On 18 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced school closures as part of the government’s strategy to control the spread of the Coronavirus across England. In response, Olive Academies staff from across our network pulled together, worked fast and developed new support plans for all our students and their families. These plans were rolled out across our academies today (Monday 23 March 2020).
Using Olive Academies’ expertise and by pooling resources from across our network of academies, we are continuing to support all the children and young people we work with.
All our academies are staying open to our vulnerable students (including the children of key workers) and our academies will remain open during the Easter break.
We are committed to supporting every one of our students, even if they are unable to attend their academy.
Students have been offered new timetables and learning plans. The focus of our student offer has been on safeguarding and boosting our students’ mental and physical wellbeing. This offer includes:
- A new daily timetable for our vulnerable students: Activities on offer to our students in our academies include food technology, creative arts, PE and sports/ fitness, design technology (e.g. woodwork), science, maths and literacy games – a range of activities with a focus on wellbeing and keeping our students active. Lunch is provided to all students and at our academy in Thurrock students are also making hot meals to take home with them to their families.
- For those of our students who are having to continue their studies at home, they are receiving support via our online learning platform (Century Learning). For those children who have limited computer access at home, we have provided or delivered personalised home learning packs, full of resources and learning activities.
- For those of our students who are eligible for free school meals, we are continuing to offer free take-away lunches or food vouchers which can be used in their local supermarket. We are also looking into ways to deliver lunches to those students unable to leave their homes at the moment.
- Our academy teams have reviewed the safeguarding arrangements for every Olive Academies student – any child who is not able to attend their academy is receiving a daily phone call (Monday to Friday) from a member of their academy staff. Many of our students are also receiving daily doorstep visits at their home from our academy staff. Academy attendance records are being kept in line with the latest guidance issued by the Department for Education on 22 March 2020.
- Our academies are aiming to continue to offer a counselling service to students, supporting those who may be feeling anxious or in need of extra support.
- We are also continuing to provide all our students and their families with a list of emergency contacts and local support available to them (e.g. Local foodbanks, mental health and wellbeing support, Citizens Advice etc.)
It is thanks to the compassion and resilience of our Olive Academies’ staff that we are able to continue delivering this level of support to our students. Thank you for all the kind, encouraging and thoughtful messages our academy staff have received over the last few days from parents/ carers, members of our local communities and from our partners across the country. Your support is hugely appreciated and important to all our staff.
We are updating each of our academy websites regularly with the latest advice from Public Health England and Department for Education.
If you need to contact a member of Olive Academies’ staff please call our office on 01708 982624. We are also actively monitoring our main email account firstname.lastname@example.org