Return to School Plan

Getting September Ready

Looking forward to see you soon

We are very much looking forward to see all our students back over the next few weeks.

On this webpage you will have the opportunity to read the return to school plan in full and will also have the opportunity to access the various sections via the pink tabs below.  This should hopefully make it easier to find the relevant sections of the plans and answer any questions you may have.

In light of recent government changes to the guidance that has been issued to schools and parental feedback we received from the consultation period we have updated the return to school plan:

Below is a summary of the updates we have made:

  • Face coverings
  • Updated guidance on protocols for PE sessions
  • Updated guidance on how we will teach Music, Drama and Technology
  • Transport arrangements – (we have asked TfGM for extra 524 public buses to be put on at the end of the school day with the support of the LA.  We are still awaiting a response.  We are still awaiting a bus route timetable for the school bus.  We will share this with you ASAP.)
  • Expectations in classrooms – Students will now wipe down their desk at the end of each session.  Wipes will be provided.
  • Remote Learning during the induction period – click on the remote learning page for full guidance

All the updates can be found via the Pink tabs at the bottom of this page. 

FAQs

Thank you to all those parents and carers that responded to the draft Return to school plan. Your feedback has been invaluable. I would also like to thank parents for their ideas , some of which are now included as part of the plans.

The return to school plan, which you can find below, is the plan we will be proceeding with. The plan has been approved by the Trust board and union representatives. Our phased approach is there to help mitigate against some of the unknown scenarios we may face. In the current circumstances we may need to adjust plans to allow us to respond to further direction from local Public Health teams and central government. We will keep parents updated at all times regarding this.

Can I thank parents and carers once more for their contributions to the plan. There have been some excellent points raised and many creative ideas shared.

The section below aims to answer some of the commonly asked questions by parents and carers.


Can my child wear a face mask in school?

Yes.  Government guidance on face coverings has changed recently.  In conjunction with local health protection teams, taking into account current infection rates in Bolton it will be necessary for all students and staff to wear a face covering when they are on corridors or in the canteen and/or conservatory.  These are areas that are communal and students will potentially pass other students outside of their Year group bubble.  While the guidance states that this is still relatively low risk we are taking the advice of medical professionals who have clearly stated that wearing a face covering in these areas will help reduce the spread of the virus.  Students will be allowed to remove their face covering while they eat but must put their face covering back on once they have finished eating.

We would strongly recommend that parents and carers purchase a washable face covering as opposed to a disposable face covering.  The school will provide face coverings for students who do not bring one but these will be disposable.  Disposable face masks are not meant for long term use and therefore will need to be disposed of at some point.

Students do not need to wear a face covering in lessons or when they are outside. 

If students want to wear a face covering in these areas we will not challenge this.  We will take a common sense approach and work with our young people and families to ensure they feel safe and comfortable.  However, if face coverings are used inappropriately or pose a health and safety concern in these areas students will be asked to remove them.


Will my child know their timetable before they start in September?

Yes. We will be sharing student timetables with parents and carers before students return to school via our Parent Portal.  There will be video guidance to support this.

Please visit our Remote Learning webpage to see video guidance on how to interpret the timetable and how these will be used should we go into a Local Lockdown scenario.


What time will the school buses arrive and depart?

The normal school bus service will be operational.  We have negotiated with the bus companies but due to their capacity it will not be possible to put on extra buses to school.  We are still talking to the bus company to ascertain the number of children they will allow on the bus and we will confirm this as soon as we have a response.  

What we do know is that students will need to wear a face mask on the bus as legally it is still classified as a ‘public bus.’  As students from different cohorts and year group bubbles will be mixing on the bus we will need to confirm the distancing arrangements the bus company is putting in place.  We are still awaiting this guidance and will communicate this with parents and carers once it has been confirmed.

We would still advise if students can walk or cycle to school that they do this until restrictions are eased further.

The school bus will arrive at 8.40am and will depart at 3.20pm.  We will publish an updated timetable for each bus stop once it has been confirmed.

Students in Year 7 -10 who catch the school bus will wait on the bus at the end of the day supervised by a member of the leadership team until 3.20pm.


What provision will be in place for those students who arrive early to school?

We would advise parents and carers to time the journey to school carefully.  While we can accommodate those students who arrive early we cannot accommodate large volumes of students arriving too early before their year group arrival timeparticularly if it is raining.

Students arriving 5 mins before their arrival time will not pose a problem and these students will be able to make their way straight to the back of school and begin to line up in their yellow zones.  Staff will be on duty at the front of school from 7.30am.  The number of staff on duty in the canteen and at the front of school will increase from 8am.

Those students who are travelling to school on the school bus who are in Year 7-10 will have to wait at the front of school or in the canteen/conservatory until their Year group is called to the back yard.

Students who arrive early will have the opportunity to sit in the canteen or conservatory where a hot breakfast will be served from 8am.  This will be prioritised for those students in Year 7 and 8.  Students will be given an allocated seat which they must not move from until instructed to do so from a member of staff.  As cohorts and year groups may mix in the canteen we will be maintaining social distancing in the canteen and conservatory. There will be a capacity limit in the canteen and conservatory.   Staff will maintain a ‘flow of traffic’ in the canteen and conservatory to ensure students remain outside as much as possible.

We will try to keep students outside as much as possible if they do arrive early.


 Can parents still use parent pay?

Yes.  Parents can still use the features of parent pay.  This will not change.


What equipment can students bring into school?

Students can now follow our normal expectations on bringing equipment into school.  Students will need to bring:

A Bag
A Reading Book
A Pencil Case with a pen, pencil, ruler (minimum)
Their Planner (will be issued to them when they arrive to school)

We must emphasise that the sharing of equipment between students will not be allowed.  Therefore, it is essential that students take care of their belongings and ensure they always have the right equipment.

Equipment checks will take place every morning in EDGE time or at the start of session 1.


Will my child know their timetable before they start in September?

We are hoping to share all student timetables with parents and carers before students return to school via our Parent Portal.  This is a complicated logistical process which we cannot guarantee at this stage but we are working hard to do this so students and parents/carers are clear on their timetables before we arrive back in school.  Part of the student induction programme will be to share timetables with each student as well as the Remote Learning Contingency Plan should we ever have to go into a local or national lockdown.


How many children will be in each class?

We will be running a normal timetable which will cover the full curriculum for students.  It is impossible to reduce class sizes under the current government guidelines without having more teachers and more rooms in the school.  We simply cannot recruit more teachers or expand the school.  Therefore, class sizes will be their normal size.  Every class will be organised in rows so students are facing the front and there will be a strict seating plan in place.  Movement in classrooms will be kept to a minimum and students will only ever be in classrooms within the same Year group bubble.


What will remote learning look like should we have to go into lockdown again?

Should we ever go into a partial lock down or full lockdown students will simply follow their timetabled sessions.  Sessions will be delivered live at the same time students would normally attend their session.  We would remain on the 3 session per day timetable and it is likely we will remain on this timetable for the vast majority of the year until government guidance changes significantly.  We will be sharing more details on this when we return in September.


