Help and support for parents
All of our leaders and staff understand how challenging these times are for parents, carers and their families. We have created this section to keep you in the loop with things at the academy and to offer some additional websites and sources of help and support.
To begin with the academy was using different models of online learning. We have now moved forward and have created a hybrid model of online teaching and online learning. Please see our online learning tabs for more information. These tabs also include a range of additional websites that can help students with their learning.
We have also carried out a questionnaire for parents on our initial work and we have used your feedback to make improvements. We have also followed up the questionnaire with phone calls and further support when needed.
Please do support and help your child:
- by helping them to create a schedule for their school week
- asking them to show you their work and to talk through it with them
- trying to help students with their work, for example if your child is tuck, asking them to talk through their work and where they are stuck can often help. Our teachers are trying their very best to mark and feedback on work so check you child is submitting their work so that teachers can help.
- remaining positive and helping your child to socialise, for example, Skype and facetime.
Having routines is important so having a sharp start to the day with breaks and lunch is important. Please note that our online lessons start at 9.00 am. However, as we develop our use of technology:
Whole school assemblies take place at 8.30 am on a Monday and there are faculty assemblies and tutor time at 8.30 am on other days. Please see our online schedules. Our current plans are that after May half-term the school day will start formally at 8.30 am for all students! Enjoy.
Support for parents of vulnerable students, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities
The academy has remained opened for the above group and prepared a timetable for students who are attending, including social distanced physical education! We have ensured that all social distancing and Government protocols are being followed. If you are a keyworker and you want your child to attend school then please do email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0203 371 3002. The latest list of keyworkers can be found on:
Our SEND students (those who have an Education, health and care plan) have a mixture of online learning, one-to-one tutorials in English, mathematics and science and online support from a member of the SEND team. Our speech and language therapist has also continued with online support and this has been very much appreciated by parents.
Mr Craig Smillie is leading the SEND team during this time and so please email him on email@example.com if you have any questions and/or queries.
Please note that there is some useful help and advice available for parents to help support children with special educational needs during the crisis. This includes:
Top tips for autism and coronavirus: https://petervermeulen.be/2020/03/16/autism-and-the-corona-virus-20-tips/
The Croydon local offer, updated for Covid-19 can be accessed on:
The Harris Invictus Academy Support email
We have created a bespoke email for parents and students to use during the crisis. It is:
We will prioritise dealing with any concerns in relation to our vulnerable group of students but we have a team of staff who will monitor and check any information coming into the email.
Other sources of support and guidance
We are conscious that online learning and students using more internet resources may bring some additional worries. Our staff have received updated training and protocols on safeguarding at this time. We are confident that our use of technology is safe.
However, you may find the following particularly useful:
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The college have identified a range of useful websites and information to help parents and children at this time. The website can be found here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers
The webpage can also be downloaded as a pdf here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/generated-pdf/document/COVID-19---resources-for-parents-and-carers.pdf
Stay at home activities for children and young people
Young Minds – advice for young people on coronavirus
Mind – advice for adults on protecting their mental health and well-being
Croydon Voluntary Action for local support
And a reminder of help for staying safe online – you may wish to discuss this with your child too: