On Thursday 5th November, the 4-week national lockdown commences with schools, colleges and universities remaining open. Following review of the risk assessment we have made the following revisions which will be in place from Thursday 5th November 2020 to try and further minimise contact and reduce transmission of the virus. A KS5 PDF copy of the communication sent to parents is available here.
Should the need arise, we have put the working from home plan for your child in the Parent Portal. The plan guides students through which subject(s) they should study each day. It also includes group and where appropriate individual tutorials to provide specific guidance for students. The day is being broken into 3 rather the usual 5 or 6 lessons to enable the working from home to be more manageable for both students and parents.
Students will work in key stage bubbles (Year 10/11 and Year 12/13)
If a child is being collected or dropped off, parents should remain in their vehicle. Remember that there are parking restrictions in place with a maximum 15 minutes waiting time or an automatic parking ticket will be issued.
Students can arrive from 08:00 and will sanitise their hands upon entry to the building
Parents will not be permitted to enter the UTC without an appointment made in advance
We will remind students about cleaning hands more often than usual in line with government guidance and there are visual prompts around the UTC
Students will be dismissed at the end of each day by year group
If you can walk or cycle to the UTC, this should be your primary mode of travel. Many of our students normally make extensive use of the wider public transport system, particularly public buses.
We expect that public transport capacity will continue to be constrained in the autumn term. Face coverings are required at all times on public transport (for children over the age of 11). Please refer to the safer travel guidance for passengers. We also advise carrying hand sanitiser on all public transport journeys.
It is essential that everyone cleans their hands thoroughly more often than usual. Regular and thorough hand cleaning is going to be needed for the foreseeable future.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. This can be done with soap and running water or hand sanitiser. There are handwashing facilities on every floor and hand sanitiser will be available in every learning space. Students can bring in their own hand sanitiser for personal use only.
Hands will be washed/sanitised:
There are signs around the UTC reminding us all of the importance of regular handwashing and we are promoting good respiratory hygiene through ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’.
Students must wear a face covering:
Removing a face covering, in line with government guidance, you MUST:
We understand that some students may have a medical condition, or a special educational need that may affect their ability to wear a face mask. If this is the case for your child, please contact Sonia Hothi, Assistant Principal, Pastoral and Inclusion via email and she or one of her team will contact you to discuss the issue.
Through careful timetabling we have minimised contact between individuals and are maintaining social distancing wherever possible, this includes:
There are social distancing signs throughout the UTC to remind us all: where possible we have kept to the 2m distancing.
At break time there are zoned areas for year groups, you must keep to these zones.
Students should also bring a pre-filled bottle of water, although there will be water available.
No students will be authorised to leave the UTC site
To ensure that the UTC is a safe place for learning, we all need to do our part. With the ongoing risk of COVID-19, behaviour around the UTC needs to be exceptional. On top of the rules around social distancing and movement around the UTC we ask that all students be mindful of the behaviours they are exhibiting in the classroom. We are going to require your cooperation to navigate these uncertain times together. This means that all students need to think of the impact they are having on their own learning and the learning of others at all times in the classroom and around the building.
There are several new processes that have been put in place to ensure we mitigate the COVID-19 risk as best as possible. This includes a tightening of existing behavioural rules to ensure minimisation of disruption whilst concurrently considering risk factors relevant to the transmission of coronavirus.
To help encourage students to follow the rules, we will continue to apply success points where appropriate. However, if students fail to follow these rules, we will:
The normal Success (S) / Consequence (C) point policy will apply to behaviour in the UTC.
Besides gentle reminders, students are given two opportunities to correct their poor learning behaviours through the issuing of a C1 and a C2. If the behaviour has not been corrected then the student in question will be asked to wait outside the classroom for a brief chat and a final warning to correct the behaviour. Students are not to wander around when they are asked to leave the classroom. They must remain within 2 metres of the classroom. At no point are students permitted to go to another classroom and disrupt their learning.
If a student fails to heed the final warning issued outside the classroom (through the issuing of a C3) and continues to display poor learning behaviours they will be asked to wait outside the classroom and issued a C4. Again, students must remain within 2 metres of the classroom whilst the teacher issues them with a C4 slip and makes the appropriate contact with reception. Students are to remain waiting outside the classroom until they are collected by a member of staff who will take them to separate room to complete a restorative form to be used for a conversation later with the teacher.
Please note that if students breach any of the Health and Safety guidelines when they are being issued a C4, particularly around social distancing and the spread of Covid-19, then parents may be called to collect students immediately as per the Behaviour for Learning and Safety Policy Addendum.
These rules and procedures are in place to ensure that everyone can remain safe at the UTC. We would like to stress that if students remain cooperative at all times and give deliberate consideration to the impact they are having on everyone in challenging times then we can get through this together. Whilst we do not want to have to enact these procedures, they are there for your safety. So that these procedures never have to be enacted, please do the right thing at all times.
All students must strive for good attendance – the full attendance policy can be seen in the Parent Portal. We are grateful for your support in terms of:
The usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
Much more is known about coronavirus (COVID-19) and government advice is that “in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to return to school.” Please contact Assistant Principal, Pastoral and Inclusion email@example.com for further advice.