St George's Church of England Academy
Middleton St George
01325 33 22 30
Dear Parents and Carers
Well done…you have made it to the end of a very challenging term.
Please try to enjoy the half-term holiday.
We just wanted to inform you of some recent changes to our remote learning offer from Monday 22nd February.
The Senior Leadership Team, alongside an external advisor, has conducted a formal review of our remote learning offer, taking on board various types of monitoring, including praise, comments and queries from parents/carers.
We will be offering live remote sessions from Monday 22nd February. Initially these sessions will be daily for around twenty to thirty minutes and will provide all children (whether working from home or school) to see their friends, their teacher and other staff. We do believe this will be beneficial for children and will give them the opportunity to reconnect with their friends. We do miss seeing all of the children’s faces. Staff are currently upskilling on Zoom, as this will be our preferred option going forward. Some staff understandably are a little apprehensive and we ask you all to be patient as there may be a few ‘glitches’ with the use of technology initially. Staff will be posting invites via our Dojo platform which will add an extra layer of security. These sessions will commence anytime within the week and we hope to have all sessions up and running by Wednesday.
In order to facilitate this new initiative, we must ensure that appropriate safeguarding in in place. Therefore, I would be grateful if you could read the below ‘Remote Communication Guidance and Policy’ and complete and return the form as soon as possible. The preferred method of returning the form is through the online form system within the App. If you have difficulty doing this please print it and complete the form, take a picture of it and send a copy to the school office (email@example.com). Paper copies may also be handed into school. Unfortunately, until these forms are returned children will not be able to take part in the virtual sessions.
In preparation for the sessions could we ask parents/carers to download the free Zoom App to their preferred devices. We do believe that Zoom may be accessed via Laptops, PCs, Tablets, Mobile phones and online gaming platforms (ie Xbox and PlayStation). Ideally the devices will need to have a camera and a speaker/microphone.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Mrs Gleeson and Mrs Pollard
LIVE ONLINE COMMUNICATION GUIDANCE
Please read the guidance below carefully. This guidance is to complement the school’s Remote Learning policy which will be regularly reviewed. This guidance has been developed in conjunction with the school’s:
We are required to keep and process certain information about our staff members and pupils in accordance with our legal obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
This guide establishes the expectations for online communication from St George’s C of E Academy and a pupil/ parent using a preferred platform call in their own home during self-isolation/ partial school closure. Children who are being taught remotely should join their scheduled sessions through the specified platform as it happens in the classroom according to the invite from a staff member.
LIVE ONLINE ACTIVITY GUIDANCE
Expectations of pupils
Expectations of parents / carers
Expectations of staff