What are the Local Authority plans for September?
At this stage our guidance reflects the latest government update published 9th June. School leaders will want to be planning ahead for September and we accept this. During June we will be consulting Primary Heads Exec, our secondary maintained heads and special schools so that we can produce further guidance by 1st July. We hope to receive confirmation from the DfE of what their intentions are for Education in September, whether there will be central guidance on this or whether this will be more localised.
We appreciate that this is late, however we are reluctant to publish anything too specific too soon as this is likely to change. This will also allow us time to go to the sector and look at whether we can build some consensus around particular scenarios in our maintained schools.
We know that parents will also be anxious.
We would advise that you state to your parent/carer body: ‘As a maintained school we are currently liaising with the Local Authority in terms of our Autumn Term offer with the aim of sharing this early in July, this will be dependent on government guidance and maybe liable to change.’
It is very unlikely that pupils will return exactly as was before the lockdown period.
Latest Guidance for Headteachers - South Gloucestershire council - 8th June
- In line with our original guidance, we would ask that school leaders see evidence from parents/carers of their key worker status that should involve a letter from their employer. They must be able to evidence that the role meets the criteria exactly. You will also need to know why their key worker status may have changed.
- The gradual reopening of more of the service sector shouldn’t on its own see an increase in key workers. It should be noted that under the criteria, pupils of parents who work in: retail establishments such as garden centres or car showrooms, clothing retailers and manufacturers, delivery drivers beyond those that are already defined should not be prioritised a place.
- To avoid any sudden increase in numbers, the Local Authority retain the position of building up the offer (graduated) as appropriate.
- We advise that if parents/carers previously have not requested a place, but do subsequently, that they provide the school with two weeks’ written notice before the school makes any changes. It should be made clear that any change will affect what is currently in place and the school will need to take account of both staffing and accommodation.
- The Local Authority is of the view that it is unlikely that the majority of schools, unless there are changes to government or PHE guidance will be able to accommodate more students due to either accommodation constraints and/or staffing. Therefore, at this stage we suggest that schools do not make plans to extend wider opening.
Exciting News - Whole School Competition
We have another £5 Mall voucher to give away!
This time we would like you to build a model of our school, it could be made out of lego, cardboard, playdough, cake, food, twigs ……anything you would like. You will need to think about the size, shape and layout of the school.
The closing date is Friday 29th May 2020. Please email a photo of your model to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, class and 'Model Competition' in the subject box.
Good luck everyone!
As many of you will be aware, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on Sunday evening. The Prime Minister indicated that the government believes it may be able to implement a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with children in reception, year one and year six. This is part of the government’s conditional plan which it says will remain under regular review.
As school leaders, our priority is always the safety of everyone in the school community and this proposal will have prompted many questions. We are waiting to receive more information from the government about what this means for our school and until then we will be unlikely to be able to answer any questions.
Rest assured school staff and governors are working tirelessly on your behalf and in consultation with the local authority and union leaders so that we can gain a better understanding of the plan and seek further clarification as to the best way forward.
In the short term nothing has changed, and we will provide you with further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.
In the meantime, we will be continuing, as before, to offer home learning activities for all year groups, and our schools remain open on request for children of critical workers and vulnerable children who cannot be safely cared for at home.'
This year marks the 75th anniversary of VE day.
VE Day takes place on Friday 8th May, commemorating the same day back in 1945 when the war finally ended. On that day, people around the round celebrated by having street parties!
VE day is great opportunity for your children to learn about life 75 years ago and what VE day meant to them.
Here are some links to videos and activites to find out about WW2 and VE day.
This is also a nice opportunity to get crafty! Why not create some flags and bunting to decorate with.
You could do some baking and use recipes from the 1940s.
Events still taking place your children can watch and join in with on Friday 8th May:
11 am - 2 minute silence
3pm - On BBC Winston Churchill's victory speech is being shown.
9pm (will be on iplayer to watch another time) The Queen's speech which will be shown at the exact same time her father King George VI addressed the nation.
Avon & Somerset police have reported an increase in incidents of domestic violence since lockdown.
Sadly we know that due to the additional stresses families are facing there are likely to be some who have experienced this.
