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September Reopening Details

Dear all,

I cannot believe we have come to the end of another academic year – what a year it has been. As we all returned in September from our summer break none of us could have foreseen what was ahead – but my goodness every single member of the school community has risen to face the challenges.

As one year comes to an end, in school we are always looking ahead to the next. This year is even more challenging as none of us know what lies ahead but we have planned for September and are excited to welcome all the children back. This letter outlines all the information that you need for September with regard to start days, times, processes and procedures which for some of you have become second nature and for some of you will be new. I make no apologies for the length of the letter as I am sure you all have so many questions and I feel it important that all stakeholders understand the details contained within our risk assessment and the control measures that we have put in place.

Can I once again take this opportunity to thank you all for the tremendous amount of support you have shown to the school throughout lockdown. I hope you and your loved ones have an amazing summer.

In line with the Department for Education’s instruction, it is our plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full –time from the beginning of the autumn term. The return will be phased:


Start Date


Details have been sent home

Year 1

Friday 4th September

Year 2

Thursday 3rd September

Year 3

Thursday 3rd September

Year 4

Thursday 3rd September

Year 5

Friday 4th September

Year 6

Friday 4th September


Our planning is underpinned by the Department for Education’s advice and guidance on infection protection and control which states the following:


“We are asking schools to prepare for all pupils to return full-time from the start of the autumn term, including those in school – based nurseries. Schools should not put in place rotas.


Schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Schools should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments and draw up plans for the autumn term that address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below. These are an adapted form of the system of protective measures that will be familiar from the summer term. Essential measures include:


  1. a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  2. robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  3. enhanced cleaning arrangements
  4. active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  5. formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as reasonably practicable.


How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:


  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible”


Many of the protocols and procedures that were implemented during the summer term will remain the same in the autumn term with the expectation that they will be further embedded so that children who did not attend in the summer term will themselves adopt the measures also.

All protocol and procedures are aligned to the Risk Assessment of Schools document following ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’ It is a legal requirement to review and update the previous risk assessment.

“The following plan outlines relevant detail from the government’s guidance with further details about how St James & St John Church of England School will adopt measures and ensure compliance to the statutory elements within. The aim of this plan is to minimise the risks, whilst acknowledging that we can’t negate them entirely.”

All elements of the system of controls are essential. All schools must cover them all, but the way different schools implement some of the requirements will differ based on their individual circumstances… The system of controls provides a set of principles to help them do this and, if schools follow this advice, they will effectively minimise risks.

Within the government guidance, the systems of control; that schools should adopt are clearly listed. This document will outline those systems of control and how St James & St John C of E school has made them appropriate to our specific context and circumstances.

System of controls

This is the set of actions schools must take. They are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’ and are outlined in more detail in the section below.



  1. minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does,  do not attend school
  2. clean hands thoroughly more often than usual
  3. ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting ‘catch it, bin it, kill it, approach
  4. introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and Milton
  5. minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  6. where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)


Numbers 1 to 4 must be in place in all schools, all the time.


Number 5 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances.


Number 6 applies in specific circumstances.


Response to any infection:

  1. engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
  2. manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID -19) amongst the school community
  3. contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice


Numbers 7 to 9 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.”



Numbers 7 – 9 above may require school to share pupil/parent contact information with public health officials. This sharing of information is permissible under current law and is in line with data protection guidance covering schools.

Section 1: public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks.

Systems of control



1.Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school


If a member of staff, pupil or parent or any other adult show symptoms of Coronavirus or they have tested positive within the last 7 days, they are not to attend school. The symptoms have been communicated with all members of the school community on multiple occasions and will be shared again before the autumn term.


If an adult becomes unwell, they are to remove themselves from the setting as soon as possible.


If a child becomes unwell, the existing guidelines will be followed i.e. the child will be removed to a designated isolated space where they can be monitored and supported until they are collected by their parents or carers. The room that the child utilised will be immediately cleaned with Milton or bleach and the children/adult will wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.


In terms of PPE, a fluid resistant surgical mask should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. If contact with the child or young person is necessary them disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid resistant face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn. The member of staff supporting the symptomatic child does not need to go home to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves or if the symptomatic child subsequently tests positive or they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace.


There will also be a designated toilet assigned to children who fall ill. Once the child is collected, both rooms (waiting and toilet) will be thoroughly cleaned by a member of staff wearing both gloves and a mask.


The designated isolation spaces/toilets are as follows:


Akeley site:

The learning space at the rear of the staff room + the toilet in this area.


Chackmore site:

The learning support room + disabled toilet


The child should then be tested for coronavirus. If the test is negative the child can return to school assuming they are well enough. If the test is positive, all children and adults within that group should self-isolate for 14 days and not attend the setting. This guidance also applies if an adult presents as unwell and is subsequently tested positive.


Whether or not the whole bubble will close is dependent on the conditions of the day, rather than waiting for a test result.


Cases of COVID-19 should be reported to the PHE South East – Thames Valley Health protection Team using the online reporting system 03442253861 or email





2.Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.


Adults and  children are to wash their hands on the following occasions:

  • Entry to school
  • Before/after break times
  • Before lunch
  • When they change rooms
  • Before leaving school
  • Anytime that they visit the toilet or cough/sneeze into their hands.


Additional hand sanitiser has been purchased and are available in each classroom as well as additional hand sanitisers at appropriate points in the school i.e. the entrance to both sites for visitors and staff upon arrival and the photocopying areas for increased hygiene as a ‘pinch point’ in the school.


Where children are struggling to wash independently they may receive support assuming the adult supporting is also washing their hands.


Hand hygiene protocols are to be revisited at the start of the year during ‘Step-Up September’ when the children will receive reminders about the expectations of practice and protocols in school. They will be established as part of our culture and behaviour expectations.


Posters to support good hand washing will be displayed in all relevant areas of the school.



3.Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach


During ‘Ste – Up September’, children will be reminded of the posters around school that encourage them to catch it, bin it, and kill it. Children will be reminded that if tissues are regularly disposed of throughout the day, they should be thrown into the lidded bins in each classroom using the foot-pedal to open the bin and their hands must be cleaned afterwards.


Where pupils struggle to maintain as good respiratory hygiene as their peers (spitting etc.) they will need and individual risk assessment to ensure measures can be put in place to reduce the risks. This is not a reason to deny these pupils face-to-face education.


4.Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detox and bleach/Milton.


At various intervals (as per the cleaning schedule), adults will disinfect and clean tables, door handles and equipment. Each class will have their own allotted set of cleaning equipment in a caddy. It will be stored appropriately within the classrooms.


Children should be allowed to go to the toilet as they would do in a normal school day, however staff need to be very aware of how many other children are also using the toilet and ensure that children wash their hands afterwards. Toilets to be cleaned regularly.


Each bubble will use their allocated toilets only.


If we are required to clean an area after a positive case of coronavirus has been identified, we must follow the guidelines:

( This includes ensuring that all tissues, PPE and cleaning materials are put in a separate bag that is stored securely for 72 hours before being disposed of.



5.Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.


The purpose of ‘bubbles’ is to minimise contacts and mixing between people, reducing the transmission of coronavirus. St James & St John Church of England school will do everything it can to maintain this whilst still delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. Within bubbles, children and adults must also take measures to distance themselves where possible.


Planned September transition was not possible. Children will need to return to their new Class teacher on the first school day in September. (See above table for details).



Grouping the Children


There has been recognition from the DfE that children cannot distance themselves from staff or from each other. Bubbles provide and additional protective measures and they make it quicker and easier to identify those who need to self-isolate as a result of a positive test result.


The DfE guidance reads as follows:


“In this guidance for the autumn term, maintaining consistent groups remains important, but given the decrease in the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resumption of the full range of curriculum subjects, schools may need to change the emphasis on bubbles within their system of controls and increase the size of these groups.”


