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OPEN LETTER FROM MINISTER FORD 30.5.20

Dear All,

We hope you are keeping safe and well in this uncertain time.

Please find below an open letter from Minister Ford that we are circulating for your interest.

Our service remains open should you wish to speak to one of our advisors. We can be contacted via our IAS@rbwm.gov.uk inbox, or you can leave a message on our phone 01628 683 182 which we are checking daily.

With very best wishes

Jean, Chris, Lisa & Millie

Vicky Ford MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families Sanctuary Buildings 20 Great Smith Street Westminster London SW1P 3BT tel: 0370 000 2288 www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus

30 May 2020

To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them

I would like to express my sincere thanks for everything you are doing at this challenging time. I also wanted to explain how the wider opening of schools and other educational settings may affect your family. This letter has been distributed through as many of our partner organisations as possible.

I would be grateful if you could also circulate it widely. I realise that this is a particularly difficult time for children and young people with SEND and their families, and I’m sure that you have lots of questions. As you will be aware, on 28 May the Prime Minister announced that the Government’s five tests had been met and, based on all the evidence, primary schools and early years’ settings will be opening to more children and young people from the week commencing the 1 June. Secondary schools and colleges will begin to offer some face-to-face support to Year 10 and 12 students and 16-19 learners taking key exams next year.

On 26 May, the Department for Education (DfE) published guidance to help colleagues working in local authorities and educational settings to support the needs of children and young people with SEND through the process of wider opening to more children and young people. The full guidance is available at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-riskassessment-guidance

We have produced this guidance with help from SEND sector organisations, including parent carer forums and representatives, to outline pragmatic approaches that local authorities, educational settings, and parents or carers may wish to take to support children and young people with SEND throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance updates our existing advice to local authorities on risk assessments to determine which children and young people should be attending their education setting. It now also includes advice on how to approach the phased return to face-to-face education for children and young people with SEND.

I want to assure you that safety will always be our primary concern. Local authorities and educational settings should work with families to bring children and young people back to face-to-face education to ensure they receive the support that every child or young person deserves.

This new guidance sets out that children and young people with SEND in mainstream and Alternative Provision settings who have not been attending and are in eligible year groups should experience the same return to their school/college or contact with their teachers as their peers without SEND in the same year group. We recognise that each individual child with SEND has their own needs, so decisions should be based on each child’s risk assessment with families and schools working together. Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools should work towards welcoming back as many children and young people as can be safely catered for in their setting based on risk assessments but not using their year group as a primary deciding factor. Educational settings and local authorities should keep risk assessments up to date, to ensure they are able to offer places to pupils and students, whatever year group they are in, where circumstances have changed.

I know that there has been a huge amount of change at this time, so if you want more details, you may also wish to read further guidance including:

• Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 and actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak, which sets out the overarching aims and principles of wider opening and the next steps for education and childcare providers.

• Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings.

• Guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care, including the use of PPE in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

• Guidance on isolation in residential educational settings.

• Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.

• Guidance on the changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus.

I realise that whilst the coronavirus pandemic has affected us all, children and young people with SEND and their families have often faced particularly acute challenges. This is why I was happy to announce on 19 May that the Family Fund will receive funding of £37.3 million in 2020-21. The Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have children with disabilities or severe medical conditions, and this funding includes £10 million which has been allocated to help families in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. More details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complexneeds

You can also keep up to date by regularly checking the gov.uk webpages and if you want to speak to an advisor from the DfE, please do call the DfE Coronavirus helpline which we have established for local authorities, providers and parents. The number is 0800 046 8687, and lines are open 8am-6pm (Monday – Friday), and 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).

The Council for Disabled Children has also pulled together a wide set of resources to respond to frequently asked questions: https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/covid-19- support-and-guidance.

Finally, I would like to express my personal gratitude towards all those in the SEND sector for continuing to care for, teach and support vulnerable children and young people in these difficult times.

Yours sincerely,

Vicky Ford MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families

 

 

 

UPDATE 1.6.20

 Department of Education

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider Wider opening of educational settings

Today, children in early years, Reception, year 1 and year 6 began returning to primary schools and early years settings. We would like to thank teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education who have continued to support children throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and have worked hard to prepare for the wider opening of education and childcare settings.

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene posters

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu/eng_home.aspx?cc=eng&ss=1&t=Information%20about%20the%20Coronavirus

Updated guidance on supply of personal protective equipment (PPE)

If education or childcare settings cannot obtain the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need, they should approach their local authority to help. Local authorities should, wherever possible, support them to access local PPE markets and available stock.

If the local authority is not able to meet the PPE needs of education and childcare providers, the local authority should approach their nearest local resilience forum which will allocate stock if it is available.

If neither the local authority or local resilience forum is able to respond to an education or childcare setting’s unmet urgent need for PPE, the setting will need to make their own judgement in line with their risk assessment as to whether it is safe to continue to operate.

If children’s homes, secure children’s homes, residential special schools, or other children’s social care settings have an unmet urgent need for PPE in order to operate safely, they should continue to approach their local resilience forum.

Information on PPE can be found in the guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have updated our guidance on temporary legislative changes to education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments to include information on cases in progress on 1 May 2020 when the amended regulations came into force, annual reviews requirements for those with EHC plans who are transitioning between phases of their education, actions following a tribunal ruling, and the unchanged duties in relation to social care provision.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-law-on-education-health-and-care-needs-assessments-and-plans-due-to-coronavirus

Space related educational resources for home schooling

The UK Space Agency has published a collection of space related educational resources that schools, parents and carers can use when teaching their children at home.

The resources are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/space-related-educational-resources-for-home-schooling

Updated advice for tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors

The Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration has updated their guidance for tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors in the UK who are supporting those affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The arrangements for students who are distance learning will apply until 31 July 2020, when they will be reviewed.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-tier-2-4-and-5-sponsors

 opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june

Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools

Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

 

UPDATE 29.5.20

 Department of Education

Updated information on the educational settings status form and attendance registers

Thank you for completing this daily return. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe. As we move into this new phase, we will be making some changes to the form from Monday to reflect that schools are opening more widely. We will be asking you to provide information including:

  • how many children are attending in eligible year groups
  • numbers of vulnerable children and children of critical workers attending
  • numbers of staff attending

It is essential that you continue to complete this form, every day, so that we can monitor provision and any changes to the impact of the virus.

From the 1 June, schools should also resume taking their usual attendance registers. Our guidance on completing the attendance register, along with which codes to use is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings

Guidance for further education and skills training provision

Further education settings can invite learners aged 16-19, who have key assessments and examinations next year, back into education settings for face-to-face support from 15 June. We have published guidance that sets out considerations for preparing to open to more learners and putting in place protective measures to limit the transmission of coronavirus.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Notices to temporarily remove or relax statutory requirements in education and childcare

We recognise that during the coronavirus outbreak, flexibility will be needed in education and childcare settings. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Secretary of State for Education can issue notices to temporarily remove or relax statutory requirements and provisions in academy arrangements where this is an appropriate and proportionate action relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus. The Secretary of State for Education has issued four notices to:

  • disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus outbreak, so that parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend school.
  • modify pupil registration requirements so that a child attending a school on a temporary basis because of the coronavirus outbreak should not be registered as a pupil and should return to their usual school once it reopens.
  • disapply the duty on Ofsted to undertake regular inspections of state-funded schools within prescribed intervals. Duties on other bodies to provide a statement of action and relating to the inspection of collective worship and denominational education are also disapplied.
  • modify the duty on local authorities to secure special educational provision and on health commissioning bodies to arrange health provision in accordance with education, health and care (EHC) plans, so that they can discharge this by using their ‘reasonable endeavours’.

