Statement from Leigh Academies Trust (Friday 20th March)

Dear Parent and Carers

A survey will be made available this morning via a link on your child’s academy’s website to identify whether you are a ‘key worker’ as recently provided in the government document.  We will need this information urgently to help us to plan effectively. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers  

The survey asks you to identify if you will require child care from Monday 23rd March. There is an opportunity to specify in this survey whether you need this child care to continue through the Easter holiday period. 

We have also been asked to provide child care for ‘vulnerable children’ should parents require it. The children matching this definition are those that:

  • Have a Social Worker;
  • Have an Education Health and Care Plan; and
  • Are looked after by the Local Authority.

Academies will contact parents today who fall into these categories to offer further guidance about this provision. 

The Trust’s strategy to provide child care will come in two phases:
Phase 1: Will involve your child attending their own academy to receive child care.
Phase 2: Will be implemented if staffing levels become challenging. This is likely to involve hub-based provision where your child will need to attend another nearby LAT academy.

All pupils not receiving child care should access online educational resources as set out in recent communications from your child’s academy Principal.

Further details regarding arrangements at your child’s academy, including those related to the availability of Free School Meals for those that are eligible, will be provided today by the academy’s Principal. 

Yours sincerely,

Neil Willis

Chief Operating Officer



COVID-19 update from Leigh Academies Trust (Wednesday)

Dear Parents/Carers,

Further to the announcement that was made by Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, this afternoon we regret to inform you that it will be necessary to close our academies with effect from the end of the day this Friday.  This is a necessary decision to protect our pupils and staff at this very difficult time.

For those children of key service workers and vulnerable young people we will take time to reflect on the government announcement and be in contact with you before the end of this week.

During the last few weeks academies have been putting in place arrangements to support your son or daughter to continue with their learning whilst they are at home.  Their academy will write to you again shortly to confirm how this will take place.

Over the coming weeks we will be providing updates via academy websites and I would therefore urge you to monitor the sites regularly.

Further to this letter the Principal of your child’s academy will confirm arrangements for the rest of this week, which in some cases will include partial closure.  Details will be placed on the academy website.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. I wish you and your family well in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Willis

Chief Operating Officer



Online Learning

March 2020

Dear Parent/Carers,

RE: Online Learning

COVID-19 is bringing about huge challenges for all of us. At the Leigh UTC we are trying our best to uphold our high standards of education whilst also ensuring that our buildings are safe places to be. We respect any decision that a parent makes to follow government guidelines and we will authorise any absence related to precautionary measures that you take. In return, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding at this time. 

The guidance from the government is updating daily and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We understand that members of our community are self-isolating and are working from home and we are continuing with ‘business as usual’ for those on site. 

It is important that we uphold our high standards of education and our willingness to embrace new technologies will support us in doing so for those not able to attend the UTC each day. For students currently working from home, and in the event that The Leigh UTC has to close, we are working hard to ensure students are able to access their learning online through Google Classroom. Students and staff have received additional training to ensure that work is easily communicated and accessible. 

We have linked each subject’s activities and existing Classrooms to one main year group ‘Study Room’ or for P16 students ‘Independent Learning’. Students can access each of the Google classrooms with the code:

**Please contact the school for Classroom code or speak to your son/daughter**

Year 7, 8 and 12 students have knowledge organisers for each subject that can be used to support home learning. The can be found here.

Some other useful online learning resources are:

https://hegartymaths.com/

https://www.senecalearning.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

Should the Leigh UTC partially or fully close, a full schedule of work will be shared for each year group to support the learning and to aid students in being able to manage their day. We thank parents in advance for all the support that they give in ensuring that our students can commit time to their education even if they are at home.

Our students use Google Classrooms regularly however for students guides / tutorials to Google Classroom please click here.

For parental/ guardian guides/ tutorials to Google Classroom please click here.

We would advise that mobile devices are not ideal and students should be working on a PC, laptop or Chromebook where possible. 

Thank you once again for your support and understanding in these unprecedented times. 

Yours faithfully

Mrs Carina Lindars

Vice Principal




COVID-19 Update (Tuesday 17th)

Following the announcement by the Government yesterday (16.03.2020) the guidance has now changed.

With immediate effect, if you OR a member of your household (i.e. anyone that lives permanently in your house) has either of the following symptoms the whole household should immediately self-isolate for the next 14 calendar days:

  • A fever (at least 38 degrees)
  • A dry constant cough that is newly developed.

Further information around self-isolation can be found on the NHS website:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

This applies to all staff and students with no exceptions.

If you are unsure whether you or your child should self isolate please use the NHS 111 website to clarify:  https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

If you or your child are self-isolating please call your academy at your earliest convenience to record the absence in the normal way.
Please be assured that we are adhering to all guidelines to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

We are also increasing cleaning routines and restricting all unnecessary contact (i.e. cancelling school events and trips).