In order for schools to offer a curriculum that is best-placed to support ‘catch-up’ our bubbles will need to be in phases i.e. year groups working as Reception, Years 1/2 (KS1), Year 3/4 (LKS2) and Years 5/6 (UKS2). The reasons for this are as follows:


  • All children will be able to be considered for catch-up interventions now that teaching support can work across phases. There would not be enough adults to support individual class bubbles.
  • We can deploy staff internally to cover PPA/management time within a phase bubble model. If we were in class bubbles, we would need to buy in a supply teacher (no guarantee of bubble integrity therefore a last resort) or continue with a half-day Fridays so that staff can be released accordingly. This would reduce contact time and further restrict the curriculum offer.
  • Staggered entry/exit times and break/lunch times can be managed more effectively in phase bubbles rather than having 14 individual start/finish times. This measure would reduce that to 4 start/finish times.


Within the government guidance, it recognises that younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group. This has implications for HNS Test and Trace should there be a need to contact parents of children as a result of a positive case. The guidance also advises that siblings may be in different groups and encourage schools to use measures as best they can as it will still reduce the network of transmission.


All teachers and staff can operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the curriculum, however now that we are in phase bubbles, the necessity for this is less likely to happen.


Measures within the classroom


Adults are encouraged to maintain social distance between one another whilst inside and reduce the amount of time that they are in face-to-face contact with one another. Where circumstances allow, adults must try to distance from children and one another.


Children with additional needs should receive as much support as normal but adults are to be extra vigilant and mindful of face-to-face time with the children and reduce this where possible.


Classrooms need to be adapted to support social distancing where possible. If tables are used they should face the front and children should sit side-by=-side, not facing one another nor side on. Classrooms will be prepared as such for September


Measures elsewhere


There will be no whole school events where children and adults are required to congregate. Assemblies will be limited to phase assemblies. Children will be required to distance during these assemblies rather than lining in tight rows. Where possible, efforts will be made to have virtual assemblies through Microsoft Team, using Oak Trust Academy. Children are not to sing during assemblies.


Use of the staff room should be minimal. The staff rooms will remain open to adults, however strict social distancing must be in place. It is important for staff wellbeing that they see their colleagues and this is to be encouraged.



Measures for arriving at and leaving school


The car park gates at both sites will be closed between 8.30am and 3.30pm, there will be no movement of vehicles in the car park during these times to ensure safety of children entering and leaving the premises using these routes.


The start and end time of school will vary for each phase bubble:


Akeley site:



Year 1

Year 2

Bubble Name

Reception Bubble

KS1 Bubble

Start time



Entry/Exit to school

Akeley car park gate

Akeley footpath gate

Finish time




Chackmore Site:


Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Bubble Name

LKS2 Bubble

UKS2 Bubble

Start time



Entry/Exit to sch

Chackmore car park gate

Chackmore pedestrian gate

Chackmore car park gate

Chackmore pedestrian gate

Finish time






Parents must not enter the school sites, they must wait at the allotted entry/exit points to the school at the beginning and end of the day. Adults from the appropriate ‘bubbles’ will open the entry point gate at the allotted time to allow children to enter the school premises. Parents must adhere to social distancing at all times outside the school premises. Teachers will not be available to speak to parents at these times due to ensuring the safety of the children as they enter/exit the school site. If parents wish to speak to their child’s teacher, they must do so by emailing into the school office and requesting either a phone call or a meeting.


The school office at both sites is not to be accessed by parents unless through prior arrangement via a telephone call or email. The offices will not be open to parents to drop-in to. The DfE guidance states that coming into the school sites without an appointment is not allowed.


Any homemade, non-disposable face coverings that staff or children, young people or other visitors are wearing when they arrive at the school setting must be removed by the wearer and placed into a plastic bag that the wearer has bought with them in order to take it home. Disposable face-coverings must be placed in a lidded bin. The wearer must then clean their hands.