The notices apply from 1 June 2020 to 30 June 2020. We will continuously review whether these notices are an appropriate and proportionate action in all the circumstances relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus. Further notices may be made as a result.

 

 

UPDATE 29.5.20

 Department of Education

Primary schools and early years settings opening to more pupils from 1 June

The Prime Minister has confirmed that the government’s five tests are now being met, and based on all the evidence we will now move forward with plans for the wider opening of education and early years settings. From 1 June, primary schools will begin to welcome back children in Reception, year 1 and year 6, while nurseries and other early years providers will begin welcoming back children of all ages.

Full details of this announcement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-press-conference-statement-on-the-five-tests-28-may-2020

Changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus outbreak

We have published guidance on the temporary changes we have made to the school exclusion process due to the coronavirus outbreak. The arrangements come into force on 1 June 2020 and will apply to all exclusions occurring from then until 24 September 2020 (inclusive of those dates).

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-exclusion

Updated guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the provision of free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak to include updated information on the provision of meals for pupils attending school, the national voucher scheme and the use of food parcels.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

Updated guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home during the coronavirus outbreak to include information on supporting a child’s mental health and wellbeing.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-aged-2-to-4-to-learn-at-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, including children under the age of 5 years. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers


update 28.9.20

 Department of Education

Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service

The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched today and will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service

Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance

Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

Updated guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

We have updated the guidance on isolation for residential educational settings to include updated information on the symptoms of coronavirus and the definition of a ‘household’ in a residential setting.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings

Department for Transport travelling advice for parents and pupils

The Department for Transport has issued advice on how parents and pupils can travel to school safely as part of the #TravelSafely campaign. Resources have been developed to ensure that parents, pupils and staff have the information they need to stay safe on the public transport network. This includes information developed in collaboration with respected partners on how to cycle and walk safely, where possible.

Resources can be found here:

https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/safer-transport-campaign/schools/

 

UPDATE 27.5.20

 Department of Education

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june

Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools

Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

UPDATE 27.5.20

 Department of Education

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june

Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools

Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

UPDATE 22.5.20

 Department of Education

Remote education during the coronavirus outbreak

We have been working with schools to develop guidance for remote education based on the current experiences and practices of teachers and school leaders.

Guidance on remote education practice for schools during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-practice-for-schools-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance for schools on supporting pupils’ wellbeing and providing pastoral care can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-pupils-wellbeing

Updated guidance for schools on adapting teaching practice for remote education can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/adapting-teaching-practice-for-remote-education

Guidance on adapting teaching practice for remote education at a special needs secondary schools can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/adapting-teaching-practice-for-remote-education-at-a-special-needs-secondary-school

Updated guidance on safeguarding procedures when teaching remotely can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safeguarding-and-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Case studies on remote education during the coronavirus outbreak

We have published additional case studies providing examples of remote education practice during the coronavirus outbreak. These case studies have been gathered by consulting with schools and academies across England and are based on the current experiences and practices of teachers and school leaders.

The case studies can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/case-studies-remote-education-practice-for-schools-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Updated poster providing guidance on hygiene in educational settings

Public Health England has published an updated poster that provides guidance on hygiene in educational settings.

The poster can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for schools on reporting on pupil performance

We have updated our guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents. This guidance has been updated to support teachers to prepare annual reports for parents following the cancellation of the 2019 to 2020 national curriculum assessments and the partial closure of schools due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance for headteachers on reporting to parents on pupil performance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-reports-on-pupil-performance-guide-for-headteachers

The guidance for schools on reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-to-parents-at-the-end-of-key-stages-1-and-2

Educational setting status form

From 1 June 2020 at the earliest, we are asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups.

At this point, schools should resume taking the attendance register. We will provide further guidance shortly on how to record attendance in the register during this time.

At the same time, we will be launching an updated educational setting status form. The updated form will ask settings to provide information about staff and pupil numbers, reasons for absence, educational provision being made for the children attending, and free school meals. Your data is a vital part of the government’s response and will be used by government to support decision making.

Thank you to the volunteers who participated in our user research and provided feedback on the educational setting status form. The current online form can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings

 

 

UPDATE 21.5.20

 Department of Education

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak

We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance on helping secondary school children continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

We have updated our guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Updated guidance on early years initial teacher training requirements

We have updated our guidance for early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers on entry requirements and the process if entrants to early years ITT are unable to demonstrate the required GCSE equivalent entry standard, as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-itt-requirements-supporting-advice

University students collecting their belongings from student accommodation

We have updated our guidance for higher education providers to include information on students wishing to leave their student accommodation or return to collect their belongings in England.

The guidance on leaving or returning to collect belongings from student accommodation can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-he-providers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

 

 

important message regarding school re-opening 20.5.20

Dear Parents and Carers

Following on from last week’s communication, first let me thank you for the speed with which many of you have responded to the questionnaire and remind anyone who hasn’t yet done so that we will need these returned before we can take your child back into school.
 
We need to prepare classrooms and staff need to be fully briefed on the new expectations before we can begin our new operating procedures; therefore,  the school will be closed to students with the exception of a very small number of children on both the 1st and 2nd of June. If you are a parent of a student currently attending, you will be contacted by a member of the leadership team about arrangements for this.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Warren Griffiths.   We will open to all the students we currently have regularly attending on the 3rd June and we’ll begin the process of welcoming back more students from the 8th June.
 
We will be publishing both the draft risk assessment and the operating protocol by the end of the week. This will give everyone time over half term to respond with any comments or questions they may have. If we can have your responses by the 2nd of June, we will be able to consider them before we publish the version we will operate under on the 5th of June before more students return to school.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity via the official ‘Thank at Teacher Day’ to thank all my staff for their hard work and flexibility during these unusual times. I hope parents will join me in showing appreciation to the class teams who’ve supported them.

 

 

UPDATE 20.5.20

 Department of Education

Celebrating Thank a Teacher Day

Today we are saying thank you to teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak. To mark the day, you can send a free thank you card to a colleague.

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, said: “Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a great opportunity to thank everyone working in education, but I especially wanted to express my respect and admiration for all staff in nurseries, schools and colleges for going above and beyond to help this country tackle coronavirus and continue to support young people.”

Free thank you cards can be found here:

https://thankateacher.co.uk/

To find out more about what the department is doing celebrate, sign up to our teacher mailing list here:

https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDFE/subscriber/new

Updated guidance on the apprenticeship programme

We have updated our guidance for apprentices, employers and training providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This update includes additional information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the government’s new safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and redundant apprentices.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response

Updated guidance on safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on safeguarding in education and childcare settings during the coronavirus outbreak as they plan for wider opening. The guidance includes advice on updating the child protection policy, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health support for children and young people.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers

Reminder to submit the daily online attendance return to the Department for Education

Please continue to provide information on your educational setting’s status during the coronavirus outbreak. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe.

The online form can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings

 

 

UPDATE 19.5.20

 Department of Education

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers

Updated guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak with information on preparing for the wider opening of schools, including guidance on water systems, ventilation, fire safety and cleaning.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-school-premises-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings

We have published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June, at the earliest.

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Monday 25 May Bank Holiday opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:

10am to 4pm – Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 26 May:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline

 

UPDATE 18.5.20

 Department of Education

Secretary of State for Education’s statement on coronavirus

Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, spoke at the daily press conference on Saturday about the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and plans for schools safely opening to more pupils.

The transcript of the speech can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-16-may

Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance for education settings and local authorities on supporting vulnerable children and young people. This now reflects plans for more year groups to return to education settings and confirms that vulnerable children and young people remain a priority and are expected to attend if appropriate.

This guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Updated guidance on the actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes confirmation that we are asking childcare providers to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, information on the provision that childminders can currently provide and when they can reopen to more children, and information for parents on the temporary changes to the 30 hours free early education entitlements.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

Guidance on awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Ofqual has published additional information for heads of centre, heads of department and teachers on objectivity in grading and ranking when awarding grades for GCSE, AS and A levels in summer 2020.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Updated guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the provision of free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak to reflect the plans for the wider opening of schools from 1 June, at the earliest.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

 

 

UPDATE 15.5.20

 Department of Education

Preparing for wider opening of schools: a planning guide for primary schools

We have published a planning guide for primary school leaders to help them open their schools to more pupils from week commencing 1 June. The guide has been designed by school leaders for school leaders. It is intended to be a starting point from which those responsible for mainstream primary schools can develop their plans for wider opening to include all pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. This planning guide builds on the recently published planning framework.

The planning guide for primary schools can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june

The initial planning framework for schools in England can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

New guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

We have published new guidance on preventing and controlling infection, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is for all staff in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, young people and parents. This guidance explains the principles of infection prevention and control to enable safe working during the coronavirus outbreak including advice on minimising contact, changes to work practices, hand and respiratory hygiene, increased cleaning of the environment and when you might need to use PPE.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care

Updated guidance on the actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This update provides further information to plan for wider opening, including what to consider and the steps to take when planning increased attendance. We have also updated the information on safeguarding and mental health support.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

 

 

update 14.5.20

 Department of Education

Preparations for national thank a teacher day – Wednesday 20 May

On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use.

The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here:

https://thankateacher.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Thank-a-Teacher-Day-2020-Tool-Kit.pdf

Additional guidance for maintained schools, academy trusts, colleges and universities on procurement policy note 02/20

We have published guidance to help schools, academy trusts and post-16 educational establishments in higher education and further education understand how policy procurement note (PPN) 02/20 guidance applies to them. The PPN sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus outbreak.

The additional guidance for state-funded schools can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0220-supplier-relief-due-to-covid-19

The additional post-16 educational sector guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

Coronavirus testing eligibility and how test and testing kits work

Anyone in England showing symptoms of coronavirus who has to leave the home to go to work, or is aged 65 and over, is eligible for testing along with members of their households with symptoms. This is in addition to all essential workers with symptoms.

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has published guidance for members of the public and patients about coronavirus tests and testing kits, including information on the different types of tests available and how they work.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-tests-and-testing-kits-for-coronavirus-covid-19-work

Updated guidance from the Student Loans Company

Deputy CEO of the Student Loans Company, David Wallace, is advising students thinking about going to university for the first time this autumn to complete their funding applications online as soon as possible.

New students are being asked to submit their applications before 22 May 2020. The deadline for returning student applications is 19 June.

Applications for student finance can be made here:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

The Student Loans Company has updated their guidance for prospective students to include guidance for those whose academic year is extended because of the coronavirus outbreak and for migrant worker student applicants.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-current-students

Reminder to submit the daily online attendance return to the Department for Education

Please continue to provide information on your educational setting’s status during the coronavirus outbreak. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe.

The online form can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings

 

 

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER 13.5.20

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope this communication finds you well and in tolerable circumstances.

I am sure you will all have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement of the plans to come out of the current lock down. More detailed guidance for schools was published at 7pm on 11 May, the full documents are linked at the end of this letter.

Special schools are not bound by the advice regarding which year groups we should prioritise, so we will be looking at a variety of other factors as we gradually increase the number of students offered a place. Please rest assured that there is no pressure on parents to accept a school place and all usual attendance expectations and monitoring will remain paused until such  time as the government advice on this changes.

As I know you will appreciate, the gradual reopening of the school during an on-going pandemic is hugely complex and not without risk. Maintaining the safety and wellbeing of the whole school community will be our key objective and to achieve this we all need to work in close partnership with honesty and transparency. In the spirit of this, I need to be clear with everyone, there is no such thing as social distancing in a school such as ours.

The Government guidance states testing will be available for any member of staff, student or member of the student's household who develops symptoms. However, as I’m sure you realise, there will be no way of being certain that Covid19 is not present in the school. There will undeniably be a risk of the virus being transmitted by asymptomatic students or staff, or by people before symptoms have started to become apparent. If we do get confirmed cases all students and staff in the class grouping will have to isolate for 14 days.  We will be keeping groupings consistent in order to achieve this.   

We will be writing a protocol for both staff and parents that sets out our new procedures and expectations, along with a full risk assessment.  We will get this circulated as soon as possible. We will also be consulting with both staff and parents on this before implementation. The first step in consulting parents will be a conversation with your class teacher or HLTA about your current thoughts on your child returning to school before September. This is an informal consultation simply to gauge demand for places and current concerns. We hope to have completed this first step by Friday 15th of May, so please do make time for this conversation unless you have already spoken about this previously.

Next week, our next step for parents will be a more detailed questionnaire about your thoughts and family circumstances. This will include questions that are essential for us to fully risk assess individual students and prioritise places to those in greatest need of them. We will require a swift return of these, especially from parents who would want a place offered as soon as possible after the 1st of June.  We won’t be able to offer a place to any further students without these, as they will contain key questions we need to consider in our risk assessments. Parents who return these by 5pm  on Wednesday 20th  May will be informed before half term if their child is to be offered a place to return to school after the 1st of June.

Parents need to be aware that provision offered in June will not be the familiar routine of school as it was just before we closed. Students will be grouped with different peers in different classrooms and the curriculum will be well-being focused rather than academic learning. We will ensure there is at least one member of staff who is familiar to the students and trained on their medical needs, unless more are required by the individual risk assessment for students. We will also not be able to guarantee to maintain the offer for the rest of the academic year as our risk assessments will need to be dynamic in these very uncertain times.  

I hope parents will continue to keep the lines of communication open and work in collaboration with the school.  We are still here for you ‘virtually’ as necessary at the moment.

Take care and stay safe.

Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher

 

 

UPDATE 13.5.20

 Department of Education

Opening schools for more children and young people: initial planning framework for schools in England

All schools are different, and it is not possible for government to set specific national guidelines that could be universally applicable. Instead, we have created a framework to help school leaders and academy trusts to start thinking through the steps they might need to take to enable them to open their schools for more pupils. The framework is designed for schools. Further guidance for childcare providers and colleges will be published shortly.

The framework can be found here:

Guidance on the wider opening of early years settings

Our published guidance sets out that, subject to conditions, childminders and all early years settings can open to more children from 1 June.

In line with the Prime Minister’s roadmap of the COVID-19 recovery strategy, encouraging people who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, and to align with the Government’s position on nannies, we will be updating our guidance for early years settings to confirm that paid childcare can be provided to the children of one household from Wednesday 13 May.

This includes childminders, who may choose to look after the children of one household if they are not already looking after vulnerable children or those of critical workers.

Update on the national voucher scheme for free school meals (FSM)

On Tuesday 12 May our national voucher scheme supplier, Edenred, reported that voucher codes totalling more than £70m have been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families. To ensure that your orders are processed effectively, please order multiple eCodes together wherever possible.

Full details of the scheme can be found here:

 

 

 

UPDATE 12.5.20

 Department of Education

Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings

Yesterday we published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June.

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Safer travel guidance for passengers during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Transport has published guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreak, providing information on walking, cycling, using private vehicles, travelling in taxis and on public transport. Information on children travelling on public transport is also provided in this guidance.

The guidance can be found here:

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is to help employers and employees understand how to work safely and covers offices, labs and research facilities, construction and factories which may be relevant to some education settings.

The guidance can be found here:

 

UPDATE 12.5.20

 Department of Education

 

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The government has published its roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the coronavirus outbreak. This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus outbreak and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus.

