Headteacher’s Blog: 5th June 2020
A new era beckons as H Block is removed
This week has seen some significant changes in the school site, as we reach the final stages of the Wilson Block being complete. This photograph shows something which our Year 7 and Year 8 students will not have seen before, our school playground and field without the presence of H Block!
For the last 18 months, the temporary classrooms have housed classes across all year groups and served us well, as we lived through the construction of the Wilson Block. Their removal is an exciting reminder that we are drawing ever closer to the completion of our new school building. Within the next few weeks The Wilson Block will be completed, there will be a new ‘plaza’ area to use as a playground and all the existing playground and fields will be in use again. This will mean students will have significantly better facilities then those they left back in March.
Planning is continuing for wider reopening to Year 10 and 12 students
Over half term, we have received further guidance from the government that secondary schools may plan to increase the number of students on site from Y10 and Y12 from 15th June, with up to 25% of students from each of these year groups allowed on site at any one time. As mentioned in the previous Blog and communication from Richard Gill (CEO), we are now moving to Phase 3 of our plan for reopening and have started to contact all students in Y12 and Y10 to help us plan for how this will work for our students. Every family in Year 10 and 12 will receive a phone call by Monday 8th June at 3pm. You can be assured that thorough planning is taking place to ensure we are able to offer a safe and effective provision for our students and we will be writing directly to families to confirm dates and details, once these have been approved by the Trust Board of ATLP.
Remote learning update
As set out by the government, it is important to note that remote learning remains the primary mode of education for the vast majority of children and it is important that students are engaging in the activities that are being sent to them by their teachers.
Please use the table below to identify the work being set for each year group and how to access it. As ever our aim is to support our students and their families by providing work that is accessible, engaging and there to be completed if they are well and able to do so.
How can students access work
Year 7 and Year 8
Oak National Academy for Maths, English, Science Languages, History and Geography.
Other projects may be sent by creative subjects and Citizenship
Use the timetable below to access teacher support on MS Teams if they need to ask questions.
Work to be completed on paper.
If internet access is difficult, please request work packs to be sent.
Year 9 and 10
Year 9 no longer need to access Oak Academy lessons
Units of work to be set by subjects which include a piece of work that
students are to submit for teacher feedback.
Unit of work will set work for period of up to 3 weeks.
Go4school alerts will inform students and parents that work has been set on MS Teams.
MS Teams is the platform to access, view, complete and return work for feedback.
Please see instruction sheet for support.
If internet access is difficult, please request work packs to be sent.
Optional work/reading on website for students to prepare for A’ Levels
School website “Home Study” area
Subjects are setting work for completion and return.
Variety of online methods are being used by teachers to set work
We have been using MS Teams with Y10 and Y12 since May and have seen an increasing engagement from students. Please encourage your son or daughter to visit the platform to see how this works and share the help sheet attached to this Blog to help them.
Assemblies and activities
Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher
Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 22nd May
I hope this final blog of the half term finds you well and that you and your family are able to enjoy some of the sunshine during the half term break next week. I want to thank all of our families for their support over the last few weeks and for the messages of kindness. I know this has been a challenging time for many of us but we are all together and here for each other as a community. As I am writing it seems strange to only hear the noise of the diggers and dumper trucks outside my office, when the school would normally be full of noise and activity. Usually, in this week of May, Year 11 and 13 would be well into the exam season, we would be getting ready for all the events of the final half term. There are so many things that we would normally be doing that we cannot.
There is reason to be optimistic though as we look ahead to the future. The building work is almost complete, with The Wilson Block and the new plaza area due to be finished in a few weeks. We are fully staffed for September, with some fantastic new teachers and leaders joining us. The long term future is bright for our school community.
I want to set out what will be happening for remote learning next half term, as this will remain the normal mode of education for the vast majority of students, including most students in Year 10 and Year 12. We are waiting for the DFE guidance for secondary schools and will communicate further plans for Year 10 and 12 after half term.
Year 12 tutors will be contacting their students for face to face discussion using MS TEAMs, or a phone call, during the first two weeks back. Year 12 students have been engaging well with their teachers through a variety of online methods. We will looking to put a more structured approach in place for students next half term, with an increased level of remote lessons through either live teaching, recorded lessons or surgery style drop in. There will be further communication for Year 12 families after half term.
Every Year 10 student will have a face to face discussion using MS TEAMS, or a phone call, in the first two weeks back. Year 10 students will be beginning their second unit of work, set by their subject teachers via Go 4 Schools and using MSTEAMs to return work; please see Catherine Larkin’s letter from 15th Ma:, Mrs Larkin's Letter - Year 10 Remote Learning. Work packs are available if you do not have access to the internet.
