You said...

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You wanted us to discontinue silent transition between lessons.


We told students in a whole school assembly that they no longer had to transition between lessons and from break and lunch in silence.  There are no sanctions for talking as long as it is low level and students are moving between classes with pace and purpose.

You wanted us to have a greater focus on supporting your children’s mental health and well-being.


We ran our first ever student Well-being Day where students did not have to attend lessons, but instead, were encouraged to engage with five activities that are recommended by the NHS for promoting excellent mental health and well-being. Students sent in lots of pictures and videos of how they engaged with each challenge. Promoting good mental health is something we are looking to focus on and finding ways to build activities into our weekly programme. 

In addition to all the welfare calls being made by Heads of Year each day, we ensured that every child was phoned by their form tutor to check in on them and see how they were getting on.

You wanted us to make sure that every child has access to a laptop and Wi-Fi at home.

We have given out hundreds of chrome books and dongles to make sure that every Lambeth Academy child was able to access their live lessons from home.

You wanted us to focus on praise and rewards for our students who are working hard and showing great resilience in this challenging time.

Teachers are awarding merits to students in every lesson and we are sending home bronze, silver and gold certificates as students reach certain milestones for their merits. We are continuing to send postcards of excellence home to recognise students who are going the extra mile with their remote learning. We are celebrating students with 100% attendance each week by sending home a postcard. Many students have now accumulated 10 postcards so they will be awarded a golden postcard by Mrs Welch when we return to school. We are awarding ‘Student of the week’ in each year group and using twitter to celebrate their work and successes.

You wanted more feedback about your child’s attendance and progress.

We are sending home a weekly attendance report for each student. We are planning to run a Parents’ Evening for each year group once we return to school. Our teachers and Heads of Year are always happy to take calls or emails relating to a child’s progress. We can arrange meetings to discuss teacher feedback and plan to support your child to make sure they are making the best progress possible.

You wanted us to consider shorter lessons and longer breaks for students due to concerns about increased screen time. 

This is something we thought long and hard about but we decided that we wanted our remote learning to match as closely as possible the student experience that they would be getting in school. We believe that we have been able to reduce the impact that the lockdown will have on our students’ progress because we have covered the same amount of learning as we would have done if students were in school. We have encouraged students to take their breaks away from the screen and to be physically active, drink lots of water and take proactive steps to look after their mental and physical health.



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