Do I need to wash uniform more frequently?

No. Following the latest government guidance:

Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.

We will expect full school uniform in September in line with our school uniform policy.  Please see the uniform section of the Return to school plan for more details on this.

Return to School Plan

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  • Attendance

    We wanted to be clear that in line with the government guidance ALL students must attend school in September in line with the school’s re-opening plans. 

    Attendance legislation will return to the pre-COVID regulations from the start of the Autumn term.  The government has made it clear that education is not an option and attendance at school will be mandatory from September.  This means the usual rules on attendance apply, including:

     

    • Parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age
    • Schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
    • The availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

     

    What if my child is shielding or self isolating?

    We will follow the government guidance which states:

    We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to return to school. You should note however that:

    • a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Read the current advice on shielding
    • if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
    • some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 – ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people.

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

    If you are concerned about your child returning to school because of the reasons stated above then we will be happy to discuss this with you prior to returning to school.  Please contact us on info@little-lever.bolton.sch.uk  or  01204 333300

    Reporting Your Child Absent during the Covid-19 Period.

    It is important that you inform the school if your child is going to be absent, for whatever reason, as soon as possible i.e. by 8.30am.

    You may do this in the following ways:

    1. By telephoning the school office 01204 333300
    2. By sending a text message 07592 328139
    3. By sending an email to Attendance-Staff@little-lever.bolton.sch.uk

     

    Please ensure that you state clearly one of the following reasons for absence:

    1. Ill with CONFIRMED Covid-19
    2. Self-Isolating with Covid symptoms (7 days)
    3. Self-Isolating due to household/contact having Covid or symptoms of Covid (14 days)
    4. Shielding
    5. Ill – for any other reason other than COVID-19

     

    It remains the responsibility of the parent/carer to inform the school of student absence.

    If a student is expected to be in school, and no notification of absence has been received, the Attendance and Welfare Leader will endeavour to contact parents/carers by telephone.

    If a pupil who is subject to a Child Protection Order is absent without satisfactory explanation the Early Intervention Team will be contacted before 10.00am and asked to undertake a home visit.

    Where there is a safeguarding concern relating to a student’s absence, and the student is not subject to a Child Protection Order, the schools Designated Safeguarding Lead will be informed and a home visit may be undertaken as a matter of urgency.  The purpose of this visit is to establish the safety and well-being of the student.

  • Inducting students back into school

    Given the amount of time students have been away from school we will operate a phased and extended return to school from September as opposed to having all students back in school on the first day.

     

    The rationale behind this is:

    • To ensure staff have an extended induction process to address the training necessary to operate new systems and procedures.
    • To ensure new Year 7 students are the first students to be welcomed to Little Lever and have a face to face induction programme (new Year 7 did not have a transition day in the summer term)
    • To ensure each year group has a full day to be inducted back into the school with no other year groups in the building. This allows us to give undivided care and attention to the students in that particular Year group.  It allows us to support or organise support for students quickly and effectively and allows us to deliver a more robust induction programme.
    • To ensure students have the opportunity to deliberately practice the new routines and procedures we will be implementing with some other year groups (but not all) in the school. This means students have a period of time to adapt to these new systems whilst building up to having all students in the building.
    • We know many students have been through a time in history that none of us have experienced and we do not know how people will react to coming back to school. A phased and extended induction programme allows us to react quickly and support students when they may need it as well as training them to get used to new systems and procedures.
    • To give us time to respond to any further changes in government or local policy
    • To build confidence with students, parents and carers about returning to school.

     

    The plan below outlines how we would propose to do this over the first 3 weeks of the Autumn term.

    Week beginning Monday 7th September:

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    IN SCHOOL

    STAFF INSET

    YEAR 7 INDUCTION (WED, THU, FRI)

    REMOTE

    YEAR 8, 9, 10, 11 (ALL WEEK)

     

    Week beginning 14th September:

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    IN SCHOOL

    Year 11    Welcome / Our Expectations and Wellbeing Support

    Year 10 Welcome /Our Expectations and Wellbeing support

    YEAR 11 /10 / 7 Deliberate Practice on Routines/Normal Lessons/Wellbeing and integration back to school

    REMOTE

    Y10, 9, 8, 7

    Y11, 9, 8, 7

    Y 8 and 9

     

    Week beginning 21st September:

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    IN SCHOOL

    Year 9  Welcome / Our Expectations and Wellbeing Support

    Year 8  Welcome /Our Expectations and Wellbeing support

    YEAR 11 / 9 / 8 Deliberate Practice on Routines/Normal Lessons/Wellbeing and integration back to school

    REMOTE

    Y11, 10, 8, 7

    Y11, 10, 9, 7

    Y10 and 7

     

    Week beginning 28th September:

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

    IN SCHOOL

    ALL STUDENTS IN SCHOOL

    REMOTE

    NONE

    The phased and extended induction process above allows each year group to have a dedicated day in school with no other year group.  This will be used to welcome students back to school, to clarify our existing and new expectations, to walk through any changes we have made to routines and to be on hand to provide on the spot mental health and wellbeing support to any student who may need this.

    We have also built in time for students following their welcome into school to deliberately practice the existing and new routines with two other year groups in the school.  We hope this will allow students to gradually become more confident following our routines and procedures when more students are in the building.

    Remote learning through the induction period:

    When students are not in school the expectation is that remote learning would continue but we will be introducing more opportunities for ‘live lessons’ and ‘live feedback’ particularly for students in Year 8 and 9 in the first two weeks. Teachers will set remote learning for the limited time that students will be at home in the same way as we are doing currently. i.e. students will have a set amount of remote work to complete in each subject before 5pm each Sunday.  If students are in school and working remotely in the same week then remote learning will supplement the lessons they will be attending in school.

  • The New School Day

    Aims of the new school day:

    • To reduce the movement of students within the school
    • To keep students within 3 distinct cohorts and within these cohorts keep students in Year group bubbles as much as possible
    • To allow staggered arrival and departure times for each cohort and separate entrances for each Year group bubble
    • To allow students to access the full curriculum
    • Ensure the curriculum is robust and prepares students in KS4 adequately for the rigours of GCSE 2021, particularly Y11
    • To provide students with a school day that is as close to ‘normal’ as possible
    • To ensure we can quickly and seamlessly move back to our original timetable when government guidance allows us to and so it has no detrimental impact on students’ learning.

    The new school day will have three 100 minute lessons each day. 

    8.45-9.10am

    9.10-10.50am 10.50-11.15am 11.15-12.50pm 12.50-1.20pm 1.20-3.05pm
    EDGE Session 1 BREAK Session 2 LUNCH

    Session 3

    The school will be split into 3 cohorts.  Within each cohort there will be Year group bubbles.  We will split the arrival and departure times, break times and lunch times for each cohort to reduce the potential mixing of students outside of their cohort and where possible outside of their Year group bubble.  This means students in each cohort will have different arrival/departure times, breaks and lunch times to each other.  Year group bubbles may share the same lunch time but this will be staggered and each Year group bubble will have a designated area which they much stay in to reduce the mixing of Year group bubbles as much as possible.  Students from different Year group bubbles may pass each other on the way to their lunch/break/lesson or their designated area but in line with the government guidance this brief passing on a corridor poses a very low risk.

