Re-opening

 We will welcome back all children to school on a full time or statutory hours basis from Monday 8th March, 2021 

Whilst there are some differences to their classrooms and key routines/protocols in order to meet the necessary health and safety requirements, the children will no doubt continue to be excellent in settling back into the routines of school.  

The school has conducted an in depth Local Authority risk assessment which assesses 39 separate areas of control and over 200 individual control measures.  It remains a ‘live’ document, which is regularly reviewed on a weekly basis.  You can access a copy of this by clicking here. Of course, even with all these measures in place it will still not be possible to remove the risk entirely. 

The measures in place at Talbot in order to reduce contacts will be based on keeping children within year group bubbles.  This allows the children to return to their classes with their class teacher, whilst also allowing us to manage the practical logistics both within and around the building, i.e. break and lunchtimes and to deliver our broad and balanced curriculum, including PE and Computing. 

What are the staggered start time and finish times?

We have staggered the drop off and pick up times to ensure everyone can enter and leave the site safely, with appropriate social distancing. Please leave 2 metres between each other when on the school site. We have endeavoured to maintain our usual school hours as much as possible and also made the process as straightforward as possible to follow.  Please follow these timings from Monday 8th March.

 

Nursery

Reception

Year One

Year Two

Drop off time

8.45am

9.00am

8.45am

9.00am

Where from?

Entrance via staff car park

Main Entrance or RCC entrance (staff will tell you which entrance to use after your first day– please arrive as per your directed time on your first day)

Key Stage One playground entrance

Key Stage One playground entrance

Pick up time?

 

3.45pm

 

3.30pm

3.15pm

3.30pm

Where from?

For afternoon drop offs: access via the Main Entrance.

For the end of the day:

Entrance via staff car park

Main Entrance or RCC entrance

Key Stage One playground exit

Key Stage One playground exit

 

 

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Year Six

Drop off time

8.45am

9.00am

8.45am

9.00am

Where from?

Year 3/4 entrance and entrance nearest to the modular buildings

Year 3/4 entrance and entrance nearest to the modular buildings

Year 5/6 entrance and entrance nearest to Talbot Road

Year 5/6 entrance and entrance nearest to Talbot Road

Pick up time?

3.15pm

3.30pm

3.15pm

3.30pm

Where from?

Year 3/4 entrance and exit nearest to the modular buildings

Year 3/4 entrance and exit nearest to the modular buildings

Year 5/6 exit and entrance nearest to Talbot Road

Year 5/6 exit and entrance nearest to Talbot Road

 

It is very important that everybody keeps to these timings and ensures children are dropped off at their allocated time.  By doing so it reduces congestion on the school site and subsequently the risk.  Senior leaders will be on hand to support families, remind them of the need to be on time and also to leave the premises promptly after drop off. We will review these timings as the term progresses.  If, as we all hope, there are further health and safety relaxations, we will adapt these timings accordingly and of course keep you informed. 

 

I have children in more than one class?  What should I do about drop off and pick up?

Parents and carers can drop off and collect children at the same time.  Please ensure that you drop your child at the earlier drop off point first and then go to the entrance point for your next child.  Either Mrs Mitchell, Mr Youdan or Mr Middleton will be on hand to escort the children inside.  At the end of the day, please collect your child from the earlier pick up time and then go to the other exit points.  At collection time teachers will of course supervise children until you arrive, however you will support us immensely by prioritising collection of your child(ren) before engaging in discussions with other parents. 

Please take some time to read our full re-opening policy for March 2021 by clicking here. 

For details about our Remote Learning Policy click here.

We know that you may have additional questions, so click on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ to get some answers.

You can also access the latest advice from the DfE by clicking herePunjabi, Urdu and Arabic versions can be accessed by just clicking on the language.

The DfE have also produced a useful leaflet for parents and carers to read. Click here to access this (updated version March 16th, 2021) 

Click here for a handy absence guide for Parents and Carers.

'Catch-up' fund strategy

The government has announced a national programme of £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time as well as £350 million to access the National Tutoring programme for eligible children.  At Talbot, we will use the funding to enhance the following:

  • Teaching and whole school strategies – i.e. enhancing and adding capacity for whole class teaching
  • Targeted approaches – i.e. small group tuition, intervention programmes and extended school time
  • Wider strategies – i.e. supporting parents and carers and access to technology

It is important to note that whilst we will automatically receive the catch-up premium, access to the National Tutoring programme may be more variable and dependent upon DfE criteria for eligibility.  This will prioritise disadvantaged children in priority areas.  Wherever possible however we will seek to access this support. 

To find out more about how we intend to make the most of this funding please click here. (to be reviewed Spring 2021)

Need access to free home rapid flow test kits?  Click here to find out how. Please remember that the official advice is that if you or your child has any symptoms of Covid -19 you should get a PCR test and not use a home LFD test.  A negative LFD test for a symptomatic person will not be sufficient evidence that they are negative.  You and your household will still need to isolate unless a PCR test is taken and it is negative.  As before, please inform the school via email at admin@talbotprimary.net or by phone at 0113 2934086.