The roadmap can be found here:

Frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak have also been published. Those relating to schools and childcare can be found at section 6:

Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June

From 1 June we expect to be able to ask primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6. We will also ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support before the summer holidays to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year. Nurseries and other early years providers, including childminders, will also be asked to begin welcoming back children from 1 June. Existing arrangements for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers in all settings will continue, and we encourage all eligible children in these priority groups to attend.

We have published guidance for education and childcare settings on the actions required to prepare for wider opening from 1 June. In this document we set out the overarching aims and principles of this next phase. We will work with the sector to produce further guidance ahead of 1 June.

The guidance can be found here:

Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

We have published guidance on the implementation of protective measures in education and childcare settings. There are important actions that can be taken to open settings to more children in the safest way possible, focusing on protective measures that can be put in place to limit the risk of the virus spreading.

The guidance can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people

We have published guidance for parents and carers on the opening of schools and other education settings to more children. This guidance provides information on when and how we will open education settings to more children.

The guidance can be found here:


The information below has not changed.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

Our main schools guidance, the ‘actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak’ will be regularly kept up to date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from:

 
     
 

 

UPDATE 11.5.20

 Department of Education

Phased opening of early years settings and schools to more pupils from 1 June

Yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus. The Prime Minister announced that from 1 June at the earliest, primary pupils may be able to begin going back into school in stages, beginning with Reception, year 1 and year 6. Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get some time with their teachers before the summer holidays. We will also ask childcare settings to prepare to open for more children from 1 June.

We will publish further guidance setting out more information for early years, schools and colleges later today. We will send a second email update once they are available on GOV.​UK.

The transcript and recording of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation can be found here:

Updated guidance on early years initial teacher training (ITT) requirements

We have updated our guidance for providers that offer early years ITT to reflect the measures to be taken during the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

Updated guidance on the actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This update includes new sections on high needs funding for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and traineeship flexibilities, updates on functional skills flexibility in apprenticeships and the acceptance of confirmation emails for qualification achievement from awarding organisations.

The guidance can be found here:

Updated guidance on conducting a special educational needs and disability (SEND) risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance for settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance has been updated to reflect the SEND regulation changes, new information on how the guidance affects children and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan and a social worker, new information on how to keep staff and pupils safe and reducing the risk of infection in educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:

 

 

 

UPDATE 6.5.20

 Department of Education

Guidance on remote education practices for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published guidance on remote education practice for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance is based on the current experiences and practices of teachers and school leaders with case studies and information about:

  • supporting pupils’ wellbeing
  • adapting teaching practice for remote education
  • adapting the curriculum for remote education
  • keeping pupils motivated and engaged

The guidance can be found here:

The case studies can be found here:

Guidance on getting technology support for children and schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

Department for Education funding for training on digital platforms

We recently announced that we have partnered with Google and Microsoft to help schools to access education platforms. To support schools get set up and use the resource effectively, government-funded training of up to £2,000 is available.

Schools can apply for this funding through the Key for School Leaders:

Schools and colleges can register their interest to receive peer-led advice and training on the use of online platforms here:

Eligibility for government childcare offers protected

The government has announced that any working parent usually eligible for 30 hours free childcare or Tax-Free Childcare will remain eligible if they fall below the minimum income requirement due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Subject to Parliamentary approval, parents who are critical workers will also remain eligible for these entitlements if their income has increased over the maximum threshold during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This temporary flexibility will ensure critical workers can continue to access the childcare they need to enable them to work. These arrangements will be reviewed over the summer.

This announcement can be found here:

Ofqual publishes initial decisions on GCSE and A level grading proposals for 2020

Ofqual has published their initial decisions on the consultation for the exceptional arrangements they have put in place for awarding GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer.

Ofqual has announced that students entered for these exams in year 10 and below will be eligible to receive calculated grades this summer.

Further details on the outcome of the consultation can be found here:

 

 

UPDATE 5.5.20

 Department of Education

Educational setting status form – request for feedback

We are looking for volunteers to test improvements to our educational settings status online form and provide feedback over the coming days and weeks. We are looking to speak to those who collate the information and complete the daily form through short remote sessions.

If you are able to help, please send your name and contact details to:

Actions for higher education providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have published guidance for higher education providers on the Government support package for universities and students, and the process for clearing and student number controls during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

Students should also read the student guide to coronavirus (COVID-19) published by the Office for Students for information about securing a place at university, the clearing process, accommodation, and finance.

The student guide can be found here:

New virtual cyber initiative for teenagers

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced an online initiative that aims to inspire school pupils to work in the cyber security sector through a range of extracurricular activities including online classes. This provides the opportunity to learn and develop the important skills required for future jobs in areas like cyber security from home.

Full details of this announcement and the resources available can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Friday 8 May Bank Holiday opening hours

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.

Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the early May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:

10am to 4pm – Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Our standard opening hours will resume on Monday 11 May:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

 

 

update 4.5.20

 Department of Education

 

 

Educational setting status form

Please accept our apologies for any problems you may have experienced on Friday 1 May when accessing the DfE Sign-in to submit your status and attendance data. We have resolved these issues and the service is now available again.

Please continue to provide information on your educational setting’s status during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you were unable to submit your attendance data figures on Friday, please submit only today’s figures in your return.

The online educational setting status form is available here:

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the Friday 8 May Bank Holiday, a link to the updated admissions appeals guidance and updates to the support and educational resources available to parents to help them educate their children at home.

The guidance can be found here:

Private candidates entered for GCSEs, AS and A levels

Ofqual has published an update to its guidance on private candidates entered for GCSEs, AS and A levels this summer.

The guidance can be found here:

The Joint Council for Qualifications has published supplementary information which is available here:

Schools, colleges and other exam centres that have accepted entries from private candidates for exams this summer should contact those candidates as soon as possible to let them know whether they will be able to provide centre assessment grades for them and include them in their centre’s rank order. Centres should seek advice from the exam board on more complex cases.

Government support package for universities and students

The Government has today announced a range of measures to protect students and the higher education sector from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The stabilisation and support measures include temporary student number controls and £100m of public funding being brought forward to this academic year to help protect university research activities. In addition, an estimated £2.6bn of tuition fee payments will be bought forward to help universities better manage financial risks over the autumn.

This announcement can be found here:

Updated guidance on the induction of newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated the guidance on the induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We recognise that the current situation will impact on the number of days NQTs may be absent this academic year. Absences related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will not count towards the 30 day absence limit or trigger an automatic extension of the induction.

The guidance can be found here:


The information below has not changed since yesterday.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

Our main schools guidance, the ‘actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak’ will be regularly kept up to date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from:

 
     
 

 

 

UPDATE 30.4.20

 Department of Education

 

McColl’s joins the free school meals national voucher scheme

McColl’s has joined the list of supermarkets that will redeem vouchers secured through the free school meals national voucher scheme. Supermarkets available also include Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, M&S, Asda and Morrisons.

Guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

HM Revenue and Customs has published a step by step guide that explains the information that employers need to provide to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and also describes the processes involved.

This guide can be found here:


The information below has not changed since yesterday.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

Our main schools guidance, the ‘actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak’ will be regularly kept up to date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from:

 
 

 

 

update 29.4.20

 Department for Education

 

Guidance on the use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus (COVID-19)

This new guidance sets out how, in exceptional circumstances, local authorities may use their dedicated schools grant (DSG) funding differently during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is so the children of critical workers and vulnerable children who are eligible for the free early education entitlements are able to receive their places.

The guidance can be found here:

Updated guidance on the actions for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This update includes information on the testing of education and childcare workers, provision of education on the 08 May Bank Holiday, and the continuation of recruitment.

The guidance can be found here:

Students in England encouraged to apply now for student finance

The Student Loans Company has confirmed that the application service will remain open to students as part of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are encouraging students in England to apply for student finance as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place for the new academic year.

New students are being asked to submit their applications before 22 May 2020. The Student Loans Company is contacting returning students to remind them to reapply for their next year’s student finance. The deadline for these applications is 19 June.

