Message from the CEO, Mr Antony Hughes
I know that COVID 19 continues to be immensely challenging to our children, staff and parents. But we are determined to continue to provide all Harmony children with an excellent education while keeping them and Harmony staff safe and well. This means continuing to focus on learning, embracing technology and working with parents in new and exciting ways. Communication is also vital and our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sets out answers to the questions that parents may have about how we are handling the crisis.
Protecting our staff, children and community
As a trust we are taking all reasonable measures to ensure that we protect our staff, our children and their families. Each academy has a risk assessment in place to outline the measures that we are taking. You can support us by only sending children who are well to school, observing social distancing when dropping off or collecting your child and by wearing a face covering wherever possible.
Our Approach to the Curriculum
We know that all children will have been impacted upon by the school closure period this may be academically or socially. We want every child to experience success in both these areas. As a trust we are supporting our academies to make best use of assessment information so that we can accelerate pupil progress and close the gaps quickly. We know that we need to concentrate on the core skills of communication, reading, writing and maths without compromising access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We will also prioritise the health and well-being of our pupils through the approach taken to personal development and ensuring all children access opportunities for physical development and exercise.
Attendance at school and bubble closures
Attendance at school each day is very important. Children have already missed too many days of school during the school closure period. We have and will continue to prioritise keeping our academies open. One measure to support this is the approach to PPA time for teachers, by closing early to pupils one afternoon per week we have reduced the number of staff working across bubbles. All children continue to access their full school entitlement by extending other aspects of the school day including reduced lunchtimes and earlier start times.
We have careful monitoring in place to ensure that when we are notified of confirmed cases of Covid19 we will close bubbles accordingly. We will inform parents of these decisions by email and will switch to remote learning during these times.
As we adapt to the challenges placed upon us by Covid19, we have worked to develop a strategy around delivering our vision of an excellent education, whether pupils are in school or having to work remotely due to self-isolation and bubble closures. Our aim is to continue to maximise the use of technology to close attainment gaps and ensure that all children achieve their maximum potential.
Support for Parents
Understanding Covid19 and the measures in place can be confusing. Our advice is to follow the measures that are in place in your local area.
Click here to read our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have a query regarding whether your child should attend school or what to do if your child or a family member becomes unwell please read the information leaflets. Click here
If you need to speak to one of the academy team please get in touch by telephone or email.