  • What will the day look like for each Year Group bubble?

    The table above shows how the school day will work when all 5 year groups are in the building.  We have staggered the start times of each cohort and the departure times at the end of the day.

    To ensure we reduce the mixing of students between Year group bubbles and cohort bubbles we will implement Transition BREAKS.  These breaks are not a social time break and will only apply to Years 7 and 8.  Year 7 and 8 Students will be escorted from their session to the tennis courts on the back yard where they will line up in their classes for their next session in their Yellow box which will be clearly marked for Year 7 and 8 students.  Signage will be available to clearly show students where to stand.  They will be supervised by SLT and the DEEP support team.

    Students will wait on the back yard until Year 9 and 10 students are in their lessons and Year 11 have made their way to the canteen for their Break.  At this point students will be escorted to their session by their class teacher.  This process should take between 5 and 10 minutes.  This will also ‘break up the morning sessions’ for Year 7 and 8 students.

    While transition breaks are not a social time break it will give students a comfort break and some fresh air before their next session.  While 100 minute sessions are common place for Year 9, 10 and 11 students we understand Year 7 and 8 students may take some time to adjust to this hence the reason for introducing Transition breaks for them.

  • What will the timetable look like for students?

    Example:

    A Year 11 student will study English, maths, science, PE, Option A, Option B, Option C, Boost (extra 3 lessons in English, maths or Science, which will be used for catch up in the Autumn term… this is only for Year 11)

    This would be an example of a normal weekly timetable with 6 lessons per day.

    This student’s timetable would translate to the following two weekly timetable with three 100 minute lessons per day:

    Week 1 sessions would be Lesson 1, 3 and 5 from students’ normal timetable (PEACH)

    Week 2 sessions would be lesson 2, 4 and 6 from students’ normal timetable (BLUE)

    This avoids students having 200mins of any one subject on a single day which would be too much and allows us to revert back to the ‘normal’  6 lesson day timetable quickly when the conditions are right to do this.

  • How will we ensure students receive the same curriculum time in each subject?

    Students normal timetable of six 50 minute lessons per day is being halved to just 3 lessons per day.  However, these lessons are now 100 minutes to reduce movement around the school.  In order that we can still deliver a broad and balanced curriculum it will take us 2 weeks to deliver the full curriculum but students will still receive the same amount of time in each subject as they would if they studied 6 lessons a day over 1 week.

    Example: Year 7 and 8

    Example: Y9 and 10

    You can see from the example above that students will receive the same amount of curriculum time over a two week period on the new school day timetable model as they would have received on the ‘normal’ timetable model.  The advantage of the new timetable model is we drastically reduce the movement around the school.  Students will have a two week timetable which will show them the subjects they will study each day in Week 1 (and every odd week thereafter) and the subjects they would study in Week 2 (and every even week thereafter).

  • Year 7 arrival and departure from school / transition to sessions

    Arrival and Transition:

    Arrival procedures will be slightly different for each cohort and each Year group bubble within that cohort.

    Due to the staggered start we would advise that students, parents and carers time their journey to school carefully.   Students that arrive before the arrival time for their Year group bubble will be able to enter the school grounds from the ‘normal student entrances’ but they will have to wait outside. The canteen will be open from 8am and will be serving breakfast from this time.  There will be a maximum number of students allowed in the canteen at any one time.  Students will be allocated a seat when they enter the canteen and will not be allowed to move places once they have collected their breakfast and sat down in the canteen.

    Parents and carers will not be allowed on the school site in the mornings, during the day or after school.  Parents and carers that wish to see a member of staff must make an appointment and we will ascertain the best forum in which to communicate with you.  This may be a video call or a phone call initially.  Face to face meetings will be kept to a minimum in line with the government guidance.  We will be publishing more details on how to make an appointment before September.

    Year 7  – 9am start:  Students will enter the building at the back of school near the astroturf.

    Students will line up on the back yard in the designated areas for their EDGE group (form group).  Their EDGE tutor will be there to greet them and this will be clearly labelled for students.

    Protocols for arrival:

    • Parents will be able to drop off students in the drop off zone of the car park. Parents will not be allowed to leave their car.  Students dropped off here will be able to walk through the front of school via Student reception to the back yard.  If students arrive early they will have to wait in the canteen or the front of school/back of school until the arrival time for their year group.
    • Students that walk to school will go straight to the back yard along the road via Bowness primary school and enter the back yard near the astroturf pitch.
    • Students will line up in their EDGE tutor groups
    • Edge tutors will be there to greet students as they arrive and instruct them to line up
    • Edge groups will then be escorted in to the school one class at a time.
    • The teacher will escort students to their classroom
    • SLT will then signal for the next class to enter the building and the process will be repeated until all classes have safely entered the building.
    • Any students arriving late will need to enter the school via Student reception in the normal way.

     

     

    Transition:

    • 9.08am Transition to Session 1Students will be escorted to the back yard at 9.08am by their EDGE tutor. They will line up in their classes for Session 1.  SLT will supervise students until their Session 1 teacher comes to meet them and escort them to Session 1
    • 10.45am Transition to Session 2 – Students will be escorted to the back yard at 10.45am by their Session 1 teacher. They will line up in their classes for Session 2 in their designated area (Tennis Courts).  SLT will supervise students until their session 2 teacher comes to meet them and escort them to Session 2
    • 11.45am Transition to BREAK – Students will be escorted to the canteen at 11.45am by their teacher. Those students that want refreshments can purchase them from the canteen at this point.  Once they have done this students will make their way to the Tennis courts on the back yard which will be the Year 7 designated area for BREAK and LUNCH times
    • 12.00pm Transition back to Session 2 – Students will line up in their Session 2 classes on the Tennis courts. Their Session 2 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 12.50pm Transition to Session 3 – Students will make their way independently to Session 3
    • 1.45pm Transition to LUNCH – Students will be escorted to lunch by their Session 3 teacher at 1.40pm. Teachers will eat lunch with the students.  Once students have eaten their lunch they will make their way to their designated LUNCH time area on the Tennis Courts
    • 2.15pm Transition back to Session 3Students will line up in their Session 3 classes on the Tennis courts. Their Session 3 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 2.55pm DEPART – Students will leave the building via the nearest exit to the front of school. Session 3 teachers will escort students off site.  Students must make their way off site as quickly as possible and must maintain social distancing on the way home.
    • On Wednesdays Year 7 students will leave at approximately 2.20pm around the back of school as they will be on their lunch. This will be staggered with Year 8.

