

 

Yours sincerely

S Davis

Headteacher

24th February COVID-19 Update

Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals remains low however we have already taken some control measures in school since Monday 24/2/20 to help increase the general levels of personal hygiene for pupils.

We have placed extra anti bacterial foam dispensers  around the school in areas such as the dining hall and student services. We have placed guidance posters from Public Health England around the school for pupils and staff to follow.

We would ask that you help support this advice by providing pupils with a packet of tissues and a bottle of hand sanitiser to use in school. 

Please see the advice below that has been issued by the Department for Education.

 

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.

Advice for those who have travelled recently

Yesterday, the Chief Medical Advisor for England, Chris Whitty updated advice for travellers returning to the UK from specific areas affected by COVID-19, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Please share this guidance with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

If you have returned from the following specific areas since 19th February, you

should call NHS 111 and stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:

  • Iran
  • Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy (see link to maps below)
  • Special care zones in South Korea (see link to maps below)
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days – see link to maps below)

If you have returned from the following areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111:

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini – see link to maps below)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

If you have a cough, or fever or shortness of breath and have visited any of the following areas in the last 14 days, stay indoors and call NHS 111 informing them of your recent travel:

  • China, apart from Hubei province (see link to maps below)
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea, apart from special care zones (see link to maps below)
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

Maps showing affected regions of China, Republic of Korea and Italy

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas

Advice for those who have travelled recently in a group, such as a school trip

There is no need to manage returning groups any differently. Pupils, students and staff returning from trips to the countries specified above should follow the same

There is no need to manage returning groups any differently. Pupils, students and staff returning from trips to the countries specified above should follow the same

advice.

Where to find the latest information

Public Health England blog:
https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Guidance for educational settings
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

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