Applications for student finance can be made here:

Public Health England has updated their guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Public Health England has published guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

The guidance can be found here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing eligibility extended to help protect the most vulnerable

The government has announced that anyone in England showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) who has to leave the home to go to work, or is aged 65 and over, is eligible for testing along with members of their households with symptoms. This is in addition to all essential workers with symptoms. Testing can be booked through a new online system.

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available can be found here:


The information below has not changed since yesterday.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

Our main schools guidance, the ‘actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak’ will be regularly kept up to date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from:

 
 

 

UPDATE 22.4.20

 

 Department for Education

 

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and must be in one of the following groups:

Responsible bodies will need to work with schools to identify eligible young people, and then place an order through our website when it launches later this week. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children do not have an internet connection, they will also receive a 4G router.

Schools will be able to keep these devices once they’ve reopened, allowing children and young people to continue to learn and receive support at home in the future.

Any 16 to 19-year olds in education without a suitable device and/or connectivity to study remotely and whose family can’t afford these costs will also be eligible for support via the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Decisions on support will be made by education providers.

 

Funding and financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

We have published guidance that sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children’s social care providers in England.

This guidance can be found here:

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) risk assessment guidance

We have published guidance on risk assessment for settings supporting children and young people with an education, health and care plan during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

Guidance for schools on safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published guidance to help schools and teachers understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This guidance can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children.

The guidance can be found here:

Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The guidance for education settings and local authorities on supporting vulnerable children and young people has been updated. This update includes clarification to the existing guidance on attendance.

This guidance can be found here:

 

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

Our main guidance for schools, the ‘school closures guidance’, will be regularly kept up-to-date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from it:

 
 

 

UPDATE 2.4.20

Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online

We have updated our information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

UPDATE 1.4.20

National voucher scheme launched for schools providing free school meals

Children eligible for free school meals can benefit from a national voucher scheme whilst they stay at home. This delivers on the Government’s commitment to provide ongoing support for the 1.3 million children that would receive benefits-related free school meals at their school.

Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.

Parents will receive the voucher through their child’s school, which can then be redeemed online via a code, or sent to their house as a gift card and used at supermarkets across the country.

Today, schools will receive an email from the Department for Education’s chosen supplier, Edenred, explaining how to access and administer the voucher scheme locally.

Full details of this scheme can be found here:

UPDATE 31.3.20

Government advice is that schools should add an addendum/appendix to cover safeguarding arrangements during current situation. We have added the following:

  1. On a weekly basis, the Leadership Team will review our students that will be provided with a place at school whilst school is formally closed. Decision as to which students will be offered a place will include considerations such as whether parents' are critical workers and/or there are significant safeguarding concerns. This will be balanced against known health factors and whether the safer option is for the student to remain at home.
  2. Where a student has an allocated Social Worker for safeguarding purposes, communication will be had with the Social Worker to update them as to our decision on whether the student can/can't come into school.
  3. For students that are being home educated, weekly communication with them or the their parents will be carried out by class staff. Any safeguarding concerns that staff have during this communication will still be reported to a member of the safeguarding team, in the same way that a concern would be reported were the student in school. However, given that most staff will be remote working at this time, safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Head of Wellbeing and Safeguarding via email (with Head of Department also notified)
  4. For students that are in school, safeguarding concerns will be reported in the usual manner i.e. face to face or on a safeguarding concern form to a DSL.

 

UPDATE 30.3.20

New guidance about safeguarding in schools and further education

We have published new guidance for schools and further education to support them to keep children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:

Our main guidance for schools, the ‘school closures guidance’, will be regularly kept up-to-date. Any new advice for schools on specific issues, such as food, exams or safeguarding, will be linked from it:

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and whenever you return home.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

 

 

UPDATE 25.3.20

Guidance on implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

We have published new guidance on how to implement social distancing in education and childcare settings. This guidance also gives advice for individuals in vulnerable health groups:

It is important to read this alongside the overall guidance for social distancing:

Staying at home guidance

Yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus (COVID-19) and asked people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

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:

UPDATE 24.3.20

 Department of Education

Guidance on what schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have published new guidance for schools about temporarily closing and the principles we’d like all schools to follow:

 

 

update 23.3.20

 Department of Education

From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:

  • children of critical workers
  • vulnerable children

We have published guidance for parents and carers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

CRITICAL WORKERS

If parents' work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.

The Government has published a list of critical workers:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

GUIDANCE ON VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

 

 

 

UPDATE 20.3.20

Dear Parents/Carers

We appreciate how difficult and unsettling the past week has been as a result of our school closure. These are uncertain times making it extremely difficult to plan so we appreciate the patience and understanding that you have shown in your communication with us.

The school is following guidelines set out by the government:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

This guidance sets out the key principles we should be working to. The most important one is “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be."  It also states “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.”   The government has defined ‘vulnerable’ as including children with EHCPs, however, as all our students have EHCPs it is not possible for the school to meet this as there is also an expectation that the numbers in schools will be low, which reduces the risk.   We also believe we should not be taking children who meet the medical criteria for social distancing for 12 weeks, as previously shared.

Moving forward, we will be opening between 9.30 and 2.30 from Monday to a very small cohort of students; these students being selected on the basis of parents/carers being in Key Worker roles or the students having significant vulnerability which may require formal Social Care support. If your child comes under one of these categories then we will be contacting you directly by telephone to discuss arrangements. If you are not contacted directly by us,  then please take this as school being closed to your child until further notice and you will continue to receive work sent by your child's class team.

There is some potential for our staff to provide various outreach services to students who can't come into school. If you would like to discuss this outreach option please email warren.griffiths@manorgreenschool.co.uk

There is further government guidance for parents here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher

 

 

 

KEYWORKERS 19.3.20

Dear Parent/Carers

Whilst we wait on the government to define updated criteria for Key Workers we are in the process of trying to ascertain the number of students we have whose parents/carers are Key Workers in this current climate.

If you therefore consider yourself to be a Key Worker and have no other childcare available to you during the on-going school closure period, could you please email warren.griffiths@manorgreenschool.co.uk or text 07944 635443 giving details of your child and the nature of your employment.

To re-iterate, the school remains closed to all students until further notice, we are still working closely with the Local Authority in this swiftly moving crisis.

Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher

 

 

UPDATE 19.3.20

Dear Parents / Carers

Many of you will be aware of the government announcement made yesterday evening regarding schools being directed to close until further notice from the end of the day on Friday. Further guidance though directs schools to remain open for students that have a parent who is a Key Worker or if the student is deemed as vulnerable e.g. they have an Education, Health and Care Plan or allocated Social Worker.

The basis of this direction works on the premise that schools will be able to operate on skeleton staff as there will be a significantly reduced number of students attending as for most schools only a small percentage of students fall under the ‘vulnerable’ bracket. However, this clearly does not take into consideration SEN schools like ourselves where ALL our students have Education, Health, and Care Plans.

This is an issue that all local and national SEN schools are facing and we are therefore seeking advice from the Local Authority and Public Health England this morning with regards to our operational position for next week.

Further correspondence will be sent out as soon as we have any updates.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEDICATION COLLECTION IS STILL GOING AHEAD FOR TODAY AND THE EXPECTATION IS THAT PARENTS WILL COME TO COLLECT IT.

Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher

 

 

MEDICATION HELD IN SCHOOL 18.3.20

Dear Parents / Carers

Given the decision made today to close all schools in Scotland and Wales and an imminent decision being made about England, we have to look at the realisation of longer term closure.

With this is mind we want to make arrangements for any medication in school to go home to students. Despite previous advice directing that visitors could not come on site, we are now asking that parents/carers come to school tomorrow between the hours of 12-00 and 14-00 to collect their child's medication. Please enter by the side entrance near the pool and staff will meet you in the large hall with the medication.  If this time is not suitable please contact the school to make individual arrangements. If there is anything else in school you would also like to collect, please contact the class teacher.