Other considerations


Supply teachers, sports coaches, peripatetic teachers and/or other temporary staff can move between schools. Likewise, specialists, therapists, clinicians and other support staff for pupils with SEND should provide interventions as usual. However, they must be made aware of school procedures and they must adhere to them. A pamphlet of these will be provided alongside the normal safeguarding procedures.


Where contractors can attend outside of school hours they should. If that is not possible they should follow all procedures determined by school.


A record of all visitors must be kept to support NHS Test and Trace.


In terms of classroom resources, for regularly used stationary, children will have their own individual set that is not to be shared. Other classroom resources such as books and games can be used within the bubble but will be cleaned following use at the end of the day.


Shared resources, such as art/science equipment should be cleaned between use or rotated to allow 72 hours between use to ensure they are safe.


Games that encourage distancing and little touch will be made available to children. However, outdoor equipment should only be used on a rota basis the same group each week Monday – Thursday and not Friday thereby allowing 72 hours between its use. Each group will have its own box of play equipment kept in the classroom and only used by the allocated children.


Pupils should not bring anything additional from home. There can be no ‘show and tell’’. However, we will be sending books home more details will follow regarding the process. Any book returned to school will be taken out of circulation for 72 hours before being reused. Due to the books being out of circulation it is highly likely that they will not be changed as frequently as they have been in the past.


6.Where necessary wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

PPE should only be used for two reasons: where an individual is presenting with coronavirus symptoms and/or when a child is receiving relevant first aid support.

The PPE available in school for dealing with cleaning or potentially infected zones and supporting ill children or adults is as follows:


  • Face masks
  • Aprons
  • Gloves
  • Face shields


Children need to know that some adults might be wearing PPE and that it is ‘ok’.

Response to any infection

7.Engage with NHS Test and Trace.

Parents and staff will be informed that they are expected to engage in the NHS Test and Trace process if required to do so.


They will be required to book a test and provide details of anyone that they have been in close contact with. They will be obliged to follow the ‘stay at home’ regulations.


Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus can and should get a test following the flow chart response.


If school think that the family of the symptomatic child/adult is unlikely to book a test appropriately, we will provide a home testing kit. We should receive these before the start of the autumn term and they will be stored in the ‘isolation rooms’ at both sites. Given the potential low numbers of kits, they will only be issued with the agreement of GP, LD or WC.

Contact with the symptomatic family will be maintained so that we can respond appropriately to either a positive or a negative result.


If the test is negative, the child can return to school when they are well.


If the test is positive, the child and family will need to follow the ‘stay at home’ guidelines.

Response to any infection

8.Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.

School should contact the local health protection team:


Cases of COVID-19 should be reported to the PHE South East – Thames Valley Health protection Team using the online reporting system 03442253861 or email


School must provide the details of those children/adults that have been in direct close contact with the child/adult 9face-to-face contact for any length of time); proximity contacts (extended close contact – within 1m-2m for more than 15 minutes); travelling in a small vehicle with the infected person.


The admin team will prepare a report that shows the contact details of each member of the phase bubbles to support that contact tracers.


School will inform parents of the infection, according to the flow chart, but will not reveal the name of the infected child/adult.


If the symptomatic child’s test is positive they must inform school immediately and isolate for 7 days from the onset of the symptoms, the remainder of the household must self- isolate for 14 days.

Response to any infection

9.Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

Keep in contact with our local health protection team.


If school has 2 or more confirmed cases within a 14-day period, this should be considered an outbreak and greater measures would need to be put in place. The health protection team would advise throughout.


This could result in a phase bubble lockdown, a school closure or/and a mobile testing station being established in school.


Testing will focus on the affected classes, then their site (Akeley/Chackmore) and then the remainder of the school if required.


Section 2: School operations

Aspect of school



There is a distinction between dedicated school transport and wider public transport:


by dedicated school transport, we mean services that are used only to carry pupils to school. This includes statutory home to school transport, but may also include some existing or new commercial travel routes, where they carry school pupils only


by public transport services, we mean routes which are also used by the general public

Dedicated school transport


Pupils on dedicated school services do not mix with the general public on those journey and tend to be consistent. This means that the advice for passengers on public transport to adopt a social distance of two meters from people outside their household or support bubble, or a ‘one metre plus approach where this is not possible, will not apply from the autumn term on dedicated transport. Therefore, school trips using coaches can still occur as long as the children travel in their consistent bubbles.


