St. Faith’s Update
It has now been a whole month since schools closed to all pupils and I am certain that I am not alone in finding that this January has felt like the longest ever. That said, we have made it to February, the sun is shining (right now, at least), people are being vaccinated at great speed, and we have half-term in sight, which will be a just reward for the incredible efforts going on at both ends of the remote-learning team; you at home and us at school.
I want to encourage you that it is ok to pause, step away from, and then return to learning if things are not going well – as I have said to individuals over this period, moving children on and catching them up in their learning is what we do best, so please do prioritise family harmony and wellbeing at this time. Teachers are responding in detail to learning and have been spending time supporting children and parents with home-learning with one-to-one or small groups where appropriate. If you do arrange an online meeting with teachers, please let us know if you are unable to attend, as we are arranging for pupils in school to receive additional adult support in school in order for these to happen.
Parents Evening and Assessment Week
As previously communicated, we have brought forward the dates of parents evening to Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February (the first week back after half-term). We will not be trying to carry out our usual round of summative assessments remotely, which would have contributed to the Interim 2 reports (previously called Phase 2 reports) and then discussed at parents evening, and have moved assessment week from the week beginning 8th February to the week beginning 29th March. We are hopeful that most children will have had several weeks of normal schooling by then which will give us a much clearer picture of their current attainment and next steps. Some of you have had significant engagement and communication with your children’s teachers over the last four weeks (most have been longer than a 10 minute parents evening slot) so you may not feel the need to have an additional formal parents evening appointment. That is fine. If you do wish to make an appointment, the focus will be much more on how the children are getting on with home-learning – from our perspective and yours - and for you to share about the impact of the current lockdown on the children and your family. You will appreciate that it is hard to get a sense of this when we see children remotely on screen, and harder still when interpreting written communication. Parents evening slots will be live on the Arbor App from 7:00am on Saturday 6th February, until 7:00pm on Saturday 20th February.
Finally, I want to remind of our next INSET day on Monday 22nd February. This is not a change from dates previously published.