Parent Update Friday 22 January

Released On 22nd Jan 2021

Parent Update Friday 22 January

22 January 2021

Dear Parent

Parent Update

Feedback is a Gift

Here at Stanchester, we know that feedback is a gift. All week, teaching staff have been virtually dropping into one another’s lessons to seek ‘top tips’ for remote teaching and learn from one another. Moving to live lessons and remote teaching is a change for us all and, like the students, we are experiencing a steep learning curve. I would really appreciate you taking five minutes this week to complete a short survey here which will help us to ensure we are doing the best job possible for your children.  

Mental Health and Wellbeing

You will know that, as well as their tutor time check ins, staff are making regular calls to students while they are learning from home. With so many recent changes to routines, it is vital that we continue to support our children's mental health and wellbeing. The latest government guidance for parents and carers is available here.  Routine gives children and young people an increased feeling of safety in the context of uncertainty, so we would encourage them to think about how to develop a new routine, especially if they are not at school.

This could include:

  • making a plan for the day or week that includes time for learning, playing and relaxing
  • encourage maintaining a balance between being online and offline and discover new ideas for activities to do from home if needed. The Children’s Commissioner guide signposts to some ideas to help fight boredom
  • children and young people ideally need to be active for 60 minutes a day, which can be more difficult when spending longer periods of time indoors. Plan time outside if you can do so safely or see Change4Life for ideas for indoor games and activities
  • don’t forget that sleep is important for mental and physical health, so try to keep to existing bedtime routine

Staff will be monitoring students during live lessons as they would if children were in school and will continue to raise any concerns about changes to mood or behaviour as before. If you have any concerns about your child's mental health, you are welcome to contact their pastoral coordinator to seek support or advice. Young Minds also provides advice about mental health and behaviour problems in children and young people up to the age of 25. You can call the Parents’ and Carers’ Helpline on 0808 802 5544. 

Absence Reporting

Please can any absence reporting be sent via email to . This is for students who are due to be in school and those due to attend their online lessons. Please include in your email your child's name, tutor group and the reason for their absence.

During the current circumstances, doing this via email rather than by telephone will mean that your message will be able to be sent to the relevant member of staff more quickly.

Students in School

A brief reminder to students coming in to school that our expectations for uniform and behaviour remain the same. Please remember that hoodies, for example, are not part of school uniform or PE kit and should not be worn on site.

Finally this week, I would like to say thank you. Thank you to all staff, teaching and support, who are working tirelessly to ensure students stay ahead academically and stay safe and well. Thank you to parents and carers for your support, feedback and gratitude; every email or call helps us to improve and lifts our spirits. And, most importantly, thank you to the students. We are missing seeing all of you, every day, however our interactions with you online (and in school) are the very reason we do this job. Your resilience through these challenging times is an inspiration to us and we love seeing you rise to this challenge. Keep going.

Take care and have a restful weekend,

Tamsin Grainger

Acting Headteacher