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Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice for parents

In light of the Prime Minister's announcement Longdean is only open for children of key workers and invited students if no other childcare is available. If at all possible keep your children at home to protect the NHS and save lives as per government advice.

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Update from the Head Teacher:

Dear Parents and Guardians

A new half term begins, the final one of the academic year and it is going to be an interesting one.  As always I will endeavour to write to you everyday to keep you abreast of any develops at Longdean or in the national picture.  There are not many today so a short update.

Free School Meal Vouchers:

I have had confirmation today that the latest voucher was emailed out to parents on either the 29th or 30th May  so it should be there for you and will cover the next four week period.  If there are any issues please contact you child’s Pastoral Manager using the email.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If assistance by the food bank is needed at this time please use the same point of contact so we can source a voucher for you. 

Return to School:

Just a reminder that my Senior Team and Trustees are today discussing the proposed return of Year 10 & 12 students from Monday 15th June.  I will write you outlining the detailed plans for this return by Wednesday at the latest.  The letter will also include our plans for the final three weeks of term when students would normally go up a year.  I mention this as a few parents have emailed enquiring what the plans are.

I think that is all for today other than to say, welcome back.

Set boundaries ✋🏽

Set boundaries. If you have the space, devote somewhere in your home specifically for work, ideally with a desk, supportive chair and good lighting. Clearly communicate the start and finish times of your ‘office hours’ with the people you live with. Of course, staying focused and distraction-free while working from home can be especially tricky for those with children. If you can, try to prearrange with others in your household when each of you can take charge of the kids – perhaps you and your partner can work two hours on, two hours off? If you are unable to share parenting responsibilities, speak to your manager and team to make them aware of any hours you will be ‘offline’ and with your family. 

For those of you still in school the same applies. Ensure that you communicate effectively with your team as I am sure you will have depleted staff numbers and your typical school day has changed majorly


Prioritise the tasks that actually matter for that day. Be clear in your mind on what the key areas of focus are that day. Focus on these only, and communicate any urgent priorities with your team, ensuring they are realistic.

This will ensure you’re all collectively working towards the same aim and concentrating on the right things, whilst also not being overwhelmed by the work needed to be completed in the days and weeks ahead.

By keeping your task list to one day’s activities only, it will also give you a greater sense of achievement at the end of the day, making it more likely that you will log off at a reasonable hour and enjoy your evening

Be mindful of the time 

Don’t let your working hours overrun. Be disciplined in leaving your home office when your working hours are over, at least on some nights of the week, and don’t go back in until the morning!

It can be especially tempting for many people to ‘put a bit of work in’ late at night, especially as stresses and pressures are intensified. However, this could come at the cost of disrupting your sleep schedule and depleting your energy levels the following day.

Switch off 📴

Switch off your work phone if you can. If this isn’t possible, at least limit yourself to only checking your work emails once or twice in the evening.

You should also be logging out of Skype or any other chat or messaging functionality that you may have on your machine.

As much as its important to stay social, it’s also important to switch off at times to allow yourself to recharge and find your inner zen!

Don’t be afraid to say no 

Don’t be afraid to say no. In these changing times, your priorities and areas of focus might shift, almost on a daily basis. That’s why you need to have the confidence and conviction to say ‘no’ to tasks that aren’t going to help you or your business achieve what’s truly important right now.

Habitual over-workers can be ‘people pleasers’ and this is something I find so common within education! We are all caring people and love the job we do.

You need to learn the art of graciously saying no if certain tasks threaten to overwhelm you, and simply aren’t a priority. If an extra task or two really does need to be taken on, try to be realistic about what you can do in the time that you have during your main working day, perhaps offering a partial solution in the meantime.

Take a break! 

Don’t skip your lunch break. Don’t eat from your desk!

If you can, have a space that is nowhere near your desk for eating, or go outside for some fresh air, while respecting your local authority’s guidelines on social distancing. This will enable you to ensure your lunch break feels like an actual break, and in turn, will help you to feel more motivated when you resume work in the afternoon.

Relax 💤

Take time for yourself. It’s crucial to enable your mind to understand that you are no longer working.

Do some exercise, take up a relaxing hobby, spend quality time with your family or housemates or cook a nice meal. I have found cleaning and sorting through that dreaded municipal kitchen drawer to be very therapeutic!

In short, whatever you can do that is different to work, and ideally in a different room to your ‘home office’. Make this consistent, and it’ll become a signal in your mind that the workday is over.

Positive thoughts = positive outcomes 💪🏻

Try not to dwell on the negatives. You may be overworking to avoid paying too much attention to the crisis that is going on around us. So instead, try to focus on the positives in your life and what you have to be grateful for.

Consider what you can do around the house that you’ve been meaning to get to or catching up with friends and family remotely.

In short, there are always things that you can do to distract yourself and use your time in healthy and productive ways during this outbreak, rather than overworking.

Spring 2020

Mon 06 Jan - Term Starts
Mon 17 Feb-Fri 21 Feb - Half Term 
13:30 Fri 03 Apr - Term End

Summer 2020

Mon 20 Apr - Inset Day
Tue 21 Apr - Term Starts
Fri 8 May - Bank Holiday
Mon 25 May - Fri 29 May - Half Term
13:30 Fri 17 Jul - End of Term

Term Dates 20-21

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