Pastoral Support

Behaviour and Expectations during COVID-19

At the Courtyard, we understand the need to continually deliver high quality education, including during periods of remote learning – whether for an individual pupil or many. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations in all areas of school life and ensuring that all pupils have access to the learning resources and support they need to succeed.
The Courtyard will aim to address the key concerns associated with remote learning, such as online safety, access to educational resources, data protection and safeguarding.

Behaviour and Learning Expectations in the Home

It is expected that all pupils:

• Are awake, out of bed, dressed appropriately and ready to learn before the start of their school day.
• Use their laptop and internet connection to access Google Classroom or Google meet and complete school work during the lesson times according to their individual timetable.
• If a pupil is unwell and cannot access their learning, parent/carers must inform the school.
• All pupils who participate in any lesson through Google meets must follow the behaviour expectations of the school. This includes no use of inappropriate language and being respectful to staff and their peers.
• Where possible work in an area where their internet usage can be monitored by an appropriate adult.

It is expected that parents:

• Inform the school immediately if their child cannot access the material due to ICT failure so alternative arrangements can be made.
• Support their child with their learning as much as they can.
• Encourage their child to complete the work set and take breaks from the work at the appropriate times.

• Refrain from swearing, shouting or screaming whilst learning is taking place, ensuring that they have a quiet area they can work and ensure that siblings follow the same rules.
• Contact their child’s keyworker if they have difficulties with the work set or are refusing to complete the work. The keyworker will then inform the teaching staff who will decide upon the next steps taken.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral and Wellbeing Team

• KS4 Pastoral Lead: Mr Saunders
• KS5 Pastoral Lead: Mrs Rush
• Deputy Head:Pastoral: Ms Norman

Keyworkers will be responsible for monitoring online lessons for pupils who are in their keyworker group, keyworkers will inform parent/carers and pupils on a weekly basis if work has not been completed and this will be communicated through email/phone call. Keyworkers will inform the Deputy Head: Pastoral if there are on-going concerns with lack of engagement. The Deputy Head:Pastoral will contact parent/carer to provide support.

Every morning at 10.55am there will be an assembly that will be delivered by a different member of staff each day, ALL pupils are expected to attend, The Courtyard continues to celebrate the pupils success in completing and engaging with their online lessons, this is done through our merit system as well as teachers nominated pupils for ‘Star of the Week’ pupils are congratulated on a Friday during assembly.

Teaching assistants will remain in close contact with teaching staff in order to provide support to pupils whom they work closely with during lessons.

The Deputy Head: Pastoral will support the well-being of all pupils and will monitor the well-being of staff. The Deputy: Head Pastoral will also facilitate meetings and activities to ensure a community spirit.

Mental Health

We know that COVID-19 is a very stressful time for everyone. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

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We would like to remind ALL pupils, even if they are not in school, that the most important general principal to follow is that they should wash their hands often – with soap and hot water or use an alcohol sanitizer.



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