Posted: 15 January 2021

Headteacher’s Letter and Remote Learning Survey 15th January 2021

Dear Parents/carers,

Thank you so much for the many positive messages that we have received from you about our remote learning provision. We know that this is an extremely challenging time for all of us and our staff very much appreciate hearing from you. Similarly, we are delighted with the very high levels of engagement from students which we know must mean there has been a significant effort on your part; for this we are equally appreciative.

Remote Learning Survey
We are keen to know how well our remote learning provision is supporting your child’s learning. We will be sending this survey out fortnightly and we very much value your feedback; this survey refers to the first two weeks of this term. You can find the link here and we would be grateful if you could complete this by Wednesday 20th January. If you have more than one child at the school, you can reply for them all on the same form, if you would prefer.

Student wellbeing 
We will be continuing with our weekly wellbeing lessons, focusing on how we can support our students during this time. We would encourage all students to ensure that they take regular screen breaks during the day – once they have been set their independent learning task in a lesson, they may prefer to work away from the screen. We would also encourage all students to ensure that they get some fresh air and exercise every day and remind them that staying in (virtual) contact with their friends is very important.

Free School Meals
The government has relaunched the voucher scheme as from Monday 18th January. If you have previously registered for Free School Meals, your vouchers should arrive in the latter half of the week (it will take a couple of days for our order to be processed). If you have any queries, or have not received your vouchers by next Friday, please contact our school business manager, Mrs C Brown cbrown@prospect.reading.sch.uk. We are aware that many families’ circumstances will change; we would like to remind you that once your child has been deemed eligible for FSM, they will retain this eligibility until they leave secondary education. The school receives extra funding based on the number of students we have registered for FSM so if you are unsure, please check and register here: Online FSM Application (cloudforedu.org.uk)

In-school Provision
We offer in-school provision for any students who are considered vulnerable or whose parents are critical workers. Whilst the government guidance states that the safest place for your children is at home, if you think that your child would benefit from this provision, please contact Mr M Priddey mpriddey@prospect.reading.sch.uk

Remote Learning Devices
We have a limited number of devices available to borrow. We sent guidance last week explaining how games consoles and smart TVs can be used to access MS Teams; however, if your child is still having difficulty accessing lessons due to lack of a device, please contact Mrs S McCavish smccavish@prospect.reading.sch.uk. The government has also launched a scheme to provide additional mobile data to students who:

  • do not have fixed broadband at home
  • cannot afford additional data for their devices
  • are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

If you meet these criteria, please contact Mrs McCavish with the name of the account holder, the mobile number and the network provider and we can apply for an additional data allowance for you.

Once again, thank you for everything that you are doing to support your children in their learning.

We would like to wish you all a very pleasant weekend,

Mr D Littlemore
Headteacher

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