Year 9 students will be getting units of work from every subject from June 1st This will work in the same way as Year 10, so please see; Mrs Larkin's Letter - Year 10 Remote Learninig. Students will be set work to develop understanding and then asked to complete a piece of work and return via MSTEAMs for feedback. There are instructions on how to access as follows: How to Get Started with Microsoft Teams . Work packs are available if you do not have access to the internet. Year 8 Year 8 students should initially continue to use Oak Academy for lessons in English, Maths, Science, History and Geography. Remember that if they login to TEAMs at the time the lessons are on as per the timetable below, there will be a teacher to support if needed.
From the week beginning 22nd June Year 8 will be getting units of work from their teachers. This will look different from Year 9 and there will be further communication for Year 8 families nearer the time. Work packs are available if you do not have access to the internet.
Year 7 should continue to use Oak Academy lessons, as set out above. There will also be some project based work from their other subjects. There will be further communication after half term. Work packs are available if you do not have access to the internet. Coleshill School You Tube Channel As well as our fabulous Twitter and Facebook pages we have now launched a You Tube channel! This will be used to post videos for students as well as having a training area for staff. On the channel today you can watch a video from the Year 7 tutor team for their students and the first of our weekly assemblies by Mrs Cornell. There is a fun challenge for students and families in the assembly so please take a look https://youtu.be/IMwdFSDZOZ0
Half term arrangements
Take care and stay safe.
Headteacher’s Blog May 15th 2020 Personal development and well-being.
I hope you and your family are well. The importance of well-being is the theme of today’s blog. Following Boris Johnson’s announcement last Sunday night, we are acutely aware that many children will be worried about not returning to school in the near future. It is therefore important that all of our children know that we are still there for them and our school community will still very much be a part of their lives in the weeks ahead, even if it is remotely for many of them.
This week all tutors have emailed their students to remind them of what remote learning they should be engaging with and also to ask them to complete a survey, which is giving us valuable information about both students’ well-being and also engagement. This feedback will be important in helping us plan the next phase of our remote learning, which I will communicate in next week’s blog.
Please can I ask you to check that your child has completed the survey and encourage them to do so if not. Surveys should be completed by Wednesday of next week. We will make contact with you if you request it or if surveys are not returned so we can check that all is well and your child is accessing and engaging in activities, when well and able to do so.
Weekly assemblies and challenges
From next week there will be weekly assemblies, which will be posted on our website for students to view. Next week the assembly will be posted by the end of the week for a fun challenge that students can take part in over half term. From 1st June there will be a weekly assembly posted, which will have activities for that students can then complete during the week.
Coleshill’s got talent….
All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are getting weekly activities to complete on a range of PSHE topics. Over the coming weeks we will be sending you a range of personal development activities, using some of the excellent PIXL resources. Look out for these and make the most of this time to develop those SPIRIT skills.
I hope this gives you a flavour of what we will be doing in the coming weeks to ensure that students still very much feel part of school. Remember, we are here for you if you need us and we look forward to seeing your contributions and hearing any news.
Take care and stay safe.
Poem by Tallulah – Year 8
You are beautiful
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
A feeling is kind,
And so are you.
Orchids are white,
Ghost ones are rare,
Boots are shiny,
And so is your hair.
With buds like eggs,
Muscles are smooth,
And so are your legs.
Up to the skies,
Questions are intriguing,
And so are your eyes.
Foxgloves in hedges,
Surround the farms,
A cup is loving,
And so are your arms.
Daisies are pretty,
Daffies have style,
Your moonlight is illuminating,
And so is your smile.
A swan is beautiful,
Just like you.
11 May 2020: ATLP response to last night’s Ministerial speech
Many of you will have seen last night’s speech, by Boris Johnson, in which he outlines a number of stages, now that the virus appears to be past its peak. We know that as part of this, reference was made to education, albeit high level. It is important to recognise that the Prime Minister’s words were heavily caveated and conditional: “If we as a nation begin to fulfil the conditions I have set out, then in the next few weeks and months, we may be able to go further. In step two at the earliest by June 1st after half term, we believe we may be in a position to get primary pupils back into schools, in stages, beginning with reception, year 1 and year 6. Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays.”
We recognise that this will be causing angst for children, pupils, parents and staff. At this time all schools are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education which we are expecting later this week. It would be remiss of us to speculate on the detail but assure you that we will be in touch once we are in receipt of more information.
Whatever decisions we take in our schools, we will be guided by the advice at the time. We are committed to supporting all of our children, staff and parents at this difficult time.