For any further information please contact Warren or Helen.

Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher

 

 

UPDATE 18.3.20

A useful and informative video from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51934576/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-coronavirus

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

The following resources are available to families:

The Brett Foundation

We have set up a support network for any families that are in self isolation and need help. We can collect shopping, prescriptions, and zoom telephone/video sessions to help combat loneliness.  We will host coffee sessions and bingo remotely. 

For families who normally have free school meals, we can arrange ‘meals on wheels’ to help these families during this difficult period. 

Please spread the word that they are not alone 

We can be contacted on susanbrett4@aol.co.uk or 07582158849 or via our Facebook page ‘the Brett Foundation’ or webpage thebrettfoundation.org.uk

The Rotary Club

MAIDENHEAD SCHOOLS ONLY -  there may be potential for them to support struggling families with Food baskets. Please contact them directly to discuss:
Lisa Hunter - E: lisajayne22000@yahoo.co.uk)
Further details can be found on their website: www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk/covid-19-response-project.html


 

 

 

UPDATE FROM HEADTEACHER 17.3.20

Dear Parents and Carers

We currently find ourselves in unprecedented times given the risk to health that COVID-19 poses. As a school leadership team, we have been working over the past five days to look at how we can safely open and not only meet the day to day needs of our students but also ensure risk to health remains at a minimum.

As a consequence of a step-up in advice from the government regarding self-isolation and social distancing we find ourselves in a situation whereby around 35% of staff members are currently not in work; not all with symptoms. However, the number of suspected cases is very much on the increase and we are certain that the number of staff members and students being off will continue to increase at a rate that is difficult to keep on top of.

We have looked carefully at further Government guidance published today, which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

While this guidance states it is for vulnerable adults, in the absence of anything equivalent for vulnerable children, we believe we should be guided by it. Given that it identifies learning disabilities as a risk category and this applies to the vast majority of our students, a decision has been made to close the school until this guidance is lifted by the government, or we receive different advice.

This decision was not made lightly and was made in conjunction with Governors and the Local Authority. We appreciate that this will cause many implications for our students, their parents/carers, and wider family members but there is no other viable option at this time without compromising the safety of our students.

We have also discussed our current situation with the other Headteachers who form part of The BASS Group (Addington, Arbourvale, Brookfields, Kennel  Lane, The Avenue and The Castle).  Kennel Lane is closing  today and the remainder of these schools are currently carrying out their own risk assessments with most, if not all,  closing  within the next day or two.

Staff will continue to work (both from home and a minimal number in school) so that on-going educational material can be provided to parents/carers which students can do at home. We are also looking at ways we can support our students in receipt of Free School Meals.

All students have been set up with a school email address and added into a class group on Microsoft Teams for parents or students to access home learning. Class staff will be in contact with you directly with regards to work being sent home.

If you have any further questions and would like to speak to a senior member of staff please contact Warren or Helen:

warren.griffiths@manorgreenschool.co.uk / 07944 635443
helen.hannam@manorgreenschool.co.uk / 07960 232


Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher
Manor Green School
 
 

 

UPDATE FROM HEADTEACHER 16.3.20

Dear Parents / Carers

We feel we must advise parents we almost certainly do have Covid19 within our school community.  We have received communications from staff and parents and there are various membeers of the school community who are showing symptoms.  Some have been told by medical professionals that they almost certainly have it, but given the testing decision by the government, we cannot confirm cases.

The advice to schools is to remain open and we have consulted with Public Health England and the local authority who have contributed to our decision making to partially open, if at all possible, from  Wednesday.

We have worked with the school nurse to identify the medical conditions which pose the most risk of complications if student with them were to contract Covid19 and we will not be open to students with these conditions as it poses too great a risk to their health. We will remain closed to these students until the current risk is diminished.

We will also have to ask  some students not to attend on a day by day basis as there may not be staff abailable who are trained on aspects of their Care Plan or to meet their specific needs.

On Tuesday we will be contacting the parents/carers of the children who we will not be able to open to.  If you do not receive a message from a senior staff member, please assume your child is able to attend school on Wednesday if you choose to send them.

Joolz Scarlett
Headteacher

 


 

 

LETTER FROM HEADTEACHER 13.3.20

Dear Parents/Carers

The school will be closed on Monday so that we can start to determine potential student attendance and staffing levels and a decision about Tuesday will be made and shared as early as possible.

We have had further communication with Public Health England today and their continued advice is that schools should remain open regardless of whether a school has experienced a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, this stance is very much geared towards mainstream schools where the student population is deemed 'healthy'. Given that suspected cases are not going to be tested unless admitted to hospital, we will not be able to accurately report to parents on suspected or confirmed cases.

There is no specific guidance available from Public Health England for Special Educational Needs’ schools, but due to the cohort of our students and the complex medical needs that some face, we feel that we need to implement a more detailed response.

Therefore, as per NHS guidance, we are asking parents/carers to isolate any students that are presenting with symptoms (a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough) for a period of seven days. Additionally, if students do not present with any symptoms but parents/carers do not feel comfortable with their child coming into school then we fully accept this and will authorise any absence. Where your child has additional medical needs we advise you to seek medical advice on the risk posed by attending school.

Further advice and guidance is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

We will also be asking any staff members with symptoms to self-isolate as well. This may result in the school being left with unsafe staffing levels so we will be reviewing our staffing resources on a day by day basis and if we do not have safe staffing levels for the proceeding day, we may make the decision to close the school until staffing levels are back to a minimum level.

Please can parents inform us if they plan to keep their child off school as soon as possible by emailing sharon.glover@manorgreenschool.co.uk with a possible length of absence so we can accurately assess our ratios.  If you do not have access to email, please call or text Warren Griffiths on 07944 635443.

Joolz Scarlett
Headteaacher

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS - FURTHER INFORMATION 13.3.20

In response to questions from parents, please be aware that, despite a staff member being off this week, the school was only informed about the suspected case yesterday and acted immediately upon receiving the information.  Unfortunately, as the staff member has not been in contact with a known carrier, or been abroad to a country with prevalent rates of the Coronavirus in the past 14 days, they cannot get tested (NHS policy).  The government  have now made the decision that only those admitted to hospital will be tested.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS  - MESSAGE FROM HEADTEACHER 12.3.20

Dear Parents / Carers

We have a member of staff with a strongly suspected case of Coronavirus.  She has not been in school all week.  Parents of children from the affected class will be contacted directly with further information. 

In conjunction with the Local Authority and Governors we have made the decision to close the school tomorrow for cleaning as a precautionary measure.  A decision regarding next week will be communicated tomorrow pending further advice from Public Health England.