     

     

    Departure:

    • Each cohort will leave following the nearest exit to the front of school.
    • Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at the allocated time for their year group.
    • Students will not be allowed to wait for friends on the school site. They must leave the school site as quickly as they can and begin to make their way home or find their allocated seat on the school bus or make their way to their C3 detention if they have one.
    • The teacher will be the last person out of the classroom and will also escort students out of the building.
    • Every student will wash their hands with the hand sanitisers when leaving the classroom. Students will maintain government distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.
  • Year 8 arrival and departure from school / transition to sessions

    Arrival and Transition:

    Arrival procedures will be slightly different for each cohort and each Year group bubble within that cohort.

    Due to the staggered start we would advise that students, parents and carers time their journey to school carefully.   Students that arrive before the arrival time for their Year group bubble will be able to enter the school grounds from the ‘normal student entrances’ but they will have to wait outside. The canteen will be open from 8am and will be serving breakfast from this time.  There will be a maximum number of students allowed in the canteen at any one time.  Students will be allocated a seat when they enter the canteen and will not be allowed to move places once they have collected their breakfast and sat down in the canteen.

    Parents and carers will not be allowed on the school site in the mornings, during the day or after school.  Parents and carers that wish to see a member of staff must make an appointment and we will ascertain the best forum in which to communicate with you.  This may be a video call or a phone call initially.  Face to face meetings will be kept to a minimum in line with the government guidance.  We will be publishing more details on how to make an appointment before September.

    Year 8 – 9am start:  Students will enter the building at the back of school near the astroturf.

    Students will line up on the back yard in the designated areas for their EDGE group (form group).  Their EDGE tutor will be there to greet them and this will be clearly labelled for students.

    Protocols for arrival:

    • Parents will be able to drop off students in the drop off zone of the car park. Parents will not be allowed to leave their car.  Students dropped off here will be able to walk through the front of school via Student reception to the back yard.  If students arrive early they will have to wait in the canteen or the front of school/back of school until the arrival time for their year group.
    • Students that walk to school will go straight to the back yard along the road via Bowness primary school and enter the back yard near the astroturf pitch.
    • Students will line up in their EDGE tutor groups
    • Edge tutors will be there to greet students as they arrive and instruct them to line up
    • Edge groups will then be escorted in to the school one class at a time.
    • The teacher will escort students to their classroom
    • SLT will then signal for the next class to enter the building and the process will be repeated until all classes have safely entered the building.
    • Any students arriving late will need to enter the school via Student reception in the normal way.

     

    Transition:

    • 9.08am Transition to Session 1Students will be escorted to the back yard at 9.08am by their EDGE tutor. They will line up in their classes for Session 1.  SLT will supervise students until their Session 1 teacher comes to meet them and escort them to Session 1
    • 10.45am Transition to Session 2 – Students will be escorted to the back yard at 10.45am by their Session 1 teacher. They will line up in their classes for Session 2 in their designated area (Tennis Courts).  SLT will supervise students until their session 2 teacher comes to meet them and escort them to Session 2
    • 11.45am Transition to BREAK – Students will be escorted to the canteen at 11.45am by their teacher. Those students that want refreshments can purchase them from the canteen at this point.  Once they have done this students will make their way to the Tennis courts on the back yard which will be the Year 7 designated area for BREAK and LUNCH times
    • 12.00pm Transition back to Session 2 – Students will line up in their Session 2 classes on the Tennis courts. Their Session 2 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 12.50pm Transition to Session 3 – Students will make their way independently to Session 3
    • 1.45pm Transition to LUNCH – Students will be escorted to their designated area on the back yard by their Session 3 teacher at 1.45pm. Students will have the ability to buy lunch from the outdoor Pod at this point.  Those Year 8 students wishing to eat their lunch in the canteen will line up following social distancing on the back yard.  When Year 7 have left the canteen Year 8 students will be able to go to the canteen for their lunch.  Teachers will eat lunch with the students.  Once students have eaten their lunch they will make their way to back to their designated LUNCH time area on the back yard.
    • 2.15pm Transition back to Session 3Students will line up in their Session 3 classes on the Tennis courts. Their Session 3 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 3.00pm DEPART – Students will leave the building via the nearest exit to the front of school. Session 3 teachers will escort students off site.  Students must make their way off site as quickly as possible and must maintain social distancing on the way home.
    • On Wednesdays Year 8 students will leave at approximately 2.20pm around the back of school as they will be on their lunch. This will be staggered with Year 7.

     

     

    Departure:

    • Each cohort will leave following the nearest exit to the front of school.
    • Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at the allocated time for their year group.
    • Students will not be allowed to wait for friends on the school site. They must leave the school site as quickly as they can and begin to make their way home or find their allocated seat on the school bus or make their way to their C3 detention if they have one.
    • The teacher will be the last person out of the classroom and will also escort students out of the building.
    • Every student will wash their hands with the hand sanitisers when leaving the classroom. Students will maintain government distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.
  • Year 9 arrival and departure from school / transition to sessions

    Arrival and Transition:

    Arrival procedures will be slightly different for each cohort and each Year group bubble within that cohort.

    Due to the staggered start we would advise that students, parents and carers time their journey to school carefully.   Students that arrive before the arrival time for their Year group bubble will be able to enter the school grounds from the ‘normal student entrances’ but they will have to wait outside. The canteen will be open from 8am and will be serving breakfast from this time.  There will be a maximum number of students allowed in the canteen at any one time.  Students will be allocated a seat when they enter the canteen and will not be allowed to move places once they have collected their breakfast and sat down in the canteen.

    Parents and carers will not be allowed on the school site in the mornings, during the day or after school.  Parents and carers that wish to see a member of staff must make an appointment and we will ascertain the best forum in which to communicate with you.  This may be a video call or a phone call initially.  Face to face meetings will be kept to a minimum in line with the government guidance.  We will be publishing more details on how to make an appointment before September.

    Year 9 – 9.15am start:  Students will enter the building at the back of school near the astroturf.

    Students will line up on the back yard in the designated areas for their Session 1 class. Their class teacher will be there to greet them and this will be clearly labelled for students.

    Protocols for arrival:

    • Parents will be able to drop off students in the drop off zone of the car park. Parents will not be allowed to leave their car.  Students dropped off here will be able to walk through the front of school via Student reception to the back yard.  If students arrive early they will have to wait in the canteen or the front of school/back of school until the arrival time for their year group.
    • Students that walk to school will go straight to the back yard along the road via Bowness primary school and enter the back yard near the astroturf pitch.
    • Students will line up in their Session 1 classes
    • Session 1 teachers will be there to greet students as they arrive and instruct them to line up
    • Students will then be escorted in to the school one class at a time.
    • The Session 1 teacher will escort students to their classroom
    • SLT will then signal for the next class to enter the building and the process will be repeated until all classes have safely entered the building.
    • Any students arriving late will need to enter the school via Student reception in the normal way.