If children are travelling via coach to a trip, for example, they are expected to adhere to the systems of control still i.e. good hand hygiene and distancing where possible.


School will only use travel companies who can share a policy that outlines their commitment to thoroughly cleaning coaches between use.


Wider public transport


Children should not attend trips or visits if they are required to use public transport to get there. This seems like an unnecessary risk for St James & St John Church of England School to instigate.



Now the circumstances have changed and it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.


School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.


Attendance expectations


School will communicate the necessity of attending school to parents and where required, we will, offer additional pastoral support.


School will re-establish attendance routines as before i.e. we will continue to record and monitor attendance as we did pre-covid and any absence will be followed up.


Where appropriate, we will engage with the local authority to pursue sanctions for families with non-attending pupils (in line with the local authority’s code of conduct)


Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating


 If rates of infection in the local area ride, then some parents who have children who were once shielding due to medical advice may wish to isolate their children again. St James & St John will support those parents through dialogue with the school nursing team so that appropriate advice can be offered and leeway afforded.

Where children can’t attend school as parents are following clinical and /or public health advice, absence will not be penalised.


Pupils and families who are anxious about return to School


If parents of pupils with significant risk factors are concerned, we will provide opportunity to discuss the safety at school procedures in place in an attempt to provide reassurance – this could be via a Teams/Zoom meeting.


These pupils are to be identified by school.

School Workforce

Staff who are clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable


St James & St John has planned to follow the full measures within the guidance, therefore most staff will return to the workplace as normal.


Those members of staff who received a letter to say they were extremely vulnerable and advising them to shield can also return to work as shielding comes to a close on 1st August. However, those adults will be encouraged to maintain social distancing measures as much as possible when in attendance.


People who live with those who are clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable can attend school as normal also.


St James & St John do not expect expectant mothers to return to the work place, they will be directed to continue to work from home until further advice is received from the DfE.


Deploying staff and accompanying visiting specialists


As per government guidance, teaching assistants may be deployed to lead groups to cover lessons under the direction and supervision of a qualified, or nominated teacher. This will become an important measure to reduce the necessity of bringing in agency staff and compromising the integrity of the bubbles, should there be a need to arrange cover for any reason.


Supply teachers and other temporary or peripatetic teachers


Supply teachers will be used as a last resort to cover a class, however if required they will need to maintain stringent distancing.


Likewise, Sport4All sports coaches will be permitted to teach various groups of children assuming that they are able to follow stringent distancing also. These will need to be consistent people, not changing week-to-week.


Staff taking leave


The government has set a requirement that people retuning from some countries will be required to quarantine for 14 days.


Where staff are required to quarantine after returning from holidays, they need to understand that any period of absence is not authorised given that they are knowingly becoming absent from work. No home-working role is available to those adults therefore staff would be determined as being absent without leave.



All existing pre- covid safeguarding measures will return as normal. Staff training will be given in light of the new Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2020 document.


School lunches

The expectation is that Universal Free School Meals be available from the Autumn Term. Whilst policy and practices continue to embed, we will only be providing packed lunches as a school meal option for at least the first half of the autumn term. This will be reviewed at half term.

Packed lunches provided by Buckingham School will take into account dietary requirements as they have previously done.


Those children bringing packed lunches from home need to bring their lunch in a plastic, easily wiped lunchbox with items that can independently be opened.


All children will need to bring a full water bottle to school daily as the water fountains have all been turned off.


Lunch and break times

Midday supervisors and Sport4All coaches will continue to support the supervision of lunchtimes but they will be allocated to phases bubbles that cannot mix.


Lunches at both sites will be in two sittings to ensure the phase bubbles do not mix. Areas/zones will be allocated to each phase bubble.


Timings of lunches will be staggered as will break times.