If you wish to speak to a senior member of staff, please contact Warren Griffiths: warren.griffiths@manorgreenschool.co.uk / 07944 635443 or Helen Hannam: helen.hannam@manorgreenschool.co.uk / 07960 232779

The website will continue to be kept up-to-date with current information: http://www.manorgreenschool.co.uk/newsletter-section

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MESSAGE FROM HEADTEACHER 12.3.20

As anxiety about corona virus is increasing and we are receiving a number of questions to various staff members, we would like to reassure parents and carers that the school is doing the following things:

  • Keeping up-to-date with and following  advice from Public Health England and the DfE
  • Sending advice and updates to parents and staff as we get them, especially when things change
  • Briefing Teachers and HLTAs on their responsibilities to ensure staff follow the advice provided
  • Placing posters in classrooms and toilets to remind people of the advice to schools
  • Ensuring students wash their hand thoroughly and frequently, including when going on offsite visits
  • Ensuring we have sufficient stocks of effective hand sanitiser, cleaning wipes and soap
  • Working closely with our cleaning contractors to ensure high touch areas are cleaned frequently and effectively

We would really appreciate it if parents and carers could:

  • Only send your children to school if they are well, even fairly mild symptoms and especially a fever could indicate an infection of some kind, not just Corona
  • Collect your child promptly if the school requests you to do so because they appear unwell
  • Ensure that children who have been unwell don’t return to school until they are completely better
  • Encourage hand washing at home, especially before your children leave for school
  • Follow self-isolation advice if returning from an effected area abroad or having contact with a confirmed case and inform the school this is the reason for absence

We will continue to do everything we can to minimise the risk of Corona spreading in school. 

jOOLZ sCARLETT
HEADTEACHER

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 6.3.20

 

 Department of Education

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

The advice remains the same for travellers returning from the lockdown areas of Italy, that you should self-isolate even if you are not showing symptoms. The advice for other parts of Italy has been expanded to cover the whole country: if you have returned from anywhere else in Italy outside of the lockdown areas, you should self-isolate if you develop symptoms and call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Latest Department for Education information:

 
 
     
 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 5.3.20

 Department of Education

 

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Government Coronavirus action plan

On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here:

Action plan overview

The action plan sets out a four phased approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.

As there are already cases in the UK, the current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.

As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.

The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those we are planning to implement.

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Latest Department for Education information:

 
 
     
 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 4.3.20

The advice remains the same as previously communicated.

 

Government Coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

The document includes:

  • what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
  • how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
  • the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
  • what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
  • the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

https://twitter.com/NHSuk/status/1235112744917049346

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

 
 
 

CORONAVIRUS - UPDATE FROM HEADTEACHER 3.3.20

There is now a helpline available for all school community members to call if you have any concerns or questions.

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The advice to schools about Coronavirus now gives more details about actions the school must take in the event of a suspected case and a confirmed case. Our facilities and cleaning staff will be fully briefed on the advice and we will ensure it is strictly adhered to if required. It also makes it very clear that schools are not to close unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Teaching our students about good hygiene is part of our curriculum in any case, but there will be a particular focus on it now. We will also make every effort to reassure any of our students who do have concerns that the best way to avoid catching it is to practice good hygiene and that for the vast majority of people who get infected the symptoms are mild. 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS - UPDATE 28.2.20

As of the 27/2/2020, four UK Chief Medical Officers advised an increase of the UK risk level from low to moderate. Not because they think the risk to individuals in the UK has changed at this stage, but that governments should escalate planning and preparation in case of a more widespread outbreak. See full statement https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-four-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-novel-coronavirus

Manor Green continues to follow the advice to given to schools here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

If students or staff are returning travellers from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days they should self-isolate and inform the school. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they return.

If students or staff are returning travellers from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, they are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms which are Fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. All other students and staff should continue to attend school or university, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials). Please inform us if this applies to any of our students.

Coronavirus advice for education settings poster

 

CORONAVIRUS - FURTHER UPDATE FROM THE DFE 24.2.20

 

  Department for Education

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to Coronavirus. Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals remains low.

Public Health England has issued tailored guidance for education settings, which you can find at:

Please share this guidance with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

Latest information

Updates on Coronavirus:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Public Health England blog:

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS - FURTHER UPDATE from the dfe 13.2.20

 

  Department for Education

The government is monitoring Coronavirus and taking action at home and abroad. The risk to individuals remains low.

Please share the guidance below with your staff and cascade as appropriate.

  • https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e35b25740f0b609169cb52a/coronavirus-public-info-poster-2.pdf
  • https://app.box.com/s/iyfkaswybscd22gpdlx21tt4eb52n3ju
  • ADVICE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TRAVELLED RECENTLY

    Public Health England has changed the advice for individuals who have travelled recently as follows:

    TRAVELLERS FROM WUHAN AND HUBEI PROVINCE

    If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
  • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

    TRAVELLERS FROM OTHER PARTS OF CHINA AND OTHER SPECIFIED AREAS

    This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

    • Elsewhere in China
    • Thailand
    • Japan
    • Republic of Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan
    • Singapore
    • Malaysia
    • Macau

    If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

    • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
    • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

    ENCOURAGING GOOD HYGIENE

    As always, if you have symptoms of a cold or flu, then there are measures you can take to stop germs:

    • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
    • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel 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.

    LATEST INFORMATION

    Updates on Coronavirus:

    Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

    Public Health England blog:

 

 

 

wuhan novel coronavirus

Please note the attached advice from Public Health England concerning the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus.  Further information is available from the NHS : https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

 

 

PRECAUTIONARY BREXIT PREPARATIONS

Parents are reminded that they are responsible for supplying all necessary medication for their child. In order that the school and parents are prepared in the event of Brexit disrupting the supply of medication, the school will be providing details of the expiry dates of any medication held in school in your red communication books to allow for the potential of a longer lead in time in replacing it.

 

 

 

"this is me" video - 10th may 2019

The edited version of our school collaboration of "This is me" is now available with our apologies for the delay.

 

 

NEW FUNDRAISING PAGE

We have created a fund raising page to raise funds for playground equipment.  Please spread the word and share this page with your friends, family and colleagues:

https://www.gofundme.com/jn56k-playground-equipment&rcid=r01-15572242866-4311772512be45ea&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

 

 

CALSHOT RESIDENTIAL UPDATE 16/5/19

 

 

 

CALSHOT RESIDENTIAL UPDATE: 15/5/19

 

 

CALSHOT RESIDENTIAL UPDATE 14/5/19

Monday eve: 13/5/19

We had a fantastic evening last night taking part and watching each other on the Team Swing......very scary and exciting all at the same time!!  We got to witness an amazing sunset before hot chocolate and bed. 

Tuesday:14/5/19

Today we lined our stomachs with a full English breakfast before hitting the dry ski slope, where most students had a go at skiing. 

Rifle shooting was available for those who didn’t wish to take part and all who attending the session all managed to hit the target once they got the hang of the equipment. 

Without doubt everyone’s favourite activity this morning was the Ringo’s!  We had almost all students and staff tied together on inflatable rings, then pushed down the dry ski slope together!...picture to follow!

We’re just off now to Beaulieu for a gentle stroll in the sunshine, some retail therapy and a long awaited ice cream! 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOLS' COLLABORATION OF "THIS IS ME" - 10th may 2019

FRIDAY, 10TH MAY 2019 - WATCH OUR VIDEO - NUMEROUS SCHOOLS FROM RBWM, BRACKNELL, READING, WOKINGHAM AND SLOUGH, TOGETHER WITH READING FOOTBALL ACADEMY WILL JOIN TOGETHER ON COX GREEN PLAYING FIELD TO PERFORM "THIS IS ME" USING SIGN LANGUAGE

 

 

COLD WEATHER AND SNOW FORECAST TUESDAY EVENING, 29.1.19

We are aware of the MET office forecast for snow on Tuesday evening and will continue to monitor the weather conditions.  The Headteacher and the transport team will make a decision early Wednesday morning regarding whether or not the school closes on Wednesday. 

 

cold weather information and advice

Keep warm keep well booklet

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/748499/keep_warm_keep_well_2019.pdf

Winter wrapped up - Age UK booklet

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/information-guides/ageukig27_winter_wrapped_up_inf.pdf

Cold weather plan: action cards
 
 
 

Maidenhead Advertiser's My Mum competition winners

Jessica Elson and Millie Eggleton were chosen as worthy winners in the My Mum competition held by the Maidenhead Advertiser.  Children drew pictures of their mums and these have been published in the paper this week.  They will both receive an Easter egg and have their photos taken next week.  Click on their names to see their winning entries.

 

Manor Green School welcomes HRH The Earl of Wessex for Duke of Edinburgh fundraising event 

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

 

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Manor Green School today as part of a campaign to generate support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Charity. 