     

     

    Transition:

    • 9.15am Transition to Session 1Students will line up in their Session 1 classes in their designated area on the back yard (indicated by a Yellow Box). From the back yard students will be escorted to their lesson by their Session 1 teacher under the direction of SLT.
    • 10.50am Transition to Session 2 – Students will make their own way to Session 2.
    • 11.25am Transition to BREAK – Students will be escorted to the canteen at 11.25am by their Session 2 teacher. Those students that want refreshments can purchase them from the canteen at this point or they can make their way to the tennis courts which is their designated area for BREAK. Once Year 9 students have made their way to their designated BREAK time area (Tennis Courts) they will not be allowed back into the canteen.  They will only be able to purchase food from the pod at this stage.
    • 11.40am Transition back to Session 2 – Students will line up in their Session 2 classes on the Tennis courts in the Year 9 Yellow Box. Their Session 2 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 12.40pm Transition to LUNCH – Students will be escorted to the canteen at 12.50pm by their session 2 teacher. Teachers will eat lunch with the students. Once students have eaten their lunch they will make their way to their designated LUNCH time area on the astroturf/back yard.
    • 1.20pm Transition back to Session 3Students will line up in their Session 3 classes on the back yard in their Yellow Box. Their Session 3 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 3.05pm DEPART – Students will leave the building via the nearest exit to the front of school. Session 3 teachers will escort students off site.  Students must make their way off site as quickly as possible and must maintain social distancing on the way home.
    • On Wednesdays students will leave at 2.05pm.

     

     

    Departure:

    • Each cohort will leave following the nearest exit to the front of school.
    • Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at the allocated time for their year group.
    • Students will not be allowed to wait for friends on the school site. They must leave the school site as quickly as they can and begin to make their way home or find their allocated seat on the school bus or make their way to their C3 detention if they have one.
    • The teacher will be the last person out of the classroom and will also escort students out of the building.
    • Every student will wash their hands with the hand sanitisers when leaving the classroom. Students will maintain government distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.
  • Year 10 arrival and departure from school / transition to sessions

    Arrival and Transition:

    Arrival procedures will be slightly different for each cohort and each Year group bubble within that cohort.

    Due to the staggered start we would advise that students, parents and carers time their journey to school carefully.   Students that arrive before the arrival time for their Year group bubble will be able to enter the school grounds from the ‘normal student entrances’ but they will have to wait outside. The canteen will be open from 8am and will be serving breakfast from this time.  There will be a maximum number of students allowed in the canteen at any one time.  Students will be allocated a seat when they enter the canteen and will not be allowed to move places once they have collected their breakfast and sat down in the canteen.

    Parents and carers will not be allowed on the school site in the mornings, during the day or after school.  Parents and carers that wish to see a member of staff must make an appointment and we will ascertain the best forum in which to communicate with you.  This may be a video call or a phone call initially.  Face to face meetings will be kept to a minimum in line with the government guidance.  We will be publishing more details on how to make an appointment before September.

    Year 10 – 9.15am start:  Students will enter the building at the back of school near the astroturf.

    Students will line up on the back yard in the designated areas for their Session 1 class. Their class teacher will be there to greet them and this will be clearly labelled for students.

    Protocols for arrival:

    • Parents will be able to drop off students in the drop off zone of the car park. Parents will not be allowed to leave their car.  Students dropped off here will be able to walk through the front of school via Student reception to the back yard.  If students arrive early they will have to wait in the canteen or the front of school/back of school until the arrival time for their year group.
    • Students that walk to school will go straight to the back yard along the road via Bowness primary school and enter the back yard near the astroturf pitch.
    • Students will line up in their Session 1 classes
    • Session 1 teachers will be there to greet students as they arrive and instruct them to line up
    • Students will then be escorted in to the school one class at a time.
    • The Session 1 teacher will escort students to their classroom
    • SLT will then signal for the next class to enter the building and the process will be repeated until all classes have safely entered the building.
    • Any students arriving late will need to enter the school via Student reception in the normal way.

     

     

    Transition:

    • 9.15am Transition to Session 1Students will line up in their Session 1 classes in their designated area on the back yard (indicated by a Yellow Box). From the back yard students will be escorted to their lesson by their Session 1 teacher under the direction of SLT.
    • 10.50am Transition to Session 2 – Students will make their own way to Session 2.
    • 11.25am Transition to BREAK – Students will be escorted to the back yard at 11.25am by their Session 2 teacher. This is their designated area for BREAK. Those students that want refreshments can purchase them from the outdoor Pod at this point.  Once Year 9 students have made their way to their designated BREAK time area (Tennis Courts) Year 10 students will able to move freely to the canteen if they wish to.
    • 11.40am Transition back to Session 2 – Students will line up in their Session 2 classes in their designated area (Back Yard Bottom Right hand side). Their Session 2 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 12.50pm Transition to LUNCH – Students will be escorted to their designated area on the back yard by their Session 3 teacher at 12.50pm. Students will have the ability to buy lunch from the outdoor Pod at this point if they wish.  Those Year 10 students wishing to eat their lunch in the canteen will line up following social distancing on the back yard.  When Year 11 have left the canteen Year 10 students will be able to go to the canteen for their lunch.  Teachers will eat lunch with the students.  Once students have eaten their lunch they will make their way to back to their designated LUNCH time area on the back yard.
    • 1.20pm Transition back to Session 3Students will line up in their Session 3 classes on the Back Yard in their Yellow Box. Their Session 3 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 3.10pm DEPART – Students will leave the building via the nearest exit to the front of school. Session 3 teachers will escort students off site.  Students must make their way off site as quickly as possible and must maintain social distancing on the way home.

    On Wednesdays students will leave at 2.10pm.

     

     

    Departure:

    • Each cohort will leave following the nearest exit to the front of school.
    • Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at the allocated time for their year group.
    • Students will not be allowed to wait for friends on the school site. They must leave the school site as quickly as they can and begin to make their way home or find their allocated seat on the school bus or make their way to their C3 detention if they have one.
    • The teacher will be the last person out of the classroom and will also escort students out of the building.
    • Every student will wash their hands with the hand sanitisers when leaving the classroom. Students will maintain government distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.

     

  • Year 11 arrival and departure from school / transition to sessions

    Arrival and Transition:

    Arrival procedures will be slightly different for each cohort and each Year group bubble within that cohort.

    Due to the staggered start we would advise that students, parents and carers time their journey to school carefully.   Students that arrive before the arrival time for their Year group bubble will be able to enter the school grounds from the ‘normal student entrances’ but they will have to wait outside. The canteen will be open from 8am and will be serving breakfast from this time.  There will be a maximum number of students allowed in the canteen at any one time.  Students will be allocated a seat when they enter the canteen and will not be allowed to move places once they have collected their breakfast and sat down in the canteen.

    Parents and carers will not be allowed on the school site in the mornings, during the day or after school.  Parents and carers that wish to see a member of staff must make an appointment and we will ascertain the best forum in which to communicate with you.  This may be a video call or a phone call initially.  Face to face meetings will be kept to a minimum in line with the government guidance.  We will be publishing more details on how to make an appointment before September.

    Year 11 – 8.40am arrival for 8.45am start:  Students will enter the building at the back of school near the astroturf.

