Ken James Headmaster at Red House School

Dear Parents,

I hope you are well and surviving home schooling.  I know many of you are having to balance working from home with supporting the children and we are grateful for your help.  Please do not let ‘working parent guilt’ set in: there is only so much you can do and, in these challenging circumstances, your best has to be good enough.

Online Learning Survey

Thank you to those parents who completed the survey at the end of the first week of online learning.  We will strive to be as interactive as possible in as many lessons and activities as possible.  We are finding a mix of methods of delivery is working well for the pupils and parents.  We are also finding that the majority of pupils are interacting brilliantly with remote learning.  For those who are struggling, we are putting in place a number of interventions.  We fully understand children react differently and one approach cannot suit all our pupils.  Please just keep communicating with us.

Internet Safety

The children are spending longer online at the moment and may be emotionally less resilient than normal.  Sadly, some unsavoury characters may wish to take advantage of this.  Please continue to promote online safety with the children and let us know if you have any concerns.  The NSPCC site remains a good source of information for parents: click here.

COVID Testing

This week we tested staff and the children in school for the first time.  This soft introduction of the testing programme is allowing us to develop protocols for a more labour-intensive system when all the senior school pupils return.  I know there has been some criticism of the lateral flow tests in the press recently, questioning the ability of the pupils to swab themselves correctly.  However, since this will be introduced on top of the safety measures we already have in place, I only see it as a positive step.

I hope you all remain safe and have a lovely weekend.

With best wishes

Ken James

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