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After a return to school unlike any we could have predicted, the message at the end of our first full week is one of celebration and gratitude.

At SET Ixworth our work has focused on the three key areas of online learning, in-school provision and the introduction of the Government’s lateral flow testing programme. The fact that teaching and learning is taking place so effectively in the current climate is no small achievement and I would like to extend my personal thanks to our community of students, staff and families for their support and commitment to this.

At a time when so many of us are carrying with us thoughts of working from home, the latest news on testing or vaccinations and concern for loved ones, the high level of positivity and extensive engagement students have demonstrated in their learning is to be commended.
Thank you also to those parent/carers who have offered feedback, as always this is much appreciated and informs the review of our provision and protocols.

Having students maintain their regular timetables and the addition of live lessons across all year groups has been a key development to our provision from last year’s period of lockdown. One of the greatest benefits of our live lesson provision is the social interaction it promotes between students, their teachers and their peers, allowing staff to offer direct guidance, address misconceptions and challenge students to develop and extend their responses. For these reasons, students have been instructed to participate in live lessons with their microphones and cameras on. However, as part of our ongoing process of reviewing our practice, we understand that for some students the use of cameras can be a barrier to engagement and can also impact on families in terms of bandwidth capacity. To this end, teaching staff will be working within live lessons to secure contributions and engagement from all students either on camera, through spoken contributions or via the chat facility to ensure we are maximising the learning of each and every student.

As a school we also recognise that for some students the preferred work space when at home may be their bedroom, for example because they have their own desk or this is a quiet area. If parent/ carers wish their sons or daughters to join live lessons from their bedrooms, for privacy and best safeguarding practice, we ask that students blur their backgrounds. Guidance on how to blur or change backgrounds will be shared via students’ Tutor group Google Classroom.

To further bridge the gap between home and school at this time of separation, as during the last lockdown, we are always delighted to receive photographs of students’ work from home.

If families are happy to share photographs please email these to our enquiries email address ixworth@seckfordeducation.org.uk
Finally, as we work collectively to invest in protecting the safety and well-being of all our community, please do not hesitate to make contact with the school if support of any kind is needed.

Mrs P Parker, Head of School

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