    Students will line up on the back yard in the designated areas for their EDGE group (form group). This will be indicated by a marked yellow box on the ground. Their EDGE tutor will be there to greet them and this will be clearly labelled for students.

    Protocols for arrival:

    • Parents will be able to drop off students in the drop off zone of the car park. Parents will not be allowed to leave their car.  Students dropped off here will be able to walk through the front of school via Student reception to the back yard.  If students arrive early they will have to wait in the canteen or the front of school/back of school until the arrival time for their year group.
    • Students that walk to school will go straight to the back yard along the road via Bowness primary school and enter the back yard near the astroturf pitch.
    • Students will line up in their EDGE tutor groups
    • Edge tutors will be there to greet students as they arrive and instruct them to line up
    • Edge groups will then be escorted in to the school one class at a time.
    • The teacher will escort students to their classroom
    • SLT will then signal for the next class to enter the building and the process will be repeated until all classes have safely entered the building.
    • Any students arriving late will need to enter the school via Student reception in the normal way.

     

    Transition:

    • Year 11 will make their own way to sessions, break and lunch.
    • Year 11 will be the first Year group into the canteen at 12.40pm for lunch each day. At 12.50pm Year 11 students will make their way to their designated area for lunch on the Tennis courts.

    On Wednesdays students will leave at 2.15pm.

     

     

    Departure:

    • Each cohort will leave following the nearest exit to the front of school.
    • Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at the allocated time for their year group.
    • Students will not be allowed to wait for friends on the school site. They must leave the school site as quickly as they can and begin to make their way home or find their allocated seat on the school bus or make their way to their C3 detention if they have one.
    • The teacher will be the last person out of the classroom and will also escort students out of the building.
    • Every student will wash their hands with the hand sanitisers when leaving the classroom. Students will maintain government distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.

     

     

  • Transport Arrangements

    Following the government guidelines we would encourage students to limit their use of public transport when travelling to and from school.  Where possible students should walk or cycle.  If students do need to use public transport they must follow the government guidance on wearing a face covering.  Please click the link below for the official guidance on this.  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

    Special provision will be made for students to lock their bike to the school fence on the staff car park.  Students will need to provide their own bike lock in order to do this.

    School Buses:

    The school bus service will be running each day and will follow its normal route in order that students arrive at 8.45am.  The bus companies’ legal team categorise our school bus as a Public Bus.  Even though no members of the public will get on the bus, legally, it is still a ‘Public Bus’.  For this reason, we must ask all those students who will catch the school bus to wear a face covering.  If students do not do this, they will not be allowed to travel.

    Unfortunately, the bus company cannot provide a school bus for each cohort.  However,

    because the school bus is classed as a ‘Public bus’ it means if students wear a face covering and follow the guidelines any student in any year group can catch the school bus as they would have done previously.

    Those students in Y7-10 who catch the school bus will arrive before their allocated start time.  Students, in this case, will be expected to wait outside at the front or back of school or in the school canteen when they arrive.

    In conjunction with the DfE and Local Authority we have contacted Transport for Greater Manchester to request additional public buses for the 524 route between 2.55pm and 3.15pm when our students depart school.  We are awaiting their response and will update parents and carers as soon as possible.

    We are still awaiting a confirmed bus time table for the school bus route.  Again we will share this with parents and carers as soon as we receive this.

    The bus company will be following government guidelines to ensure students who may wish to use the school bus are following the up to date guidelines on seating arrangements.  The bus company will work closely with the school and will let us know immediately of any students who do not follow the guidelines whilst on the bus.  This will result in consequences in school or a ban from using the school bus.

  • Class Sizes

    Following government guidance class sizes will remain in their ‘normal’ timetabled size.

  • Classroom Layout
    • All classrooms will be set up in rows with students facing the front.
    • Excess furniture will be removed to increase the space in each classroom.
    • In ICT classrooms where computers cannot be moved a Perspex sheet will be installed between students to ensure they are protected from sitting face to face.
    • Chairs will be placed in specific areas of each classroom and must not be moved.
    • Classrooms must not be re-arranged without permission from the site manager and Principal.
    • Hand sanitisers will be placed at strategic points along corridors and in every classroom in the school so staff and students can regularly wash their hands on entry and exit to every classroom they visit.

     

  • Staff and student movement around the site

    Once students are in their classroom they must not leave that area for any reason unless there is a medical condition or they need to use toilet.

    Toilets will be available:

    • Mrs Pearson’s office/toilet
    • Girls and boys toilets by canteen

    Toilets will be regularly cleaned and an ‘On Call’ system will alert cleaners when the toilet has been used so they are cleaned as fast as possible.

    Students and staff will move around the building as they normally would.  The timetable, new times of the day and Transition BREAKS will dramatically reduce the numbers of students moving around the building at any one time.  Senior leaders will be on ‘Walkabout’ in every session of every day and ALL staff are expected to Meet and Greet on their classroom door to ensure as students move around the building there is no contact between students and they uphold our Corridor Climate protocols.

  • Expectations in Classrooms
    • Students and staff will use hand sanitisers on entry and exit to the classroom for every session.
    • Students should sit in the same seat at all times and must not move without permission from the teacher.
    • Teachers will keep a seating plan and a copy of this will be kept centrally
    • Desks and chairs should not be moved
    • Teachers should avoid movement in the classroom
    • Windows should be left open during the lessons where possible unless it disrupts learning
    • Group activities and any close contact between individuals should be avoided.
    • Students will wipe down their desk and chair at the end of each session.
  • Student Expectations

    Our expectations of student behaviour and conduct have not changed… they still remain extremely high.

    Our systems and structures for managing students’ behaviour and conduct on the whole have not changed and you can view ‘Our expectations’ on the link https://www.little-lever.bolton.sch.uk/the-little-lever-way/our-expectations/

    • We will continue to use our consequence rooms (when students receive a C3 they exit the classroom and make their way to another classroom… their consequence room)… consequence rooms will be Year group consequence rooms i.e. A year 8 student will only be allowed in a Year 8 classroom.
    • We will continue to run C3 detentions. These will be completed in cohorts i.e. Year 7 and 8, Year 9 and 10 and Year 11.
    • We will continue to run our isolation room and will use a bigger open space in the gym should we need to.

    Our system is based on the philosophy of choices and chances. i.e. all students have a choice and they have a chance to modify their behaviour/choices before we issue a consequence.  We trust the vast majority of our students understand the context in which we are operating at the moment and now more so than ever will ‘help themselves and help others achieve things they never thought they could.’  However, if students do not make the right choices we will issue consequences in the same way.

    • Students with medical conditions who need to leave the classroom will be allowed to do so at the discretion of the teacher. Students who leave the session for medical reasons should be issued a pass.
    • Students who need to leave the session to use the toilet will be issued a pass at the discretion and professional judgement of the teacher. Every time a toilet is used it will be cleaned by our contracted cleaners
    • Students should avoid all physical contact in school and on the way to school… No hugs, shaking hands etc…
    • When in the classroom students should sit in the same place at all times and not move from this place unless instructed to do so by the teacher.
    • Students should not share belongings with each other (stationery, food etc…)
    • Students follow the same behaviour expectations and the same behaviour protocols will be in place.

