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 Update and news during the Coronavirus situation. Updated: 17/04/20 10:30:

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Click here or Principal's video update to students and parents at the end of the first week of school closures.

Click here for Principal's video update to students and parents in regard, home learning, examinations and Key Worker Provision

Daily Update 16/04/20 - 17:30

Today we had no parents by 14:00 book their child to attend this provision on Friday. 

Consequently AUEA’s Key worker provision will be closed Friday 17th April 2020.

To book for this provisionfor next week, please ensure you notify Ruth.acton@auea.co.uk the day before by 14:00.

We remain committed to providing a provision to our Key Worker parents and supporting our vulnerable students and we will willingly open any day the provision is needed. This booking system will continue going forward unless there are additional closures by the Government.   

Update 25/03/20 - 15:30

I am writing to confirm a change in the way that we will be operating our Key Worker provision at Aston University Engineering Academy.

Today we had no students attend this provision as I know that parents wish to keep their children at home since the lockdown. Clearly it is not appropriate as an employer to increase risk for members of staff if the provision is not running.

Consequently AUEA’s Key worker provision will be closed tomorrow – Thursday 26th March 2020.

From Friday 27th March, our provision will only occur if key worker parents or those parents of vulnerable students BOOK the day before. This can be done via emailing Ruth.acton@auea.co.uk. Bookings must be made by 14:00pm on the prior day (or the Friday for Monday).

We remain committed to providing a provision to our Key Worker parents and supporting our vulnerable students and we will willingly open any day the provision is needed. This booking system will continue going forward unless there are additional closures by the Government.   

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

"The safest place for your child is at home. Scientific evidence shows that your child can transmit the virus even if they are not showing any symptoms. Over the last 3 days younger people within the UK have contracted COVID 19. On Sunday an 18 yr old sadly died. It is important that your child understands that they are not invincible." 

  1. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  2. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  3. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

Prior Principal's updates can be found at the bottom of the page

Daniel Locke-Wheaton

Mr Daniel Locke-Wheaton, Principal
principalpa@auea.co.uk

0121 380 0573

DFE UPDATE: Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

Update 24/03/20 - 15:54

There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We continue to ask that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible.

The full stay at home guidance is available at:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

Update 20/03/20

Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

Further details on this announcement can be found here:

·       https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close

Previous AUEA Updates

Update 24/03/20 - 09:00

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of UK Lockdown. I reiterate that students must stay at home and follow the government adviceThis excludes Key Worker's or those with children identified as vulnerable continuing to be able to take them to school. 

Consequently AUEA's Key Worker provision remains open, but with limited staffing. Please continue to follow advice as yesterday requiring you to book provision 24hrs ahead via Ruth.acton@auea.co.uk

Update 23/03/20 - 17:00pm

Clearly as an employer I have to consider the well-being and safety of my staff in operating a provision at AUEA. Due to the low uptake of our Key worker education provision, I will be reducing our capacity extensively. If you planned to uptake this provision or there is a change in circumstance it is vital that you notify the UTC 24hrs ahead, to ensure we have the staffing capacity to take your child. This request should be made to Assistant Principal Ruth.acton@auea.co.uk

Update 23/03/20 - 8:00am

Following the announcement by Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, we have been instructed to close the UTC, for the majority of pupils, from the end of the day on Friday 20th March. 

AUEA will remain open for those eligible under the Critical Worker or vulnerable child protocol. 

Critical worker education: 09:00 - 14:30

If your child was in the UTC on Friday they were issued with a Key worker form. If not the form can be found in the download section at the bottom of this page. 

Parentmail

Communication to parents will also occur direct via Parentmail and we request that all families ensure they can access their account. Please contact ITHelp@auea.co.uk if you have any issues.