Home learning guidance
Reasonable expectations for Parents
Exciting News - Whole School Competition
We have 2 £5 Mall vouchers to give away to 2 creative writers! One for EYFS/KS1 and one for KS2.
Your challenge is to create a piece of writing based on the UK’s current circumstances with the coronavirus.
· A story about someone catching the virus.
· Your own diary entry.
· A letter to Boris Johnson.
· Instructions on how to do an activity that you have been doing at home.
· A newspaper report.
· A description of a party that you might have after the lockdown has ended.
· A story about an animal taking over a town as all the humans are home.
· A prediction about how to overcome the virus.
· A letter to the NHS.
· Instructions for a Joe Wicks workout.
· A description of an empty town.
The possibilities are endless!
When we are back in school, we will use all of these to make a whole school book which we can use to remind ourselves of these times.
The closing date is Friday 8th May 2020. Please email your entry into email@example.com with your name, class and 'Writing Competition' in the subject box.
We are looking forward to reading your entries. Good Luck everyone!
To all, parents and carers whose children are not classified as vulnerable: please follow this government advice. The word “Critical” is SO important. Help those whose work is CRITICAL to combating Covid 19 by keeping your children at home if at all possible.
The government STRONGLY advises that if there are vulnerable family members with underlying medical issues i.e.
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
- people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
- people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
We insist that you MUST keep your children at home to keep your family at minimal risk of contracting Corona Virus.
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Online shop link - https;//shop.scholastic.co.uk/
Additional to the online shop, please find below free downloadable resource links, which you can also send out to your school community.
Key Stage 1 Pack: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439121
Lower Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439120
Upper Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.scholastic.co.uk/resources/439108
Rising Stars: an on-line reading scheme
We have a new on-line reading resource for EYFS/KS1
username: childs first name + first letter of surname
centre no: 449532
Books have been allocated based on your child's current reading level
This link contains a free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:
So many children are feeling worried and anxious right now, this could help alleviate some of their fears. It has received some wonderful feedback so we believe it would be useful to get it to as many children as possible.
LCF's online classes for children are proving very popular. A short video is available here:-
Parents can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder LCF is making available its online resources for Primary FREE for the next 3 months.
Simply use the master promo code LCF2020sch to create a single user login at Babelzone (French/Spanish) Englishzone (games/Phonics) or MathsZone (KS1/2 set out by year/topic) for any pupil or teacher.
Links to all these sites are on our homepage www.lcfclubs.com
For queries please email email@example.com or to UNSUBSCRIBE reply with ‘unsub’ as SUBJECT IN SUBJECT LINE to this email.
Updated guidance for The Daily Mile is ready to look at now, in line with current Government guidance, including social distancing and only exercising with household members.
Please share the information about The Daily Mile at Home with your school community. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Daily Mile Foundation
Hi, I hope you are keeping well in these current times.
As we are currently unable to deliver face-to-face courses/workshops, we are excited to announce that we have now developed new Online courses ready to start from next week! Students just need access to a computer and the internet – support can be offered with any technical queries/issues.
Please can you send out/promote the attached CL online course offer starting April/May 2020 – courses include Computing & Digital Skills, English, Family Learning, Health & Wellbeing, Maths and Work skills.
If you are a parent of a primary-school aged child, we have some Family Learning that you can do online with your child/children - have a read below to see what it is all about.
What is Online Family Learning about?
Have fun learning online with your children - join a weekly 90 minute session with an experienced tutor.
Sessions typically start with time for the parent(s) to learn, followed by time when the children join in and the parent(s) gets to put into practice what they have learned whilst interacting with their children.
Join together with other families using online learning, to help you feel less isolated during lockdown, add structure to your day and continue to support your children as they learn valuable skills.
Course numbers are limited to ensure that families get the most out of these learning opportunities, so book now.
Take care everyone
Sam Jones - Community Learning Dev Worker
South Gloucestershire Council
Department for Children, Adults and Health
PO Box 1955 Community Learning, Education, Learning and Skills
Tel: 01454 865943 / 07768 293842
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For a copy of our list of online courses starting April 2020, please click here