Dear Ranvilles Families,
I hope this letter finds you safe and well as we find ourselves at the start of yet another week where so many of our pupils are remote learning at home. The Department for Education gave guidance to all schools regards what should be offered to support pupils learning at home; this was shared with you via ClassDojo (and it is also on the school website for your reference too). This guidance is there to support you as a family and describes how the school can work in partnership with you.
We really do appreciate that supporting your child to learn at home, while many of you are also working, is very challenging. It is also difficult if you have children in different year groups and you are naturally also having to share ‘workspace’ at home. With this in mind, we would like to assure you that you are doing a great job and no one size fits all.
If learning was a balanced meal, you would give your child what they need in order to thrive. You think about the portion size and sometimes this is just right, or not enough or indeed too much. Sometimes your child will want to skip the main healthy meal and eat their pudding first. Sometimes they will eat quickly and sometimes they will take what seems to be forever to finish. Learning can be just like this.
However, when your child is in school, they sit next to lots of their friends who energise and enthuse. They are caught up in a timetable that has the power of the sea in moving things along and they have adults who have trained for many years teaching, supporting, cajoling, challenging and passing the baton to other trained colleagues when needed. The team in school, which thrives with so many members, focuses learning in classrooms where there are carefully crafted interactions between friends and where there are also planned lulls, as learners work quietly together with the support and knowledge of completing the same task.
Teachers train for many years to plan for such quality and interactions. Indeed, once qualified they continue to learn in a cycle of planned continuous professional development. They take nothing for granted and typically have open-minds, learning with every new challenge and they sometimes get it wrong before they get it right. This is their chosen profession, something they commit to, want to master and enjoy and it is very, very different from supporting your own child to learn at home.
So…what really matters, at this time, is that your child remains safe and happy at home and feels supported. Young people are truly amazing as they can be resilient and adapt and when this passes and we are together again, we will get back to doing what we do best. Until then we can only do the best we can, treat the guidance as guidance, feed from the right size plate at the right time, feel welcome to ask for support when we need it and be kind to ourselves.
Thank you for all that you are doing to support your child to learn at home. Please know that we appreciate the challenges and are always happy to help if we can. There is no right and wrong to this, just what works best.
Take care and keep safe.
With Very Best Wishes
Angela Williams, Headteacher