Akeley site lunchtime:


Reception: Lunch 12.00 – 12.30pm Play 12.30 – 1.00pm

KS1 bubble: Lunch 12.30 -1.00pm Play 12.00-12.30pm


Chackmore site lunchtime:


LKS2 bubble Lunch 12.15 -12.45pm Play 12.45-1.15pm

UKS2 bubble Lunch 12.45-1.15pm Play 12.15-12,45pm


Classroom will be cleaned during the lunchbreaks; tables surfaces door handles etc. will be wiped with detox or Milton.


Educational Visits

We are awaiting updated guidance regarding the Y6 overnight residential to Manor Adventure in the autumn term.


School trips are permitted to resume; however comprehensive risk assessments will be conducted prior to any trip taking place.


Wraparound care

Wrap around care is permitted to commence. In order to maintain the integrity of the bubbles it will take place on both the Akeley site and the Chackmore site.


All bookings need to be through Sport4All online booking system.



Section 3: Curriculum, behaviour and pastoral support

Aspects of school


Curriculum expectations


The key principles that underpin government advice on curriculum planning are:


Education is not optional: all pupils receive a high quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


The curriculum remains broad and ambitious; all pupils continue to be taught a wide range of subjects, maintaining their choices for further study and employment.


Remote education, where needed, is high quality and aligned as closely with in-school provision; schools and other settings continue to build their capacity to educate pupils remotely, where this is needed.




St James & St John C of E School will not have a ‘recovery curriculum’. We will instead apply our curriculum model in its fullest and identify gaps in core learning that need to ne negated over a period of time, with additional intervention for those year groups that have less time to ‘catch up’. However, we will have a period of adjustment in September that we will brand as ‘Step-Up September’.


During this period, children will be reminded of all of their hard work during the previous year and we will ‘reset’ the expectations so that children know what we are expecting of them on their return to school i.e. great learning behaviours. There will be a high focus on mental health and wellbeing and PSHE to ensure that children are well supported as they return to school.


We will return to the normal teaching of all subjects in the autumn term.


Ongoing assessment will be used to enable teachers to identify gaps in children’s learning in order that they can tailor their learning journey appropriately.

Remote education will continue to be developed using the government funding scheme to set up Microsoft Teams. Oak National Academy lessons will be used periodically throughout the curriculum so that children are comfortable with the content in readiness to reverting to that way of working should local lockdowns be imposed.


The Relationship and sex Education element of our curriculum will be planned and consulted on with parents shortly after the summer holiday. There is now leeway to defer the implementation of that curriculum content until summer term 2021.




Specific points for early years foundation stage (EYFS) to key stage 3

For children in nursery settings, teachers should focus on the prime areas of learning, including: communication and language, personal, social and emotional development (PSED) and physical development. For pupils in Reception, teachers should also assess and address gaps in language, early reading and mathematics, particularly ensuring children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and extending their knowledge and vocabulary.  Setting should follow updates to the EYFS disapplication guidance. For nursery settings and Reception, consider how all groups of children can be given equal opportunities for outdoor learning.


For pupils in in key stages 1 and 2, school leaders are expected to prioritise identifying gaps and re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum so they read widely and developing their knowledge and vocabulary. The curriculum should remain broad, so that the majority of pupils are taught a full range of subjects over the year, including sciences, humanities, the arts, physical education/sport, religious education and relationships and health education.



Given that there could be an additional risk of infection in environments where children and adults are signing, chanting, playing wind and brass instruments or shouting, singing should not happen in groups of more than 15 and when it does take place, children need to be side-by-side and not facing one another. This has implications for our music curriculum and adjustments will need to be made.

Physical activity in schools


PE lessons are still to take place. Where possible, they are to take place outside as transmission of the disease is reduced in the outdoors.


The systems of controls will still need to be applied during these sessions. Pupils will need to be in consistent groups and sports equipment will be cleaned thoroughly between each use by different groups. Hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene are paramount due to the nature of exercising and the way people breathe as a result. Hands must be washed thoroughly after completing a PE session.


