COVID-19 Update

Working From Home

Remote Learning

The information in our Guide to Remote Learning is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

It is intended to support understanding of what pupils, parents and carers should expect during periods of school closure relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The senior leader responsible for remote learning is, Deputy Headteacher Miss White ([email protected]).


Poltair Remote Learning Guide

Guidance - Working from home


Information about how Poltair School sets remote learning January 2021

Guidance - Working from home

Pupil Guide

The information in our Pupil Guide to Remote Learning is intended to provide support for accessing the school based digital platforms that support our remote learning education. Along with this, the Pupil SharePoint contains helpful video tutorials to support pupils and parents with using the features of Microsoft Teams.


Using Microsoft Teams - Quick guide for students

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Access to Support for additional mobile internet data

The DfE (Department for Education) are running a pilot scheme to support increasing children and young people’s access to increased mobile data allowances. This is to support their home learning whilst not able to access schools.

This scheme is open to children and young people who:

  • don’t have access to a fixed broadband connection
  • cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources or social care services
  • have access to a mobile device that uses a participating network
  • are facing disruption to their face-to-face education, or have been advised not to attend school

Information that will be needed in order for us to request additional mobile data includes:

  • the account holder’s name
  • their mobile number (a number beginning with '07')
  • their mobile network
  • whether they pay monthly or pay as they go

The available offers can be found on the attached from the following companies EE, Tesco Mobile, Three, Smarty, Virgin Mobile and Sky Mobile. At this time, there are no other offers.


Additional Allowance Company Offers

Guidance - Working from home

It is also requested that you read through the Privacy Policy found here before making any form of decision.

If this is something you feel you are entitled to access, please use the link attached here to enter some information to support your request. Please ensure this is completed by Wednesday 13th January, 2021 at 3pm to enable us to upload to the DfE.

We will monitor the link responses at the end of each week to update any further requests made.

Email Contacts for Staff


Email Contacts for Staff

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Additional Support Resources


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Additional Support Resources

Safeguarding Support

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns. Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT email address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school: [email protected]

This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

Student Support and Welfare

This resource is designed to provide you with advice and pathways to follow should you find yourself needing to access support.

It identifies three options of ways to access both internal and external support, alongside a lengthy list of contacts for a range of external services.


Student Support and Welfare 2021

Safeguarding Support Resources

What if I have a safeguarding concern as a student?

As a student in school, you would have easy access to be able to speak to a trusted adult if there was something you were worried about. Though it is more challenging in lockdown, there are still ways to do this and they are outlined below.


Student Support Helpsheet

Safeguarding Support Resources

A - Z Young People Resources

This resource has been created by the team at the NHS to support vulnerable young people access appropriate support, depending on their need. We have made some slight additions based on our work within the local community. This A - Z signposts relevant agencies to provide support online or over the phone.

it covers the following steps:

  • Bereavement/Parental Illness
  • Bullying
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Sexual Violence
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • County Lines/Criminal Exploitation/Missing
  • Deliberate Self Harm
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence/Sexual Violence
  • Drugs/Alcohol/Substance Misuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health, Wellbeing and Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Modern Slavery/Trafficking
  • Online Safety
  • Sexual Health/Gender Identity
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Teenage/Young Parents
  • Young Carers


A - Z Young Peoples Resources

Pupil Reference 19 March 2020

Well-Being Resources

During #Lockdown 1, we placed updates and quick activities on here to support emotional health and well-being. These are important aspects for us to ensure that we focus on- both as adults and children. These periods are challenging for all of us, and we must ensure to try and participate daily and weekly in activities that will support our well-being. We have identified below our 'top websites' for advice and guidance that we think could be helpful- there are so many agencies wanting to be helpful but it can feel overwhelming when reading through it all! These sites are simple but effective.

'It is ok to not be ok' is a good mantra, we all have days where it is harder than others. But don’t be afraid of using this page and these suggestions to try and find something that is useful for you! You might be surprised!

Action For Happiness Calendar- Happier January 2021

This website provides a monthly calendar with quick, simple daily activities to trial to support a happier and healthier approach to your well-being. This can be something the whole household engages in to share ideas and thoughts.

Anna Freud for Children and Families- Coronavirus Support

This website is where our previous ‘Mentally Healthy Toolkits’ originated from and continue to be an effective source of ideas and guidance. There are sections directed at Young People as well as at Parents/Carers that you may find effective. It does also have specific guidance for us as professionals across a range of settings. Their support and activities are created by mental health professionals, alongside children and young people and their schools. It contains downloadable hints and tips, as well as guidance to apps to support the whole family in managing these challenging times.

Headstart Kernow- Start Now Well Being Plan

This website provides some good guidance for young people, but specifically provides them with an ability to create their own ‘action plan’ of how they can support their own well-being. It is a step by step guide, asking questions and encouraging thought as to what specifically works for them. Some of our students may have already completed this, but it is a worthwhile activity for them to review. In addition, there is an ability to download a toolkit, as well as requesting support if things are really tricky.

Headstart Kernow- Advice and Guidance for Families

This section of their webpage is essentially a menu of support and allows you to access the following:

  • A range of guidance videos for parents ('WFH and home schooling without tearing your hair out!')
  • Help and guidance on coping with younger children
  • Activities for staying active
  • Activities for well-being
  • Further external support contacts for well-being
  • Alternative home education ideas to supplement their learning
  • Links to support for the remote learning that is topic specific

It is well worth a visit for ideas and guidance

Key Worker Provision

Critical key worker and vulnerable students booking form 1st - 5th February

Poltair School is able to provide ESSENTIAL childcare supervision for the children of CRITICAL key workers and students deemed to be 'vulnerable' between Monday 1st and Friday 5th February.

