Welcome to our dedicated section on Covid schooling, home learning links and support for families, students and staff.
This is an ever changing situation and we will react to all Government updates. As such, these pages will change from time to time. We will make sure new information and routines are signposted clearly, to avoid getting lost.
Communicating with us
We have a dedicate email address for all Covid related updates: RBA-CovidUpdate@bestacademies.org.uk
Please use this address is you are:
- Updating us on a Covid Test result
- Updating us if your GP has advised your family to shield
- Updating us on general wellbeing of your child related to Covid 19
All general enquires and questions should continue to be emailed to RBA-Enquiries@bestacademies.org.uk
State of the Nation - From the Prime Minister
Schools opened as "normal" in September based on;
- The prevalence of coronavirus decreasing
- The new NHS test and trace system being in place
- More clarity about the measures that need to be in place to create safe environments in schools
- Time out of school being detrimental to children’s development
- The low risk to children of becoming severely ill from coronavirus
Attendance will be mandatory in September, as the government expects all pupils to attend school. The usual rules will apply, meaning we’ll be recording attendance and following up on any absences. If your children have been staying at home due to the current shielding guidance, the government is due to pause this guidance on 1st August if there's a continued decline in coronavirus transmission rates. That means they should be able to come back to school in September. However, if you’ve received clinical or public health advice that your children should still remain at home, please let us know and continue to follow that guidance. We’ll be offering remote education to these pupils, but we will require a copy of any official documentation sent to you to ensure we accurately record the absence.
Although there will need to be some changes to reflect the teaching time that was lost during the lockdown, we will still be doing our best to provide an ambitious, broad curriculum. Our current plan is to resettle students in the first few weeks with a bespoke PSHCE based team-building and careers / aspirations focused work programme. We have entitled this “A Return to Onsite Academics” and further details will be shared nearer the time. We will be assessing our students to identify their starting points and gaps in their knowledge created over lockdown and this will be reported back to families during the ‘meet the tutor sessions’ in November, with an indication on the intervention pathways we will need to follow for each specific child. We must stress at this point, we are not simply planning to test and retest your child over and over again. A broad range of formative and summative assessment will be used whilst we continue to deliver our exciting and sequenced curriculum. A full breakdown on the provision maps can be found on our website in the curriculum sections.
We are aware that the lockdown has been a difficult time for many of us, including our students. Please let us know if you think your children might need extra support when returning to school, such as if they feel anxious about coming back or they are experiencing bereavement. You can get in touch with your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year via our school email.
We’re extremely grateful for all the support we’ve received so far from the school community. We’ll continue to keep in touch if there are any updates to our plans or if we need to make changes due to new or updated government advice.