15 January 2021

Dear parents and carers,

At the end of our first full week of live on-line teaching I wanted to write to you all to thank you for your support in getting our children learning full time in lockdown. We all knew that this was not going to be easy, but it has been a real privilege to see so many of our children working hard in all their lessons.

We know that for families juggling your own work responsibilities with childcare and supporting your child with home learning is a real challenge and we hope that you know that we are here to help in any way we can. If your child is struggling to access their on-line learning for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact us.

At the end of this first week here are some helpful tips that we know will help your child work hard at home.

Please make sure your child has:

  • A quiet space where they will not be interrupted during their lessons

Turn off any radio or music that is playing in the background. Try and keep other siblings away from where your child is working so that they can concentrate. And remove any distractions – game consoles and mobile phones should not be near your child during the school day – unless they are using their phone to access the lesson.

  • A working laptop with internet access

On-line learning works best from a laptop. Tablets and mobile phones do work but not as well. If your child still does not have access to their own working laptop please let your head of year know and we will try and source a lap top for your child. If you are struggling with wifi data or internet coverage again let us know so that we can get the support for you.

  • Their camera on

For your child’s teacher to support your child best they need their lap top camera on. This means that we can see them working and check that they are doing the tasks when they are asked to and support them more easily if they get stuck. All laptops provided by school have working cameras. We have shown children how to blur the background to protect their privacy. If they are struggling to do this make sure they are sat with a wall behind them so that no one else can be seen on the camera. Please check your child has their camera on during their live lessons.

  • Their pencil case and exercise book

Some of the work the pupils complete is on-line and sometimes they need to write or draw on paper in front of them. We have sent packs home to every family with pen and writing books in for your child to use. Please make sure they have these with them for every lesson.

  • Let their form tutor know if they are struggling with any aspect of on-line learning

We are here to help your child learn from home. Please contact your child’s form tutor if your child is finding anything difficult. You can email them directly or call the school.

Finally, whilst the vast majority of our children are behaving really well in lessons and working hard, a small minority have attempted to disrupt learning. We are taking any disruption to learning on-line very seriously. If your child misbehaves, we will call you to let you know. If your child see’s any poor behaviour, please let your child’s head of year know so that we can make sure it is followed up. Poor on-line behaviour will not be tolerated.

We really want to hear how you feel the on-line lessons are going. Please take a moment to complete this short survey – just follow the link here. Please add your child’s name if you would like us to contact you directly about any of the issues you raise.

With many thanks and wishing you all the very best in these hard times.

Stay safe and let’s do what it takes to support your child to keep learning.

Ms Curtis

Principal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Community classrooms

  • From Thursday 7th January we will open our community classroom provision to the following groups of children:
    • Children of key workers
    • Vulnerable pupils including SEN pupils.
  • If you are a key worker and would like to request a place for you child in our community classroom provision, please click here.
  • Children in the community classrooms will be supported to complete all the online learning that children at home will be set.

Accessing on-line learning years 7-12 from 11th January

For your child to learn from home next week they will need the following:

  • Access to a laptop and internet connection
  • A quiet space for them to work from
  • A pen and paper

They should be ready to join their online form time at 0830 every morning and will have a mixture of live lessons and online learning tasks set each day. The following links will help.

Free School Meals

  • Throughout the national lockdown we will continue to send all families who receive Free School Meals their weekly voucher. If your child is attending our community classroom you will not receive this voucher as they will be provided with a free lunch.
  • If your financial situation has changed recently and you think you might now be eligible for free school meals please click here for more information about how to apply.
  • If you need urgent food, please contact Brent Council for a food voucher on 020 8937 5796 and select option 3.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Place2Be have information and advice on how to look after your family’s mental health during lockdown. Click here to access this information.

Our team at Elvin are ready to support your child through this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to contact the school at any stage if you have any concerns or questions. We are in this together!