Useful resources for parents temporarily educating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic
We have compiled a list of the websites that offer learning resources, ideas, activities, lessons and more, for you to encourage your pupils and parents to use to support temporary home learning during this period of school closures. The list can be downloaded on this page. It is a non-exhaustible list, and more extensive directories can be found online below and attached.
LGfL are offering some webinar training to help those who want to deliver online teaching and support. The slots are 20/03/20 and 23/03/20: https://sites.google.com/appsevents.com/lgfl-gsuite-training/home
http://homelearninguk.com is a new site that has been set up to support schools with advice and links to resources.
http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com has a directory with a huge number of resources listed, so it is best used when you are looking for something in particular and you can use the search function.
Some websites may require you to create a username and password to access the materials. Additionally, on some of these sites you may need to search in the ‘teacher’ or ‘educator’ areas to find the best materials.
Note that it is important that parents check the suitability and safety of the resources listed themselves first. The local authority does not endorse any of the services of these providers.
The local authority advises that parents should only access online learning at this time rather than face-to-face tutoring to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Schools are advised to remind children and parents to follow simple online safety rules – see attached.
London Grid for Learning (LGfL) has produced specific online safeguarding guidance here: https://coronavirus.lgfl.net/safeguarding
https://digisafedaily.lgfl.net for sharing a daily online safety reminder with pupils.
Pete Gaskin – Retiring on 31 March 2020 and succession
As some of you may know I am retiring at the end of this month now that I am 61 years old.
I need two new knees and possibly a hip! But I think it important to set out the succession put in place to make sure services to schools continue to meet your requirements.
Consequently, Gary Hipple will take over my duties as Head of Service.
Reporting to him will be:-
Brendan Ryan Schools HR
Lewis Brunton School Support (including Catering and Cleaning contracts)
Alex Purssey Schools ICT and Libraries Services
Janet Goring Literacy and Numeracy
Dan White Head of the Music Service will become a charity organisation from 1 April 2020
As you already know Michael has taken over the responsibility for Special Education Needs Transport.
On a personal note I will miss the many colleagues and friends I have made over the 15 years I have worked in Wandsworth. I’ve seen off the GLC and ILEA, came through Westminster Council and Wandsworth Council. Children’s Services and Education will continue to flourish as the Headteachers, school staff and staff within the Council are dedicated to children, their safety and education.
I had planned to have a leaving celebration but in these difficult times I am postponing this for a few months. I hope that I will get the opportunity to say goodbye to as many as possible but thank you it has been a privilege to work with you all.
Daily attendance register
I hope all is well in these strange and difficult times.
With the new arrangements in place since Monday we are aware that each school has been asked to use a spreadsheet to collect attendance of pupils and to provide the summary to the DfE daily.
To support you as schools we would like to use the child level attendance information to ensure that we are supporting all vulnerable children across the borough. We would use your attendance information to cross reference those who are known to social care to give an overall borough picture of numbers of children identified as vulnerable across the borough and understand current numbers of pupils attending each school. This will enable the local authority to understand groups of children across Wandsworth and help us to work with you to provide the best support.
This would initially be a one off exercise, from which we will aggregate analysis across the borough to feed back to you, then look at the best approach moving forward.
To make this as easy as possible we would simply ask that you send us your DfE attendance spreadsheet that you are currently completing as of end of day Tuesday 24th March, using your secure LGFL email, to email@example.com. If you do not have an LGFL account you can send via Egress to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not been entering pupil level information into the DfE Excel template, we would kindly request that you send us the information in whatever format you have available.
Ideally we would need the full list of all vulnerable or key worker children, with the attendance information as appropriate for those coming into school. If you have the full list held separately, we would ask that you send the full list back to us as well as the DfE attendance template / list of those attending so far this week. By getting as full a picture as possible from across the borough we can
ensure that all children are getting the support they need.
Our Research and Evaluation Unit will be undertaking analysis and ensuring the information you provide is used appropriately (as they would currently with your school census information).
If you have any questions about the process for submitting data please contact Nicola Smith (020 8871 7652) or Shemira Jetha (020 8871 8749).
Any other questions please go get in touch with me.
Head of Participation and Performance