Daily update 9th July 2020 – September opening

Planning is still ongoing at this stage and I will communicate fully as soon as possible.  We started to carry out the risk assessment for full reopening yesterday and this will continue today. We are considering every aspect of school life from both the student and staff perspective and this will take time to complete.  Please be assured that we are working hard on this and will communicate in explicit detail the full plans, information and detail as soon as we can.

BBC Make a Difference

Yesterday I did a radio interview on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on their breakfast show about the government scheme for Year 10 students for access to digital devices to support remote learning.  We have very recently received our devices into school and are currently working with families to collect them.  You can hear the interview here:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=292089468580427

This was part of a wider campaign, “BBC Make a Difference”, which is asking people to donate their old laptops for children who don’t have access to them.  The report can be found here:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5SqHJMTKZx5sYhlltXJvB1Q/the-digital-divide.  

If you have laptops or other devices that you have replaced and no longer need you can donate them so that a young person is able to use it to support their learning.  The link above takes you to other websites to make a donation, however, we would be happy to receive any donations directly into NK Academy to support our own students.  Whilst we fought for more devices than we had originally been allocated for Year 10 and were successful in this, there are still many students in other year groups that do not have access to laptops to support their learning in a way that would be ideal.  As we will be returning in September the need for remote learning might lessen in comparison to our current situation but, as we have seen in other regions, there is a possibility of a local lockdown.  This, along with the need for people to isolate as directed by NHS Test and Trace and public health teams, means we will need to continue to provide remote learning as needed so we are already planning for this.  Access to digital devices to continue to effectively access Teams plays an important part in our remote learning provision.  If you are able to make any donation please get in touch by responding to this email.

Take care everyone.

With very best wishes,

Jo Tunnicliffe

Headteacher