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Guidance for secondary school provision-Year 10 and Year 12-Update 26th May

26 May 2020

Secondary Guidance was published yesterday afternoon which I have been referring to in my recent letters. I promised I’d keep parents updated and will continue to do so via the website so thank you for continuing to check this regularly. A link to the full guidance can be found at the bottom of the page. However, the main points include:


  • Secondary schools are being asked to offer limited face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 pupils, which should remain the predominant mode of education during this term for pupils in these year groups.
  • Working with the parameters set out in the guidance, schools have the flexibility to implement face-to-face support for year 10 and year 12 pupils in the way that best suits their circumstances, including considerations around year group sizes, site and staff availability.
  • The assessment, based on the latest scientific and medical advice, is that schools need to continue to control the numbers attending school to reduce the risk of increasing transmission. Therefore, schools should limit pupils in year 10 and year 12 cohort to a maximum of a quarter of pupils in school at any one time.
  • Any plans that secondary schools have made for pupils to return earlier in June should be amended to commence from 15th June at the earliest.
  • Some secondary schools may plan to use rotas. Where rotas are used, you should avoid split day rotas within the same day and ensure that only a quarter of children are ever in the school on any one day, so morning and afternoon rotas should not be applied.
  • Schools should ensure that no pupils are on the school grounds unless for agreed contact time or attendance as above.
  • Schools should try to minimise the risks out of school, for example by considering how pupils travel to and from school.

We can now continue to plan how this will work at Gosforth with safety still being at the heart of any decisions. Of course, we will share plans with parents as soon as we can.


If you have not completed the survey on our website please do so we have an idea of potential in school uptake. This is not binding, so do not worry if you need to change your decision based on a change of circumstances or once you have seen our more detailed plans and safety measures.


Take care and enjoy half term!


Mr Chahal



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