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Letter From The Principal Regarding Pastoral Support & Behaviour Expectations During Remote Education - 08 January 2021

Ref: CLY/AKW 8 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the positive response to our roll out of remote education at this difficult time.

Your child is being provided with on line lessons as per their Academy timetable, which can be found on Teams, and follows the Academy day timings. Your child will be expected to log on to their lesson on time to participate in their lessons.

Pastoral Support

In order to give your child pastoral support and guidance during these challenging times, from Monday 11 January 2021, all students will need to log in to their Office 365 account for their Period 1 lesson at 9:00 am. Students will be registered and they will take part in a 15-minute Tutor Period before commencing their Period 1 lesson with the same teacher. We have planned activities and discussions for your child to be involved in, including a Pastoral Assembly on Monday morning and daily opportunities for your child to ask questions and alleviate any concerns they may have.

Behaviour Expectations and Safeguarding for Remote Learning

While most of students are working from home, safeguarding remains our priority and remote learning has brought about new challenges to enable the Academy to continue to keep the students safe. Therefore, we ask that you support the Academy by encouraging you child to adhere to some simple guidelines whilst working online.

Whilst any student is accessing a virtual lesson through Microsoft Teams, we would like the students to keep the cameras turned off on their devices unless invited to switch them on by the member of staff delivering the lesson. We also request that students mute their microphones until invited to speak by their teacher. For the purpose of keeping all students and staff safe from harm, we do not allow students to take photographs of each other whilst in school and therefore ask the same of the students whilst working remotely from home. If students are known to be taking screenshots of members of staff or

students whilst working remotely, there will be serious sanctions on the students’ return to the Academy.

The expectation of students’ behaviour during the online lessons is exactly the same as in normal face-to-face classroom lessons within the Academy. If there are any safeguarding concerns that you or your child have ordinarily reported to the Academy, please do so via the telephone 01472 500505 or by emailing enquires@tollbaracademy.co.uk.

If your child is unwell and unable to attend online lessons, please report this to the Academy as you would when usually reporting your child’s absence from the Academy.

As always Pastoral Heads of House will be available to support any students and parents/carers if needed and contact can be made via enquires@tollbaracademy.co.uk.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and patience at this challenging time. Yours faithfully

Mrs C L Yates
Principal

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