COVID information and Home Learning Resources
Please feel free to use these sites, applications and resources to support learning at home.
Click below to find Government guidance on....
The DfE has also produced a guidance document for parents/carers regarding supporting children's remote education during Covid.
The document contains some useful links for parents regarding:
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Resources for parents of children with SEND
- Additional educational resources
With wider opening of schools taking place between 8th June 2020 onwards, Garswood have put together a series of documents and updated policies to ensure the guidance from the government and specific measures have been considered. These policies are available at request and the main points of Garswood's Risk Assessment are outlined below. If you would like a copy of the risk assessment in full or have have any questions about Garswood's reopening procedures, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the hazards?
Who might be harmed and how?
Current control measures
Any additional control measures required
Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser
Posters are displayed throughout the school reminding everyone of infection control procedures and social distancing arrangements
Everyone is encouraged to catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of the tissue in a lidded bin.
Sufficient amounts of suitable cleaning agents are available on the premises to sanitise regularly-used areas and surfaces
The number of rooms used by staff and volunteers during working hours is limited
Children and staff will be allocated a bubble to limit contact with large numbers.
Plans for re-opening clearly communicated to parents and carers, including what protective steps the school/setting has taken to make it a low risk place for their child, with regular updates provided as necessary.
Staff, parents, children and young people informed of their allocated drop off and collection times and the process for doing so
Additional cleaning requirements discussed with cleaning contractors or staff, with additional hours agreed to allow for this.
Staff briefed on the control measures within this risk assessment and changes to policies and procedures
All visitors to be made aware of the expectations regarding appropriate hygiene practice through appropriate signage and information strategy
Strict access and exit routes identified and followed stringently (parents made aware of these prior to accessing the school site)
People who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or Childcare setting.
In the event of a school closure/part closure with staff and pupils at home who are well and still able to access education, work will be set electronically via email and TEAMS
Where applicable, class sizes are limited to fifteen pupils (8 for EYFS) and two members of teaching staff
When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus.
If children have been required to self isolate at home please feel free to use and adapt our suggested home learning schedule. We have attached a Word document version in the attachments below which you can print off or edit on screen to suit your families needs.
At Garswood we have set up an account for all children using Microsoft TEAMs. This application is GDPR complient and will allow us to upload files and folders unique to each class and more specificlly add links to particular websites, video lesson links and folders of work for particular days if you require them. There is also a facility on this application to have a conversation between class pupils and their class teacher (Visible to all class users at all times and monitored by the school, and authority). We have disabled the chat facility so that children and staff cannot 'chat' one to one in doing so protecting all members.
We have attached a word document below (see image) with full guidance on how to access the application from home. Usernames and passwords have now been created and a guide e mailed out to you. Please don't forget that when you first log onto TEAMs please add @sthelens.org.uk to the end of your username.
Please take some time to look through this website for parents before your children undertake screen time learning or socialising. There are guides, resources and presentations available to help us all understanding the bigger online world.
Please also log onto our Teams class pages for further, more specific Internet safety packs and teaching as well as further parent packs wth tonnes to keep us all informed.
During this time of virtual learning, communicating, gaming and interacting it would be great if you could refamiliarise yourself with the online parents guides for all the social media platforms, games and sites we have available on our online safety page. This will give us all the information we need on age restrictions, and parental controls we can put in place to keep our children safe.
And finally...... If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you can enrol yourself in our parents Internet Safety course from the NOS. A very worthwhile accredited course and you get a certificate too!
You will have already been provided with log in details to these sites if suitable for your child's age.
We have also attached a document with some great education APPS for you to upload on devices at home. The price (most are free), suitability and subjects are in the table along side them.
Please be extra vigilant when children are using devices and online content at home, please see our online safety page for parents guides on many of the popular social media sites and games.
We also have online advice for parents at Garswood and are delighted to announce that Garswood Primary have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online and have worked with National Online Safety to deliver an interactive online workshop for all our parents & carers.
What you will learn:
Delivered wholly through video, you will learn about a wide range of online dangers across three main areas:
- Unsafe communications
Online relationships; fake profiles; online bullying; online grooming; child sexual exploitation; sexual violence & harassment; sexting and live streaming.
- Effects to mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle
Online vs offline identity; social media & mental health; device addiction; online challenges; overspending; online gambling and radicalisation.
- Managing online information
Online reputation; age-inappropriate content; fraud (online); fake news; targeted advertising; personal data and the dark web.
You will learn about each online danger, what the risks are around each danger, potential signs and what parents, carers and trusted adults can do to help ensure their children stay safe online.
The course can be taken at your own convenience at home, and is ideal to occupy you during school closures.
Please find below the URL you need to visit to register your account. You will need to complete your details and select “I am a: Parent/Carer” from the dropdown:
Once you have registered, you will be able to access the “Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes 50+ online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the Internet.
Good luck and stay safe everyone, we might be working remotely but we are always here and are always available. If you have any school requests, teacher questions or general enquiries please email us at the central Garswood email:
with the member of staff you wish to contact in the subject box. We may be in self isolation but Garswood will always operate most effectively as a team and that isn't going to change. Thank you so much for your support during this time.