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Keep Calm & Keep Learning - Remote Learning Procedures
Click on the button below to access information outlining the school’s approach to ‘recovery’ curriculum planning and refinement in response to any ‘less secure learning’ resulting from the lockdown period.
It also outlines our approach for remote learning should our students need to access this due to the need to self-isolate (Tier 1) or if the school should need to partially or full close (Tier 2).
Access to Online Learning - Devices and Data
We want to make sure students can access lessons and class materials in the best way and the type of device that they use makes a big difference.
If students are using a mobile phone to access Classroom and Meet and don’t have access to a PC/laptop/tablet then please let us know by filling in this form: CGS Lockdown Chromebook Request and we will try to lend the student a Chromebook to use.
Also, if students have to use their mobile data to access the internet because there is no broadband internet at home, you can request additional data by filling out this form: Increased Data Allocation Request. This must be completed by the account holder.
Coombe Key Worker Provision
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school. All other pupils and students will receive remote education at home.
Coombe Key Worker Provision
If you are eligible for key worker provision at Coombe or you would like more information, please contact Ms Mitchell using email@example.com.
Pupils in school as part of the key worker provision will continue to progress through the curriculum using the online lessons provided by their teachers. All pupils will have a quiet place to work and access to a device. Pupils should bring their own headphones, a packed lunch and any books/equipment necessary to complete their classwork. All pupils will be supervised by a member of staff at all times and the health & safety precautions detailed in our risk assessment will continue to be followed closely.
Children with an EHCP will work closely with a member of our Learning Development Department to ensure that they are supported whilst completing their online learning.
Free School Meals
Applying for free school meals (FSM)
If the financial situation of your family has changed since the pandemic and you think that your child may now be eligible for free school meals, you can find our more information and apply via this Department for Education website link.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has temporarily extended free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). This temporary extension is continuing and covers both pupils who are attending school and who are at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
See guidance on the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information.
Pupils currently in receipt of free school meals
Following the recent announcement from the government, from Monday 18th January 2021 schools will be sending Edenred vouchers via email to those children currently in receipt of free school meals. Once families have received their voucher, they will be able to redeem in store by either:
presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
presenting a paper copy of the voucher
More information about this scheme and a list of possible supermarkets that the vouchers can be used at can be found here.
Other support for families
Further government support is available for families struggling as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area.
Student & Family Wellbeing
An organisation who specialise in working with young people. They have a wide variety of resources on their website which cover a range of topics. This is a direct link to their section on COVID 19 support.
A website produced by the NHS with a range of help and advice for parents who may be concerned about their child’s mental health.
An online service who provide digital support to young people who are experiencing issues with their mental health. They provide articles, wellbeing ideas and online community support.
A wide range of resources which provide information to help your child understand how they might be feeling. They also offer a range of ideas of things that can be done to support wellbeing.
Fresh air, sunlight & exercise!
Exercise should be a key part of your daily routine, as should getting fresh air and sunlight. These things are important for physical and mental health, and again offer scope for doing activities as a family. If your child is well in themselves and able to, then they should be encouraged to be active for at least an hour each day. Try to encourage your child to spend time outside during their break and lunch time – even 5 minutes kicking a football in the garden or a walk around block will help lift their mood and help them to focus better on school work when they return