My child is in Key Stage 4 and I’m worried they may struggle to catch up, is it a good idea for them to ‘drop’ some subjects?
No, it remains important for all students to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, including PDL and Core PE. GCSE specifications are being adapted to take account of the reduced time students have had to cover content, and all departments have plans in place to assess gap in knowledge and address these.
In some rare instances it may be beneficial to consider changes, this would need to be discussed with your child’s Head of Year in the first instance. The school has also been provided with additional funding from the government’s ‘Catch-up’ premium and access to the ‘National Tutoring Programme’, to support this process.
Some schools are using a staggered start to the school day, why isn’t Crofton doing this?
A staggered start to the day would reduce teaching time require some significant timetable changes to make sure students were properly supervised in classrooms.
We ask students to arrive no earlier than 8.35 and go straight to their Period 1 classroom, and staff are on hand to ensure this happens. These measures will manage the risk effectively, although like all measures we will monitor this and adjust if necessary.
Is it still safe to cycle to school?
Yes, we would encourage as many students as possible to do this and our arrangements for this are unchanged. Students should wear a helmet and ensure their bike is securely locked.
Has the school considered suspending the shortened day on Wednesday to allow more catch up time for students?
We have not changed this as the shortened day on Wednesday allows us to cover all staff meetings and development time on one afternoon, freeing up the remainder of the week for staff to work with students after school if required.
It also provides the time staff need to adapt their curriculum plans to support students to catch up, and plan any interventions that are required. As you would expect this will be the key priority for our use of this planning time during the Autumn term.
Why aren’t some students and staff wearing face coverings?
Students and staff can apply for exemption from wearing face coverings in line with Government criteria. Government guidance is available
here. Such requests for students are processed by Heads of Year, and for staff by the Headteacher and are only granted when we are satisfied the criteria are met. We ask all students who have been granted an exemption to wear a sunflower lanyard to ensure they are not challenged by staff on this.
Why are students required to wear face coverings outdoors?
Although the government guidance does not make this compulsory outdoors, our concern here is about distancing and especially being face to face, both very significant risk factors that are much harder to control outside. So at present it is our decision to ask that they are worn outside. However, as they do not need to be worn when eating or drinking this provides opportunities for brief breaks from wearing them, which hopefully can address any concern about lack of comfort from wearing face coverings for long periods.