Parents Letter 01.05.20

Dear Parents and Carers

I do hope that you are all well and that you are all staying safe and healthy. I speak on behalf of the whole staff team in saying we are missing all of our students very much and hope that we will get further advice and instructions soon from the Government about how and when schools will reopen. In the meantime, we must remain patient, calm and continue to follow the guidelines that have been put in place to protect the most vulnerable within our community.

We continue to be very impressed by the quality and quantity of work completed by many of our students over the first three weeks of term. I know from our communications with many families that maintaining a sense of routine with your children is very supportive of their mental health and wellbeing.

Enrichment Activities for our students We continue to endeavour to find ways to reach out to support you. Next week, alongside Drop and Read, which is period 3 for Years 7 and 8, we will be running an enrichment hour for Year 9 and 10 students. Teachers will not set work period 3 next week for Years 7 to 10. Alongside this letter I have attached a document to which our Leaders of Department have contributed, giving a huge number of suggestions for our students to get involved with to stimulate their curiosity, enthusiasm and love of learning. We are asking that children in Years 9 and 10 select a different suggestion each day next week to get involved with. They have the freedom to choose whatever they like and would encourage them to communicate with their teachers about what they have been doing. For Year 7 and 8 students, we would encourage them to explore and take part in anything that takes their interest that is signposted to be Key Stage 3. We have even included some exciting extension material for Sociology and Psychology that might be of interest to our older students.

Seeking support and help if you need it I would like to remind parents and carers that we are here if you need our help or support in anyway. There is a vast array of organisations that are available to us that we can help signpost you to if needed. You can ring the school during normal opening hours on 01626 366969 or you can email admin@teignschool.org.uk and a message will be sent to the relevant member of staff asking them to get in touch with you. All staff email addresses are available on our website.

IT support can be accessed by our families and students any time by phoning the school number, 01626 366969 (school switchboard) and selecting option 9. The team have been fantastic at getting some of our families’ IT problems resolved. If you are having issues then please do contact us to let us know. Mr Goodwin has circulated advice on how to keep your child safe online. It is really important that families are aware of their children’s online profiles and settings. Unfortunately, there are individuals who will seek to access young people through the internet and social media. If you require additional help then contact us.

Support with food Any families who are in receipt of FSM are receiving weekly voucher codes to use. If you are having any issues with these then do contact us. If you have any additional concerns about feeding your family then do speak to us so we can help make a referral to HITs, a local foodbank charity on your behalf.

Health and wellbeing All our students have access to our Student Support pages via their school email account. I would encourage parents to ask their child to show them these pages as they contain lots of links to organisations than can offer advice and guidance. We have read in the news how fewer children than usual are being taken to the doctors or hospital. The strong advice from the NHS and medical professionals is that if your child is unwell then do take them to see a doctor.

Safeguarding contacts All our students have these contacts but I thought it might be worth resharing with you:

Mr A Goodwin - Designated Safeguarding Lead

andy.goodwin@teignschool.org.uk / 01626 366969 ext 1503

Mrs L Wagner - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

lucie.wagner@teignschool.org.uk

MASH Devon County Council Safeguarding Hub - mashsecure@devon.gov.uk / 0345 155 107 MASH Outside of office hours contact Emergency Duty Team - 0845 6000 388

Childline - 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk

KOOTH - www.kooth.com

SHOUT/ Crisis Text Line - free text 85258

Police 999 (emergency) / 101

Staff Lockdown Video On a lighter note, I wanted to share with you the short video that our staff have put together as a demonstration of how much we are missing the children and our school community. Many of you have already seen this via our facebook page. I hope it does bring a smile to your faces. Thank you Mrs Wagner for putting it all together! https://youtu.be/vK9h62nXYDc

Year Team Newsletters I hope you have seen and read the now weekly year group newsletters. Please encourage your child to engage with us so that they continue to feel part of the Teign School community. Some of the children’s work is being shared via these publications which is one way of keeping our students motivated and engaged.

I thank parents for all they are doing to encourage and support their child’s education. In case it wasn’t clear enough by what is written above: we are here to support and help so please do get in touch if you have any concerns relating to your child or family.

Next Friday, 8th May is a Bank Holiday so there will be no school that day and no work will be set. I will be asking the staff to not work over the weekend to give themselves a short break. As many of you will know yourselves, trying to juggle their job and their family circumstances has meant some very long hours for our staff. All your emails and communications of support for the staff are much appreciated and I thank you for taking the time to write them. They do mean an awful lot to the staff. We are all continuing to look forward to the day when we can resume normal schooling, and in the meantime will continue to do all we can to work with you in maintaining routines and learning as best we can. Thank you for your continuing support, and wishing you all the very best,

Yours faithfully

Suzannah Wharf

Headteacher