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Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s strange to think that the Spring Term officially comes to an end tomorrow, after the upheaval to our lives over the previous few weeks.  I know that students and staff have kept themselves very busy and that has been productive.  Of course at such a challenging time for us all, we all need support from each other and our wider community.  You will see the information from Mole Valley Council below and the Therfield community is strong, friendly and always aims to put ‘family first’.  If we can help your family during the next few months, please ask.

As I said last week, we’ve been thinking very carefully about the approach to online learning for next term and we’ve put some details regarding this below.  Keeping in touch with friends is really important and this generation of youngsters are able to connect with each other in ways unimaginable just a few years ago.  Of course staying safe is on all our minds at the moment and it’s important we don’t lose sight of internet safety too.  Hopefully the paragraph below gives parents some helpful guidance as you steer your families through the challenges over the coming weeks.

 

Staying Safe Online

During this period, children may be using some online platforms to communicate with each other, including social media apps. We would recommend that before using any new social media app or online platform, parents and carers consider the possible risks, establish ground rules for communicating safely online, and ensure that children are aware of how to report something that they are concerned about.

Online platforms and social media apps usually have age restrictions and guidance about how to ensure appropriate privacy settings. One such app that has been reported in the media as becoming increasingly popular amongst young people is “Houseparty”, so we have attached an information poster that has been produced by National Online Safety.  

Some parents and carers may choose to supplement the school offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors, including for extra-curricular activities. In those cases, it is particularly important to ensure the organisation/individual is reputable and can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.

 

Organisations that can help when children have an online safety concern are:

·         Childline - for support

·         UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content

·         CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse

 

Websites that can provide help and guidance for staying safe online:

https://www.onlinesafetyalliance.org/free-resources-for-safer-internet-day-2020/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

https://reportharmfulcontent.com/report/

https://www.internetmatters.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktuA5LWK2wIVRYXVCh2afg2aEAAYASAAEgIJ5vD_BwE

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://parentinfo.org/ 

https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Arrangements for the Easter Holidays

After checking with our ‘key worker’ families the school will be closed over the Easter holiday.  If any key worker has a change of situation during the holidays please email me directly and we will seek to make arrangements to support you.

 

Free School Meal Vouchers

The government has developed a scheme that it is rolling out across the country.  That will provide vouchers for families after Easter and we will be in touch with relevant families regarding this.

 

Remote Learning

We can’t thank parents and carers enough for all you are doing to support your child’s education in the last fortnight.  We have been aware that some of our students have thrived as they’ve tackled the day-to-day learning, whilst others have found this style of learning a struggle.  We wanted to design an approach that takes the best of what’s happened so far, but refines things so that it is manageable for all, whilst giving students a chance for good feedback on their learning.  There will be an email for each year group sent to parents on Friday 3rd April with the arrangements for this. The resources will be uploaded at the end of the Easter holiday to the VLE and will be outlined in the letter on Friday.

We hope you will enjoy the learning after Easter and if you have any questions please do get in touch with your child’s tutor or Head of Year.

 

Home learning without the internet

We have been in contact with families where students may not have access to the internet and the resources we have been able to place online.  If you are in that position, but haven’t heard from us please could you email [email protected].  We are seeking to provide a meaningful alternative for ongoing learning for students in this situation.

 

GCSEs and A Levels

We are expecting to receive advice from Ofqual before we break up for Easter regarding the awarding of grades for this summer’s public examinations.  As you will appreciate, it will take us some time to put in place our plans regarding this, but we will keep you, and the students, updated throughout this new and unprecedented process.

 

Year 9 Options

We will be writing to parents regarding this when we return after Easter.  There will be a couple of weeks for you and your child to discuss the options and a member of staff will be available to talk things through with you at that stage if it is helpful.  The deadline for returning the options forms will be Thursday 30th April.

 

Sixth Form applications

The deadline for receiving these applications is Friday 24th April.  Mr Burstow and Mr Hostler will be in touch with families in relation to this next term.

 

Update from Mole Valley District Council

There is a new Community Helpline number: 0300 200 1008.   This is open Monday – Friday 8am - 6pm.  This number is to help direct residents who need support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to services who can help.  If you want to find out where you can register your own offer of help to support your community please call this number to let them know or visit www.surreycc.gov.uk.

The Community Helpline will not be able to provide any public health advice, please continue to see www.NHS.co.uk and .GOV.uk website for further Coronavirus updates.  Please see www.molevalley.gov.uk for updates on Mole Valley’s services and sign up for their email newsletter at www.news.molevalley.gov.uk/newsletter.

I hope that you are, despite the current situation, able to find real quality family time over the Easter holiday.  Although school is closed over the break, we are still ‘here’ for our community.  Please email me ([email protected]) throughout the holiday if there’s anything you would like to talk through with me or if you need any particular support.  I will write again in the week after the Easter holiday.

