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4th Jan: Government’s lockdown announcement update

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News - 4th Jan: Government’s lockdown announcement update

Monday 4 January 2021

Remote teaching from Tuesday 5th January
The Government has asked the British public once again to enter a period of lockdown estimated to continue until the February half term. Everyone should stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. This requires the transition to remote teaching for schools with immediate effect. Tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January, all Bennett students should access Microsoft Teams from home where lessons will be provided remotely following their normal timetable. Assemblies and tutor sessions will also occur and further information will be published about these.

Provision for keyworker and vulnerable children
Clearly, all who can must study from home, but if parents are key workers or a student is classed as vulnerable the school remains open to provide supervision for their remote studies. The most recent criteria for who this applies to can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision. If you have plans to send your child in, please send a message to [email protected] with details.

Free School Meals provision
Where a student has access to free school meals, these will remain available for any students in school. For any at home, further details will be shared about provision in lockdown.

Welfare and expectations
Students and staff may be experiencing a range of potentially negative emotions about further disruptions to education. It is vital to maintain high expectations of study for all concerned. It has always been important to understand and remember these many important areas being studied. Teachers will use the full range of resources available to ensure that lessons are relevant, challenging and include opportunities for assessing each student’s teaching. Whilst many things remain uncertain, the value of a good education remains of prime importance.
Added to this it will be important for students to exercise, stay connected online and to access support if they need it. Guidance about this can be found on the school’s website.

Thank you
As before, we are very grateful for the support that parents have provided and are sorry that we are faced by this further disruption to family and working lives. We value greatly the support you can offer at home and the feedback you can share with us as we seek to provide the best kind of remote teaching.