Contact sports are to be avoided.


External coaches (Sport4all) can still be used to deliver PE sessions as long as they follow the protective measures.


Children will change for PE and PE kits will be sent home at the end of every week for them to be washed and cleaned.


Pastoral support

The school well-being team will ensure that appropriate materials are on hand to support children’s wellbeing. PSHE sessions will need to provide children with the opportunity to rebuild friendships and social engagement and address issues linked to coronavirus.


Where issues arise, GP to be informed so that specific interventions can take place.

Behaviour expectations

The current approved behaviour policy coronavirus amendment will apply.


All parents, children and staff to read and sign COVID-19 home school agreement.


During ‘Step –Up’ September, expectations of behaviour will be revisited and the school’s values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Hope, Perseverance, Honesty and Respect will be widely discussed so that the ethos of the school does not change. The climate and culture needs to remain one of high expectations and respect for one another.


Section 4: Assessment and accountability

Aspect of school


Primary Assessment


All statutory assessments will take place in the academic year 20/21 in accordance with the usual timetables. The tests are as follows:


  • the phonics screening test
  • key stage 1 tests and teacher assessments
  • the year 4 multiplication check
  • key stage 2 tests and teacher assessment
  • statutory trialling


St James & St John will prepare for these tests in the same manner as has been done in previous years.


Section 5: Contingency planning for outbreaks

Aspect of school


A local outbreak

If school is made aware of a local outbreak, the PHE health protection team or local authority may advise school to close. Preparations will be made by way of a contingency plan so that learning can still continue and the community can remain safe.


Remote education support


St James & St John C of E School needs to be in a position to offer immediate remote education if there was a local outbreak and subsequent lockdown.


Our immediate response will be the following:


  • Children are to take home their individual stationary packs and a two exercise books, one squared and one lined
  • Adults will share some lessons via Microsoft Teams as well as Oak National Academy lessons and White Rose Maths that are tailored to every objective in the primary curriculum
  • Teachers will then be able to meet with children that require additional support through Microsoft Teams online.
  • Children will be able to take photos of their learning so that teachers can monitor progress and offer supportive feedback if appropriate.


Chosen learning activities will follow our curriculum sequencing and will be of high quality. All teacher will use this consistency to support online learning. More detail on Oak National  Academy can found here


Where children can’t access the internet, children will receive home-learning packs (paper-based) to complete. However, efforts will be made to ensure vulnerable/disadvantaged families are not further disadvantaged by their lack of technology in the household. The existing devices will be re-distributed to those eligible families.


The principles for delivery will be as follows:


  • Children will receive learning opportunities for a range of subjects each day
  • Learning will be sequenced as per our current curriculum model
  • High quality explanations will be made by the teacher using video links from school or through curriculum resources such as Oak National
  • Work will be checked through uploads to Microsoft Team
  • Teachers will be available via Microsoft Teams so that they can further tailor the learning as a result of feedback. Often this will be done after the Oak National Academy work has been completed.
  • Lessons will be the equivalent length of a normal school day.



Points for parents:

  • Familiarise yourself with your child’s start date in September.
  • Ensure you are aware of the time and location for your child to be dropped off and collected.
  • Parents are not to enter the school sites without a pre-arranged appointment.
  • All children need to bring a full water bottle to school daily.
  • Lunch boxes either need to be disposable or plastic so they can be easily wiped down.
  • All Universal Free School Meals will be packed lunches – have you ordered if required.
  • PE kits to go home at the end of every week to be washed and cleaned.
  • Reading books will be sent home but will not be changed daily.
  • Ensure that you have read and signed the COVID -19 home school agreement and returned it to school.
  • Understand the requirements of engaging with the HNS Test and Trace system.
  • Children to wear normal school uniform
  • Familiarise yourself with changes and procedure for wrap around care.

I appreciate this is a very long document but it is important that all members of the school community understand the rationale behind the steps we have put in place for the full re opening of our school in September. If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office email.

Kind regards,

Gill Pedder