Students attending this provision will be supervised to independently complete school work. They will not be attending lessons.

If you require your child to attend this provision, please complete the booking form by Wednesday 27th January at 2pm.

Lateral Flow Testing - Students

Following Government guidance, we have developed an Asymptomatic Test Site which is based in our Dance Studio. We have 10 testing bays and a team of trained staff to support your child through their tests. We are aiming to test each student 3 times before issuing their home test kit to ensure they are more confident at completing the test themselves.

You will receive a letter outlining the need to give your consent for your child to be tested- a copy of this can be found here:


Lateral Flow Testing March 2021

Letter to Parents 26 February 2020

This link below be used to provide your consent if you have not done so already:

Here is a video walk through of our testing process with our Staff Lead on COVID Testing Miss Owens

Week beginning 8th March

  • Students will be invited into school for a 30-40min slot with their tutor group to be tested.
  • They will then leave site and return home as soon as their test is completed.
  • Please be aware students cannot wait for their results- these will be sent through to the mobile number or email we hold on SIMS within an hour of testing (it may be longer due to the volume of tests to get through).

Week beginning 15th March

  • Students will attend school as per their normal timetable
  • Testing will be completed within lesson times to ensure all students have their 3 tests
  • At the end of the week, students will be issued with their first ‘Self Test Kit’ to bring home which will contain either 3 or 7 tests
  • Depending on when students completed their final test, they will then need to follow

Testing Process- On site

On arrival to school site, they should enter through the West Gate (between West block and SSC), where they will be met by members of staff who will then direct them up to the Dance Studio.

Students will then enter the buildings through the Fitness Suite rear doors and greeted by one of the testing team who will issue a swab and testing card. There is a short walk through video on our school website under ‘Lateral Flow Testing’ which shows the test site (though please be aware, the site has now been adjusted to test more students).

Students are called through to take their test, the testing team will talk them through this, as well as having access to step by step guidance in poster form in front of them in the testing bay. This short video shows you the process

Once they have completed their test, they will then place the swab into the extractor tube along with their registration card- the test will be processed and results then uploaded. The student will then return to their test bay, clean and sanitize the area ready for the next subject. They will then exit the dance studio via the one way system, and then leave school site through the West Gate entrance.

When students have returned to school and are in lessons, they will be escorted by their teacher to the test site and then return to lessons once all students in their group have been tested.

Testing Process- Self Test Kits

Following their third and final test, students will be issued with a self test kit. These kits have either 3 or 7 full tests (depending on allocation) and each student has a registered kit. These will be delivered to them in their last lesson of the school day to minimise the chances of losing their kit before they get home!

Inside each kit is the following:

  • 7 swabs
  • 7 extractor tubes
  • 7 pipettes of solution
  • 7 test cartridges
  • 7 waste bags
  • 1 extractor tube holder
  • 1 instruction manual

There will be a 'walk through' video on our school website under 'Lateral Flow Testing' that identifies each element and what they are used for, as well as how to upload the results- this will be live on Thursday 11th March.



Students should follow the testing schedule below for their year group and this should be completed (ideally) that morning before any consumption of food/drink and results uploaded:

Test One Test Two
Year 7 Students Monday Thursday
Year 8 Students Monday Thursday
Year 9 Students Saturday Tuesday
Year 10 Students Sunday Wednesday
Year 11 Students Sunday Wednesday

There is clear step by step guidance in the booklet that accompanies your child’s test kit as to how to administer, including how to upload results. The tests must be left for 30minutes before recording the result.

Results should be:

  • Step One: uploaded to NHS Test and Trace either here Report a COVID-19 test result - GOV.UK ( or by calling 119 between 7am and 11pm daily.
  • Step Two: uploaded to school by selecting the relevant link below for your child
Results Uploading
Year 7 Students Year 7 Results
Year 8 Students Year 8 Results
Year 9 Students Year 9 Results
Year 8 Students Year 10 Results
Year 11 Students Year 11 Results

If your child tests positive:

  • they should remain at home and you should follow NHS guidance here in terms of self-isolation for your household. In addition, you should book a PCR test here or call 119 to book a follow-up test. If ordering a PCR test yourselves, you should choose to visit a drive-through test site if possible, as it is faster than requesting a home test.

If your child tests negative:

  • If a student returns a negative test, they will be able to continue their normal activities, including attending school on the date they are invited to do so.

If a close contact of my child tests positive

  • If your child is identified as a close contact by staff, they will need to self-isolate as per the national guidelines identified above. This does not apply to other household members unless your child becomes symptomatic and tests positive themselves.

How can parents and carers support this?

  • Ensure you have discussed both the on-site and self-testing processes with your child to re-assure them that it is a safe and simple process that will help keep them and our community safe
  • Be clear that once their test on site is completed they will then need to return straight home as we remain in a lockdown situation
  • Get in contact with the school if you or your child have any questions or concerns

Please also see the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section below for some additional guidance, or also direct queries to [email protected] where our staff will aim to answer any questions

Domestic Abuse Support During COVID-19

For support with domestic abuse during COVID-19 please click the link below:


School Vouchers - Free School Meals

Families of children that are eligible for free school meals will receive a voucher to the value of £15 per week for Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, M&S Food, LIDL or Waitrose. Poltair School is using to distribute these vouchers. Below is some useful information for you.

If your child is eligible for free school meals then you should have been notified directly by the school and also received one of the following:

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Free Software For Children

Following our upgrade to Office 365 we can now offer all students free licenses to use the latest version of Microsoft Office at home, this includes Microsoft Office on a Mac, and also Microsoft Office on Android or iOS.

Office 365 At Poltair

Click the link above to download your copy now!