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"Teach a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it" - Prov 22: 6

"Teach a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it" - Prov 22: 6

"Teach a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it" - Prov 22: 6

1. What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.


The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.


The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:


cough
difficulty in breathing
fever


Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.


2. How COVID-19 is spread

From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (termed respiratory secretions) containing the virus are most likely to be the most important means of transmission.

There are 2 routes by which people could become infected:

  • secretions can be directly transferred into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or could be inhaled into the lungs
  • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching own face).

There is currently no good evidence that people who do not have symptoms are infectious to others.


3. Preventing spread of infection

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
  • see further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.

Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.

People who have returned from Hubei Province, including Wuhan, in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they leave Hubei Province.

People who have returned from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Iran and Italy in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.

All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school unless advised not to by public health officials.


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Here at ITS we work closely with parents to make sure clear lines of communication are created and maintained. We want all parents to feel informed and fully involved in their child’s learning journey here at ITS.

Our aim is to provide you with enough relevant, interesting and useful information to help you to make the best learning choices for your child.

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Here at ITS we want to make sure your child excels. Our tuition modules are designed so that parents can support their child. We do this in a number of ways:

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Foundation Course

The Programme: This course covers basic principles in English and Maths to prepare for the 11+ and SATs Examinations at a more gradual pace.

Who is it for?: Year 3 students (7 to 8 years)

Intermediate Course

The Programme: The course further consolidates English and Maths principles in preparation for a full one year 11+ and SATs course in Year 5.

Who is it for?: Year 4 students (8 to 9 years)


Advanced Course

The Programme: The course prepares children in English and Maths for the 11+ examinations usually set by selective secondary and grammar schools in the UK. The course is also suitable for children preparing for the SATs examination at year 6.

Who is it for? : Year 5 students (9 to 10 years).

Advanced Intensive Course

The Programme: The course prepares children in English and Maths for the 11+ examinations usually set by selective secondary and grammar schools in the UK. This is an intensive course for students who have missedthe  start of the earlier course but still wish to join later in the year. The course  is also suitable for children preparing for SATs examinations in year 6.

Who is it for?: Year 5 students (9 to 10 years).

Homework

Homework is set, it reinforces the learning message and is a useful way for tutors to ensure that your child is getting the most out of their tuition.

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Attendance

Attendance and absence are monitored in a consistent way and we expect children to attend their tuition programme to mantain good grades

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Each individual child is continually monitored by their tutor to help and support  their learning. You will receive regular reports on your child’s progress.

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We believe that it is important to acknowledge and celebrate a child’s successes. We do so in a variety of ways:

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