COVID-19 Update


Working From Home

Remote Learning

The information in our Guide to Remote Learning is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

It is intended to support understanding of what pupils, parents and carers should expect during periods of school closure relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The senior leader responsible for remote learning is, Deputy Headteacher Miss White ([email protected]).

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Poltair Remote Learning Guide

Guidance - Working from home

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Information about how Poltair School sets remote learning January 2021

Guidance - Working from home

Pupil Guide

The information in our Pupil Guide to Remote Learning is intended to provide support for accessing the school based digital platforms that support our remote learning education. Along with this, the Pupil SharePoint contains helpful video tutorials to support pupils and parents with using the features of Microsoft Teams.

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Using Microsoft Teams - Quick guide for students

Guidance - Working from home

Access to Support for additional mobile internet data

The DfE (Department for Education) are running a pilot scheme to support increasing children and young people’s access to increased mobile data allowances. This is to support their home learning whilst not able to access schools.

This scheme is open to children and young people who:

  • don’t have access to a fixed broadband connection
  • cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources or social care services
  • have access to a mobile device that uses a participating network
  • are facing disruption to their face-to-face education, or have been advised not to attend school

Information that will be needed in order for us to request additional mobile data includes:

  • the account holder’s name
  • their mobile number (a number beginning with '07')
  • their mobile network
  • whether they pay monthly or pay as they go

The available offers can be found on the attached from the following companies EE, Tesco Mobile, Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile and Sky Mobile. At this time, there are no other offers.

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Additional Allowance Company Offers

Guidance - Working from home

It is also requested that you read through the Privacy Policy found here https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/increasing-mobile-data/privacy-notice before making any form of decision.

If this is something you feel you are entitled to access, please use the link attached here https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=jDFhQgs_1E26acpob0v1vDRPPTadTLJCkdW_NFvtnLlUNjdXNUdVTkJZSkVNWUdPS0ExUVA1OVJESC4u to enter some information to support your request. Please ensure this is completed by Wednesday 13th January, 2021 at 3pm to enable us to upload to the DfE.

We will monitor the link responses at the end of each week to update any further requests made.

Email Contacts for Staff

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Email Contacts for Staff

Guidance - Working from home


Additional Support Resources

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Additional Support Resources




Safeguarding Support

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns. Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT email address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school: [email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Student Support and Welfare

This resource is designed to provide you with advice and pathways to follow should you find yourself needing to access support.

It identifies three options of ways to access both internal and external support, alongside a lengthy list of contacts for a range of external services.

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Student Support and Welfare 2021

Safeguarding Support Resources

What if I have a safeguarding concern as a student?

As a student in school, you would have easy access to be able to speak to a trusted adult if there was something you were worried about. Though it is more challenging in lockdown, there are still ways to do this and they are outlined below.

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Student Support Helpsheet

Safeguarding Support Resources


A - Z Young People Resources

This resource has been created by the team at the NHS to support vulnerable young people access appropriate support, depending on their need. We have made some slight additions based on our work within the local community. This A - Z signposts relevant agencies to provide support online or over the phone.

it covers the following steps:

  • Bereavement/Parental Illness
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Sexual Violence
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • County Lines/Criminal Exploitation/Missing
  • Deliberate Self Harm
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence/Sexual Violence
  • Drugs/Alcohol/Substance Misuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health, Wellbeing and Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Modern Slavery/Trafficking
  • Online Safety
  • Sexual Health/Gender Identity
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Teenage/Young Parents
  • Young Carers

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A - Z Young Peoples Resources

Pupil Reference 19 March 2020



Well-Being Resources

During #Lockdown 1, we placed updates and quick activities on here to support emotional health and well-being. These are important aspects for us to ensure that we focus on- both as adults and children. These periods are challenging for all of us, and we must ensure to try and participate daily and weekly in activities that will support our well-being. We have identified below our 'top websites' for advice and guidance that we think could be helpful- there are so many agencies wanting to be helpful but it can feel overwhelming when reading through it all! These sites are simple but effective.

'It is ok to not be ok' is a good mantra, we all have days where it is harder than others. But don’t be afraid of using this page and these suggestions to try and find something that is useful for you! You might be surprised!

Action For Happiness Calendar- Happier January 2021

This website provides a monthly calendar with quick, simple daily activities to trial to support a happier and healthier approach to your well-being. This can be something the whole household engages in to share ideas and thoughts.

Anna Freud for Children and Families- Coronavirus Support

This website is where our previous ‘Mentally Healthy Toolkits’ originated from and continue to be an effective source of ideas and guidance. There are sections directed at Young People as well as at Parents/Carers that you may find effective. It does also have specific guidance for us as professionals across a range of settings. Their support and activities are created by mental health professionals, alongside children and young people and their schools. It contains downloadable hints and tips, as well as guidance to apps to support the whole family in managing these challenging times.

https://www.annafreud.org/coronavirus-support/

Headstart Kernow- Start Now Well Being Plan

This website provides some good guidance for young people, but specifically provides them with an ability to create their own ‘action plan’ of how they can support their own well-being. It is a step by step guide, asking questions and encouraging thought as to what specifically works for them. Some of our students may have already completed this, but it is a worthwhile activity for them to review. In addition, there is an ability to download a toolkit, as well as requesting support if things are really tricky.

https://www.startnowcornwall.org.uk/startnow-cornwall/wellbeing-action-plan/sections/

Headstart Kernow- Advice and Guidance for Families

This section of their webpage is essentially a menu of support and allows you to access the following:

  • A range of guidance videos for parents ('WFH and home schooling without tearing your hair out!')
  • Help and guidance on coping with younger children
  • Activities for staying active
  • Activities for well-being
  • Further external support contacts for well-being
  • Alternative home education ideas to supplement their learning
  • Links to support for the remote learning that is topic specific

It is well worth a visit for ideas and guidance https://www.headstartkernow.org.uk/sec-sch-support/covid-19/covid19-ideas/


Key Worker Provision

Critical key worker and vulnerable students booking form 1st - 5th February

Poltair School is able to provide ESSENTIAL childcare supervision for the children of CRITICAL key workers and students deemed to be 'vulnerable' between Monday 1st and Friday 5th February.

Students attending this provision will be supervised to independently complete school work. They will not be attending lessons.

If you require your child to attend this provision, please complete the booking form by Wednesday 27th January at 2pm.


Lateral Flow Testing - Students

As a school, we are planning on shortly rolling out the testing of students on site using the Lateral Flow Tests (LFD) as directed by the government. This is a free testing programme in which we aim to test students and staff onsite to increase the level of safety for everyone. As a school, we encourage full participation in this programme.

Our Dance Studio has been re-purposed to allow us to create a testing site, and a number of staff have completed training to deliver testing. We intend to test students twice per week with a schedule to be released shortly.

Currently, we will only be offering testing to the students who are ‘on site’ and accessing our Hub and Link 4 Provision.

In order to register and give consent for us for your child to undertake regular testing, you must ensure you read the Privacy Notice and the NHS consent form, then please select the link below and complete the form fully.

Please be mindful, your contact details used MUST be the same as those we hold on SIMS for you and you must ensure you have identified you have read the Privacy and nhs Consent Form in your answers. If the form is not fully completed, your child cannot be tested. We will be in touch when the tests will begin.

Please also see the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section below for some additional guidance, or also direct queries to [email protected] where our staff will aim to answer any questions



Domestic Abuse Support During COVID-19


For support with domestic abuse during COVID-19 please click the link below:


 

School Vouchers - Free School Meals

Families of children that are eligible for free school meals will receive a voucher to the value of £15 per week for Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, M&S Food, LIDL or Waitrose. Poltair School is using Wonde.com to distribute these vouchers. Below is some useful information for you.

If your child is eligible for free school meals then you should have been notified directly by the school and also received one of the following:


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Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!