 

Stay Safe

 

Mr Malley

Headteacher

Dear Parents & Carers, It’s strange to think that the Spring Term officially comes to an end tomorrow, after the upheaval to our lives over the previous few weeks. I know that students and staff have kept themselves very busy and that has been productive. Of course at such a challenging time for us all, we all need support from each other and our wider community. You will see the information from Mole Valley Council below and the Therfield community is strong, friendly and always aims to put ‘family first’. If we can help your family during the next few months, please ask. As I said last week, we’ve been thinking very carefully about the approach to online learning for next term and we’ve put some details regarding this below. Keeping in touch with friends is really important and this generation of youngsters are able to connect with each other in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. Of course staying safe is on all our minds at the moment and it’s important we don’t lose sight of internet safety too. Hopefully the paragraph below gives parents some helpful guidance as you steer your families through the challenges over the coming weeks. Staying Safe Online During this period, children may be using some online platforms to communicate with each other, including social media apps. We would recommend that before using any new social media app or online platform, parents and carers consider the possible risks, establish ground rules for communicating safely online, and ensure that children are aware of how to report something that they are concerned about. Online platforms and social media apps usually have age restrictions and guidance about how to ensure appropriate privacy settings. One such app that has been reported in the media as becoming increasingly popular amongst young people is “Houseparty”, so we have attached an information poster that has been produced by National Online Safety. Some parents and carers may choose to supplement the school offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors, including for extra-curricular activities. In those cases, it is particularly important to ensure the organisation/individual is reputable and can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. Organisations that can help when children have an online safety concern are: • Childline - for support • UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content • CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse Websites that can provide help and guidance for staying safe online: https://www.onlinesafetyalliance.org/free-resources-for-safer-internet-day-2020/ https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers https://reportharmfulcontent.com/report/ https://www.internetmatters.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktuA5LWK2wIVRYXVCh2afg2aEAAYASAAEgIJ 5vD_BwE https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ https://parentinfo.org/ https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/ https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ Arrangements for the Easter Holidays After checking with our ‘key worker’ families the school will be closed over the Easter holiday. If any key worker has a change of situation during the holidays please email me directly and we will seek to make arrangements to support you. Free School Meal Vouchers The government has developed a scheme that it is rolling out across the country. That will provide vouchers for families after Easter and we will be in touch with relevant families regarding this. Remote Learning We can’t thank parents and carers enough for all you are doing to support your child’s education in the last fortnight. We have been aware that some of our students have thrived as they’ve tackled the day-to-day learning, whilst others have found this style of learning a struggle. We wanted to design an approach that takes the best of what’s happened so far, but refines things so that it is manageable for all, whilst giving students a chance for good feedback on their learning. There will be an email for each year group sent to parents on Friday 3rd April with the arrangements for this. The resources will be uploaded at the end of the Easter holiday to the VLE and will be outlined in the letter on Friday. We hope you will enjoy the learning after Easter and if you have any questions please do get in touch with your child’s tutor or Head of Year. Home learning without the internet We have been in contact with families where students may not have access to the internet and the resources we have been able to place online. If you are in that position, but haven’t heard from us please could you email [email protected] We are seeking to provide a meaningful alternative for ongoing learning for students in this situation. GCSEs and A Levels We are expecting to receive advice from Ofqual before we break up for Easter regarding the awarding of grades for this summer’s public examinations. As you will appreciate, it will take us some time to put in place our plans regarding this, but we will keep you, and the students, updated throughout this new and unprecedented process. Year 9 Options We will be writing to parents regarding this when we return after Easter. There will be a couple of weeks for you and your child to discuss the options and a member of staff will be available to talk things through with you at that stage if it is helpful. The deadline for returning the options forms will be Thursday 30th April. Sixth Form applications The deadline for receiving these applications is Friday 24 th April. Mr Burstow and Mr Hostler will be in touch with families in relation to this next term. Update from Mole Valley District Council There is a new Community Helpline number: 0300 200 1008. This is open Monday – Friday 8am - 6pm. This number is to help direct residents who need support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to services who can help. If you want to find out where you can register your own offer of help to support your community please call this number to let them know or visit www.surreycc.gov.uk. The Community Helpline will not be able to provide any public health advice, please continue to see www.NHS.co.uk and .GOV.uk website for further Coronavirus updates. Please see www.molevalley.gov.uk for updates on Mole Valley’s services and sign up for their email newsletter at www.news.molevalley.gov.uk/newsletter. I hope that you are, despite the current situation, able to find real quality family time over the Easter holiday. Although school is closed over the break, we are still ‘here’ for our community. Please email me ([email protected]) throughout the holiday if there’s anything you would like to talk through with me or if you need any particular support. I will write again in the week after the Easter holiday. Stay Safe Mr Malley Headteacher