An unprecedented decision was taken by the government today to announce the closure of all schools in the UK as of Friday until further notice. We heard exactly what parents heard and at the same time, so you can imagine that we now have a deal of planning and preparation to do in order to respond to this directive. We have of course already been doing extensive forward planning on how to provide effective distance learning for all of our students during this time of what is a national crisis.

 

However, we are not yet fully informed as to the details of what the government will require us to provide for the children of ‘front line’ workers. This will be sent to schools during Thursday. We will be contacting you again when we have this detail and asking that you help us by providing further information on your own family circumstances. We will also hope to give you some clarity around this year’s examination season which is going to be highly unusual. We do know that you as parents want to maintain the learning of your children and we share that desire for our students.

 

With sincere thanks for your support and understanding,

 

​Annette Hall

Chair

Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

We would like to reassure you that the Trust are continually monitoring the welfare of our students and staff in relation to this matter.  Plus we are monitoring the specified countries and areas identified by Public Health England and are reviewing the Risk Assessments for this year’s France resilience trip and any other planned visits which fall into this category.

Following a change in the case definition for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and updated advice for people returning to the UK from abroad, please refer to the most up to date Public Health England Guidance information in the link below.

Please check the page regularly as the advice is subject to ongoing review.:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

The guidance is especially important where staff and students (or close relatives) may have returned from any of the affected areas, in particular Northern Italy, after the half-term break.

The specific areas of Italy are identified on the map from the below link:-

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/868103/Map_showing_specified_areas_of_Italy_250220.pdf

Public Health England have also published advice for educational settings which provides schools and academies with guidance. The Trust will continue to monitor updates to Public Health England guidance to ensure that they are communicated and adhered to.:-

Government Guidance for COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

 

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has named the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust as the top performing Trust in the Country! As a Trust we are extremely delighted that the hard work of our teachers, leaders, support staff and children has been recognised in this way. See the links below for the report and some articles on it’s findings.

https://epi.org.uk/publications-and-research/performance-academy-local-authorities-2017/

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/epi-report-best-and-worst-performing-academy-trusts-and-las-revealed/

https://www.tes.com/news/five-things-we-learned-epi-report-mats-and-councils