Welcome Back Letter
20 April 2020
Dear parents and carers,
I hope you all had a restful Easter break. Today marks the start of the summer term, and a return to learning with a difference. It has been an exceptionally challenging time for all concerned. We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the chance to say thank you for the job you’re doing in supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this challenging time, when they would normally be at school.
Rudheath is currently operating as a virtual school; we have a nearly full curriculum operating remotely through:
- Microsoft Teams – an online learning platform bespoke to Rudheath Senior Academy
- National online platforms, such as Seneca Learning and other subject specific sites
- Paper-based learning packs, for those with no PC at home
This week, we can supplement the above with the launch of 2 new platforms:
- SAM Learning – we have subscribed to this platform to supplement the content on Teams. Details on access, including usernames and passwords will be sent home separately
- Oak National Academy – a new national online school, with online lessons in most subjects. It can be reached by visiting https://www.thenational.academy/
In addition to this, BBC bitesize are also offering daily lessons for Years 7-10 (www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons).
To support this process, I have asked Form Tutors, Heads of Year and senior leaders to make contact home on a weekly basis. If you have any concerns or queries, please use his opportunity to raise them and we will do everything we can to support your family needs. If you have any urgent queries outside of those conversations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible.
Like you, we would prefer students to be in school, but we must continue to follow government guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. In the meantime, we’re looking to develop our expertise with online learning techniques and to continually improve the learning experience from home. For those families who are digitally disadvantaged, the DfE have announced a scheme to support those families with laptops. Timescales on this are currently unclear, but we will keep parents informed.
While we can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep students learning and the school connected.
The Rudheath Senior Academy