    We have made a few adjustments for September.  Many of these adjustments were already planned before COVID-19 but all these adjustments are even more pertinent given the current situation:

  • Uniform

    Students are expected to wear school uniform in line with the uniform policy (click here to view our Policies page). This includes PE kit when students take part in their PE lesson.

    We have a strict uniform policy.  This is to ensure students are preparing themselves for the world of work and life beyond their 5 years at Little Lever.  In many jobs students will have to wear a uniform or specialist equipment.  We want to teach our students the value of this.  We also want to ensure every student feels part of the Little Lever team.  When students wear our blazer they take on the responsibility to leave the blazer in a better place.  This means they represent our community when they wear our blazer and they must represent our community in the right way.

    We insist on black leather shoes and we will not deviate from this.  We do not allow trainers of any type.

    Students are only permitted to wear a wrist watch.  Rings, earrings, piercings and bracelets are not to be worn.  If students arrive to school with jewellery on it will be confiscated and a C3 detention will be issued.  Again, we want students to take responsibility for the choices they make.  We have set out a clear uniform policy and our expectations will not change.  The responsibility lies with the student to make the right choice.

    If students are going to have piercings we recommend students have these done over the summer holidays.  We will not accept any reason for wearing jewellery other than a wrist watch.

  • Jewellery

    As our current uniform policy states piercings and jewellery of any kind are not permitted and will be confiscated. Students should remove all piercings/jewellery before they come to school or cross the blue line in the morning.

    If students are seen wearing jewellery or have piercings of any kind they will be asked to remove them and they will be confiscated until the end of the day and the student will receive a C3 detention. This is a change to the current policy.

    We are confident every student at Little Lever understands our policy on jewellery. We make our uniform policy clear in advance hence why we put the responsibility on students to make the right choice.  We want students to concentrate on learning whilst they are at school.  While we understand why students want to wear jewellery, we also want students to understand we value them all equally no matter what jewellery they are wearing.  The focus is on learning when we come to school and we want nothing to detract from that.   We are also helping students prepare for the world of work where in certain industries the equipment you wear or don’t wear is compulsory.  We want to educate our students about the world in which they live to ensure they are successful when they leave.

     

  • Mobile Phones

    From September Little Lever will become a Mobile Phone Free School.  This is a national project established by Parents and Teachers for Excellence.   While the Mobile Phone is a fantastic creation and helps society in so many ways we do not feel they are conducive to helping students learn.  They cause too many distractions, increase the risk of exposure to uncensored material and cause significant mental health issues for young people when used for pro-longed periods of time.   There is significant re-search to suggest that those schools who have mobile phone free policies have significantly improved the life chances of their students by improving their concentration levels which has resulted in improved GCSE outcomes for their students.

    Many of the top performing schools in the country have adopted a mobile phone free policy and we feel our students will reap the benefits of being able to concentrate solely on learning when they come to school.  Our Little Lever Parent Forum were in full support of becoming a Mobile Phone Free school and echoed the benefits to learning and students’ mental health this would bring.

    How will it work? 

    Students must not have a mobile phone on their person at any time of the school day.

    We understand that parents/carers will want to keep in touch with their children and many parents will want their child to carry a mobile phone for safety reasons.  For this reason, students will be able to bring a mobile phone into school but it must remain switched off and in the students’ bag until the end of the day.  Once the student has crossed the blue line outside the school gates at the end of the day they are free to use their mobile phone.

    If students have a mobile phone on their person or are seen using their mobile phone at any part of the school day it will be confiscated and a C3 detention will be issued.  The phone will be labelled and placed securely in the school safe and record of the students name will be taken.  Students can collect the phone at the end of the school day.

    If a student has a mobile phone on their person or is seen using it for a second time the phone will be confiscated for 5 school days from the date it was confiscated and the student will receive a C3 detention.  We will ask parents and carers to collect the phone at the end of the 5 day period.

    If a student has a mobile phone on their person or is seen using it for a third time the phone will be confiscated for a 4 week period from the date it was confiscated and the student will receive a C3 detention.  We will ask parents and carers to collect the phone at the end of the 4 week period.

    For every time a student has a mobile phone on their person or is seen using it after the third time it will be confiscated for 4 weeks each time and the student will receive a C3 detention.  We will always ask parents/carers to collect the phone at the end of the 4 week period.

  • Teaching in PE, Drama, Music & Technology

    Teaching PE:

    We are hoping to deliver PE lessons which will give students some physical activity.  We are taking into account guidance from the DfE and guidance from the different sporting bodies.

    Students will not be participating in sports, drills or activities which require physical contact.  Students will complete some form of physical activity during their PE lessons which will be conducted outside (where possible).  Social distancing will be adhered to and equipment use will be kept to a minimum.  Where equipment is to be used the cleaning of this equipment will follow national sporting body guidance.  All equipment will be cleaned to the national sporting body guidelines before it is used by another class.

    Changing rooms:

    Students will need to bring their PE kit on the days they have PE.  Changing rooms will be organised so each student has a dedicated marked space in which they will get changed.  These marked spaces will ensure students are socially distant from each other.  

    There will be two classes taking part in PE lessons during a session.  Both classes will always be from the same Year group bubble.  Two male classes and two female classes.  Only one class will be allowed in the changing rooms at once.  Each class will have a dedicated area of the changing room as well as each student having a dedicated marked area in which to get changed.  Students will be supervised at all times by their class teacher and a member of the senior leadership team will be based in the PE area at all times to support.

    One class will enter the changing room to get changed in their dedicated area.  The second class will go to the sports hall which will be split by a partition curtain into two holding zones.  One for boys and one for girls.  Students in the holding zone will start a theory based ‘Connect Now’ activity while they wait for the changing rooms to be vacated.  Once the changing rooms have been vacated students in the holding zone will be escorted by a member of the senior team to their dedicated changing room area.

    The class that vacated the changing rooms first will start their ‘Connect Now’ activity outside.

    As students enter and leave the changing rooms they must use the hand sanitisers.

    Changing rooms will be locked once all students have vacated and students will be supervised at all times in the changing rooms.

    We will review these procedures on a weekly basis and change them based on the local and national guidance.

    Teaching Drama: 

    All drama lessons will be theory based for the first half term.  We hope to move to teaching the normal drama curriculum as swiftly as possible.

    Teaching Music:

    All music lessons will be theory based for the first half term.  We hope to teach the normal music curriculum as swiftly as possible.

    Teaching Technology:

    All technology lessons will be theory based for the first half term.  We hope to teach the normal music curriculum as swiftly as possible.

  • Enrichment

    We are planning to offer a Year group Bubble approach to our Enrichment activities from September.  Students will be able to attend Enrichment activities on a Year group Rota in the Autumn Term.  Students will still be able to select a wide range of Enrichment activities they would like to attend but the activities will take place for different year groups at different times in the school year until we can return to ‘normal’.

