Virtual Holidays
January 20, 2021, 8:46 pm
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We’ve all had enough of Covid and would love to get away. But we can’t.

I’ve decided that, for as long as lockdown lasts, to commit to taking the whole school (or at least anybody who wants to bring their children along) on a virtual tour around the world.

Each day we’ll go somewhere new, and we’re starting today in London. We’re visiting the queen at Buckingham Palace:

Latest Covid graph for Oldham
January 20, 2021, 8:15 pm
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Thankfully the incidences have begun to fall in response to the lockdown.

Numbers and Covid update
January 18, 2021, 11:11 am
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68 children are in school today; thank you again to those parents who are critical workers but are keeping their children at home where possible. I am doing the same myself.

I receive and share data from the council each week- it arrives every Wednesday. Last week we were told the numbers in Oldham had risen again.

Some good news from yesterday’s Manchester Evening News suggests numbers have since fallen back to the previous week’s figures. So they’re still high locally, but at least apparently not ever climbing.

Oldham Athletic player visit
January 16, 2021, 1:31 pm
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We were very happy to welcome a (virtual) visit from Oldham Athletic player Tom Hamer on Friday:

Reduction in numbers today- thank you
January 15, 2021, 3:15 pm
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Our numbers in school reduced from 80 to 67 today. Thank you to those critical workers who were able to look after their children at home and did so. It can only make it safer for all.

Please remember that if you want to borrow a chrome book to enable your child to access daily zoom lessons/ meetings with their teacher, we do have some which we are prepared to lend.

We have so far loaned 30, which is more than we were given by the government for the purpose, but we don’t mind doing this to help families whose children will benefit from the loan.

Covid rates
January 15, 2021, 3:04 pm
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Today’s graph indicates an 8% rise in Oldham over the last week:

Oldham has the lowest rate of current incidence in Greater Manchester (but Lees, accordng to local data, has more than the Oldham average).

Remote learning questionnaire response
January 15, 2021, 2:03 pm
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Thank you to the 116 parents who responded so promptly to our questionnaire re remote learning, and thank you for the very many positive comments. All of the comments have been shared with the respective teachers.

Of the 116 responses, 97 said they were “very happy”, 18 “happy” and just one “unhappy”. That particular child has circumstances specific to them and I have made a suggestion to the child’s parents of a way which can improve the situation for the child.

Parents have recognised that the school is managing to offer a much better provision than in the Spring lockdown and I hope that we can continue to improve what we do.

As ever, we welcome feedback and look forward to a time hopefully not too far hence when the virus is beaten and school can fully reopen.

Latest Oldham Covid data
January 14, 2021, 12:15 pm
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The latest Oldham figures (see button below) show Oldham’s incidence of Covid is high and rising: 19% up on last week. The rates in Lees are higher than the Oldham average.

The total number of confirmed cases in Oldham is 18,141, a rate of 7651 per 100,000 population, the highest rate across Greater Manchester and the 7th highest rate across England.

Vulnerable Children/ Critical workers
January 14, 2021, 7:46 am
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We have 80 children in school today. I understand that it is much more than the Spring, when we were working to different definitions of “vulnerable”/ “critical” workers, but I do not understand why it is double the 40 who attended on 5th January.

From Oldham Council:

On 11th January, DfE clarified guidance about schools remaining open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. They affirmed the message about provision being available only for essential cases and eligibility details were refined:

” The guidance sets out that parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can.

In Gavin Williamson’s words
January 13, 2021, 2:46 pm
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Gavin Williamson has been speaking today. The Times Educational Supplement has provided a helpful summary of relevant points:

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