Contingency Planning Update

Bucks UTC / Contingency Planning Update

+ - What work should students complete?

New Working from Home plans are now available for all year groups. This also includes sessions for Mindset Motivation with Cameron Parker on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00pm. Students will be expected to complete three sets of work per day, during the hours of 09:00 and 15:00 (when staff will be available).

Updated learning plans for all year groups can be accessed below:

Year 10 Learning Plan Year 11 Learning Plan Year 12 Building Learning Plan
Year 12 Computing Learning Plan Year 13 Learning Plan

Students should access work through Microsoft Teams. This is a service that allows for online communication between peers and students and teachers. Each subject has been allocated a specific ‘team’, and within this, students can send questions that may be answered by other students or by a teacher.

Click the Files tab to view and download assignments, revision material and other resources that teachers have published for children to use within allocated sessions or for their own study.

Computing students’ assignment briefs and resources are available on Microsoft OneNote, which they know how to use. Any student can also upload their work here so it be can seen and marked by their teacher.

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+ - How will learning take place at home?

Children who are not those of ‘key workers’ or Year 10 and 12 students returning under limited hours will be set work to complete during the week when at home. Using Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, students will be able to communicate with teachers who are online and access resources for each subject within their specific Team group.

We have broken each day into 3 rather the usual 5 or 6 lessons to enable the working from home to be more manageable for both students and parents. During the allocated time slots for each subject teachers will be available online to answer questions that students may have.

Teachers will:

  • Be on hand via the cloud in the lesson slots to help you understand lesson content and to
    support students
  • Provide individual feedback on work that submitted via OneNote or via emailed to them

+ - Contacting the UTC

During our closure, the main switchboard telephone number will not be in use. Instead, please either text or email us:

Text: 07553 317476 or 07899 691362

Email: reception@buckinghamshireutc.co.uk

If your child needs their computer password reset, please see below. 

+ - Children of Key Workers

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. However, if a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. We are doing all we can to remain open for those students with an EHCP, are classed as vulnerable or are children of key workers.

The UTC will be open and staff will attend to support children who are unable to stay at home.

Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults

+ - Online Access

If your child cannot access their Office 365 account, their password for UTC computer and Office access may have expired. For password reset send a text to 07553 317476 or 07899 691362 and await further advice.

If you do not have internet, computer or printer access, you will have been given paper resources and extended advice if you responded to emails sent by Reception during the week. Please get in touch using the details above if you have not received a reply.

Key online links:

Office 365 Portal: students can access all Office apps here, including Outlook, OneDrive and OneNote.

Microsoft Teams: online classes and communications with teachers, access to subject resources and files

OneNote: save and uploading work, computing student resource access

Phased return for Year 10 and 12 students

The UTC is fortunate to be able to adapt our building to ensure that we can offer some face to face contact with their teachers in the UTC. This supplements the working from home programme which remains the predominant mode of learning for all year 10 and year 12 students this term.

As you are already aware we have planned for a phased return for students starting 23rd June. We have completed a detailed risk assessment and wear confident that we can deliver a reduced timetable, in a regularly cleaned environment, whilst practising social distancing.

It is not expected that students will return full time and travel on public transport during peak times should be avoided and if necessary the government guidance should be followed.

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COVID UPDATE 01/06: Following the announcement of phased school re-opening last week, we have been working through what this means for Bucks UTC students and making sure that whatever is planned meets the government guidance for Covid-19 implementing protective measures in education.

We have not been doing this in isolation, we have been consulting with colleagues at Buckinghamshire Association of Secondary Headteachers, Buckinghamshire Council and the Baker Dearing Trust who hold the licence for all UTCs. At this time of great uncertainty, it is imperative that as education providers, we work collaboratively to support our young people (see downloadable letter from Buckinghamshire Association of Secondary Headteachers).

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount in all planning. We are focussed on minimising the use of public transport, avoiding peak times for any necessary student travel and limiting attendance where appropriate to maintain prescribed protective measures The learning offer is to provide some support to supplement student’s remote education which will continue. The latest government guidance for parents can be found on Gov.uk.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to remain open for those students with an EHCP, are classed as vulnerable or are children of key workers (eg NHS staff, police, others in frontline services). We may invite specific pupils to attend the UTC either for Keep in Touch Days or continuous attendance dependent on individual circumstances. We have written to you separately about this.

We want to thank all students, parents and of course the staff team that have been trying their very best to work from home during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Whether students are working online or from hard copy resources sent by post, we thank parents for the support they are providing.

Please note this may be superseded by further government advice, if this is the case, we will of course keep you updated.