     

  • Extra-Curricular Visits

    We hope to still run extra-curricular visits where we feel it will significantly benefit the students’ learning, character development, their life chances and where the destination meets COVID secure regulations.  In line with government guidance, a thorough risk assessment will take place before any extra-curricular visit is organised.  It is likely we will be running significantly less extra-curricular visits until the current government guidance changes. We will look where possible to use video technology so our students can still engage in encounters with universities, industry and employers.

  • Actions if a student or member of staff shows symptoms of COVID-19

    Actions if a student shows COVID-19 symptoms:

    • Isolate in school in the conservatory
    • Inform parents
    • Send student home and advise they self isolate for 7 days and the household self isolates for 14 days
    • Encourage student to get tested ASAP
    • If test is negative – return to school and household ends self isolation
    • If test is positive moved to confirmed case scenario

    Actions if a member of staff shows COVID-19 symptoms:

    • Send home immediately
    • Inform HR before leave the site
    • Advise they self isolate for 7 days and the household self isolates for 14 days
    • Organise a test for the member of staff with their permission
    • If test is negative – return to school and household ends self isolation
    • If test is positive moved to confirmed case scenario

    In line with government guidance staff and students in all settings will be eligible for testing if they become ill with coronavirus symptoms as will members of their household.

  • PHE - Health Protection Teams

    Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

    The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

    The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

    • direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
    • proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
    • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

    The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing so, we recommend schools keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups.  This should be a proportionate recording process. Schools do not need to ask pupils to record everyone they have spent time with each day or ask staff to keep definitive records in a way that is overly burdensome.

    A template letter will be provided to schools, on the advice of the health protection team, to send to parents and staff if needed.

  • Response to any infection

    Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process

    ALL staff members and parents/carers will need to be ready and willing to:

    • book a testif they are displaying symptoms. Staff and pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit
    • provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace
    • self-isolateif they have been in close contact with someone who develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, which includes anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

    The government will ensure that it is as easy as possible to get a test through a wide range of routes that are locally accessible, fast and convenient. We will release more details on new testing avenues as and when they become available and will work with schools so they understand what the quickest and easiest way is to get a test. By the autumn term, all schools will be provided with a small number of home testing kits that they can give directly to parents/carers collecting a child who has developed symptoms at school, or staff who have developed symptoms at school, where they think providing one will significantly increase the likelihood of them getting tested. Advice will be provided alongside these kits.

    Parents/carers and staff need to inform the school of the results of a test:

    • if someone tests negative, if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), they can stop self-isolating. They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

    Parents and carers must contact the school on 01204 333300 or email the school on info@little-lever.bolton.sch.uk as soon as possible if this is the case.

    • if someone tests positive, they should follow the ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’and must continue to self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of their symptoms and then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 7-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

    Parents and carers must report their absence from school stating the appropriate reason for absence as stated above.

  • PPE Equipment

    Government guidance on face coverings has changed recently.  In conjunction with local health protection teams, taking into account current infection rates in Bolton it will be necessary for all students and staff to wear a face covering when they are on corridors or in the canteen and/or conservatory.  These are areas that are communal and students will potentially pass other students outside of their Year group bubble.  While the guidance states that this is still relatively low risk we are taking the advice of medical professionals who have clearly stated that wearing a face covering in these areas will help reduce the spread of the virus.

    We would strongly recommend that parents and carers purchase a washable face covering as opposed to a disposable face covering.  The school will provide face coverings for students who do not bring one but these will be disposable.  Disposable face masks are not meant for long term use and therefore will need to be disposed of at some point.

    Students do not need to wear a face covering in lessons or when they are outside. 

    If students want to wear a face covering in these areas we will not challenge this.  We will take a common sense approach and work with our young people and families to ensure they feel safe and comfortable.  However, if face coverings are used inappropriately or pose a health and safety concern in these areas students will be asked to remove them.

  • PHE - Health Protection Teams

    Schools must take swift action when they become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools should contact the local health protection team. This team will also contact schools directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

    The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

    The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. Close contact means:

    • direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin)
    • proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual
    • travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person

    The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home. To support them in doing so, we recommend schools keep a record of pupils and staff in each group, and any close contact that takes places between children and staff in different groups.  This should be a proportionate recording process. Schools do not need to ask pupils to record everyone they have spent time with each day or ask staff to keep definitive records in a way that is overly burdensome.

    A template letter will be provided to schools, on the advice of the health protection team, to send to parents and staff if needed.

  • Face Coverings

    All students will wash their hands as they enter and exit the building.  Hand sanitisers will be placed outside every classroom being used.  Students and staff are expected to also wash their hands every time they enter or leave a classroom.  Signage will be placed in prominent areas around the school to remind students and staff of this.

    Students will be reminded about the government guidance and this will be issued to all students as part of the Induction process.

  • Cleaning Routines

    There is dedicated cleaning and preparation time throughout day. Rooms will be cleaned at the end of the day.  Cleaners have been trained in line with government guidance around COVID-19.

  • Helping students return to school

    The Local Authority Educational Psychology service has produced a very useful newsletter, below, to support parents, carers and students returning to school. Further information can be found on our website Mental Health section.

  • Fire Procedures

    In line with government guidance should there be a fire alarm student will follow the normal fire alarm procedures.  In this scenario students will not be expected to socially distance, as per the government guidance there would potentially be an immediate risk of harm and therefore the priority would be to remove staff and students from the building as quickly and as safely as possible.

    Students would line up in silence in single file on the back yard in their Edge groups.  A register would be taken by the teacher of the class and we would follow our normal procedures.

    This will be part of the induction programme for students and staff.

  • First Aid

    There will always be a first aider on the school site.

    If a student or adult needs first aid the first aider must administer this if it cannot be done by the student or adult.  In order to do this staff can wear a pair of latex gloves.  Once used these items must be disposed of securely in a bin liner tied at the top.  This must then be placed in a second bin liner which will again be tied at the top and clearly labelled for the cleaning staff to dispose of appropriately.

     

  • Risk Assessment

    There is a robust risk assessment that is in place and which is currently being updated in line with government guidance.  The risk assessment is monitored by the Trust and union officials are in consultation.

    In the current situation there will always be a risk.  What the risk assessment does is minimise the risk by addressing a multitude of different areas in order to reduce this risk for students and adults in the building.

    The risk assessment looks at every aspect of the return to school in detail.  It covers the following items:

    • Social distancing
    • Classroom sizes
    • Arrival and departure from school
    • Movement around the school
    • The school day
    • School and Public Transport
    • Cleaning arrangements
    • Hygiene and handwashing
    • Clothing and Fabric
    • First Aid
    • Testing and managing symptoms
    • Medical rooms
    • Toilets
    • Fire Procedures
    • Contractors on site
    • Parents on site
    • Students with underlying health conditions
    • Staff and student induction programmes

    We have completed our draft risk assessment in line with government guidance and in collaboration with the Local Authority and the Bolton Learning Alliance to ensure we have covered every base.