Through a combination of DofE engagements, Real Tennis events and fundraising activities, His Royal Highness will enable a new generation of young people to start their DofE journey in the UK and abroad.

At Manor Green School, The Earl met students from the school who are DofE participants.  They showcased activities which included the making of cork boards and herb garden boxes from recycled materials; sewing; journey planning and independent travel; drum playing; singing; horse riding and a canoe expedition which involved the erecting of tents.  

Mr Peter May, a sailing instructor at Bisham Sailing School, also attended to showcase the rigging of a Topper sailing boat, which was provided by Bisham Sailing School, and to speak about how the students achieved their RYA Bronze sailing Award.

For young people aged 14-24, doing a DofE programme offers a unique opportunity to grow as young adults and gain valuable life experience whilst developing essential employability skills such as confidence, resilience and drive. After achieving an Award the journey doesn’t end and many Award holders go on to continue volunteering, honing skills or improving their fitness. 
Headline sponsor and DofE partner RSM, a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services has kicked off the fundraising for the Tennis Challenge 2018. More donations will be secured through events at each challenge location. 

Mrs Joolz Scarlett, Headteacher said: “We are so proud of the students who have achieved their Bronze DofE Award and the difference it has made to their confidence and independence is immeasurable. As a school, we strongly believe in ensuring the young people we educate have the same opportunity to take part in programmes like the DofE as their peers in mainstream schools

 

World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 8th March and students and staff are invited to dress up as a favourite book character.

Living eggs 2.3.18

Four chicks now hatched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP3ysCtF5sA

Chicks 3 and 4

 

Chick No. 2

 

School closure 2.3.18

 

The school will be closed Friday 2nd of March due to the continued snow forecast and the icy conditions on many roads.

 

 

Living eggs 1.3.18

The first of the eggs has hatched.   Streaming has had to close because of the school closure but the eggs are being looked after and photographs taken.

 

School closure 1.3.18

 

Following consultation with School Transport, we have decided to close the school tomorrow, Thursday, 1 March 2018,  based on the weather forecast. The concern is that, even if the snow is not heavy overnight, there may be a risk of being snowed in during the day which would make transport challenging. We will update regarding Friday based on conditions and the weather forecast tomorrow. 

An alternative date will be arranged to celebrate World Book Day.

 

 

Severe weather warning 27.2.18

Further to the Met Office severe weather warnings that have been issued this week, please note that, should the school be closed due to snowfall, the closure will be announced here on the website as soon as any decision is made.  All decisions to close the school are always made in consultation with RBWM transport and take into account both conditions on site and any transport issues resulting from road conditions.
 

Living Eggs 27.2.18

The Living Eggs have arrived and are settled in the Life Skills Flat (Invictus building). There is a live stream on You Tube (use Goggle Chrome browser). Students will be making timetabled visits with their classes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsENvMxYZIU

 

 

School opening/closure Monday 11.12.17

Due to the differing weather conditions around the area, a decision regarding whether the school will open tomorrow, Monday, 11 December  2018, will be made at 7am in the morning in liaison with RBWM.   The decision will be posted on the home page under News and Information.  However, if you live within a different authority to RBWM, you should check with your transport provider to ensure that they will be fully operational tomorrow morning.

 

 

Cold weather alert 7.12.17 - 12.12.17

A level 3 cold weather alert has been issued from Thursday 7th Dec to Tuesday 12th Dec.  This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable children and adults.

You might find the PHE Winter Readiness Information useful.

Make sure that children stay warm. If going outside make sure they are dressed appropriately. If indoors, make sure that heating is kept to the right temperature; heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing . If there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111winter health pages at NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)”

More information is available on the 

 

School photograph orders

There are issues being experienced when trying to order photographs from the photographer's website.  The website has been newly rebuilt and they apologise for any problems; however, these are being dealt with and, hopefully, will be resolved shortly.  Please do retry to order from the website and, if unsuccessful, you can order by telephone on 01293 822211.

 

Whole School Photographs 18/10/17

 

Unfortunately, the photographer did not turn up today for the school photographs.   Success Photography have sent their apologies and we have rearranged the session for Wednesday, 22nd November 2017.

They have confirmed that photographs will be available in time for Christmas - the proofs will be sent home on the 23/11/17 and you will then be able to order on line.

 

Hand, Foot and Mouth 12.10.17

We have a diagnosed case of Hand, Foot and Mouth in school.  It is highly contagious so please keep your child away from school if you suspect they may have contracted it. More information can be found at:  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx#symptoms

 

Shingles 9.10.17

A member of staff has been diagnosed with Shingles.  If you are pregnant or have supressed immunity, please contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice.  Further information can be found at: https://beta.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/?WT.mc_id=organic_split

 

 

Canon Lane (under the bridge) closure 25th - 27th September 2017

From Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th September Canon Lane will be closed at the point where it goes under the railway bridge. Diversions will be in place  - see map below.  This will have an impact on traffic and so it is important that you bear this in mind when bringing/collecting your children to/from school.

Map

 

 

Health Services Workshop

RBWM Health Services Workshop - Tuesday 19th September 2017

Organised by parents and carers  in partnership with RBWM.  Places must be confirmed by Friday 15th September 2017

 

 

 

Fidget Spinners

We are aware that many of our students are currently using Fidget Spinners. We see Fidget Spinners as a positive tool in supporting our students with their concentration and also having a calming effect in the same way as other sensory toys. However, we are aware that not all Fidget Spinners are appropriate and staff monitor this. If we feel that a student has a particular Fidget Spinner that is not appropriate we will have a discussion with parents about this.

 

Seasonal flu vaccinations for the autumn term 2017

Seasonal flu vaccinations will be given to our students from Reception to Year 13 on the following dates:

  • First dose: 3rd October 2017

  • Second dose: 3rd November 2017

A letter from the Berkshire Immunisation Team has been sent to parents in June 2017.  If you have not received it, please contact sharon.glover@manorgreenschool.co.uk or call 01628 513800

 

Sports' Days

We are aware that other schools are postponing sports' days this week, however, we do have the facilities to enable a safe contingency option in our air-conditioned halls. Therefore, we are making alterations to the arrangements to allow the sports' days to go ahead.

We hope it will be possible to have some activities outside on Tuesday morning, but on-going risk assessments will be carried out throughout the day and it may be that some specific activities will need to be cancelled at short notice. We are aware that the afternoon will be hotter and we are planning for the afternoon’s activities to take place in air-conditioned rooms from the outset. 

Wednesday is looking likely to have temperatures of around 30 degrees or higher and so we will be minimising outdoor vigorous activities for secondary sports' day. We will be following a scaled down programme of events with most events taking place indoors making use of the air-conditioned halls.

 

 

Current IT problems

We apologise for any inconvenience our current IT problems may be causing.  Unfortunately, our email, telephones and internet access is affected and so you may be experiencing difficulty in contacting us.  Please be assured that reception is able to contact home in the case of an emergency.  We continue to work on resolving the problems and hope to achieve a solution very soon.

 

Mother's Day pictures in Maidenhead Advertiser 23.3.17

Wilson class drew pictures of their mums and these can be seen on the website: pages 67-75

http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/112210/picture-special-school-children-send-in-drawings-of-their-mums-ahead-of-mother-s-day.html

 

Deputy Mayor and Mayoress attend MGS secondary production

The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress attended our school production on Wednesday, 22nd March.  The article can be seen in this week's Maidenhead Advertiser.

 

Best practice recognised

I was made aware of the work that Ways into Work is doing in partnership with Manor Green School through accredited training with Ways into Work and then subsequently through a DfE-funded project called Employment is Everyone’s Business.  The work that they are doing together has been recognised as best practice by BASE, the Preparing for Adulthood Programme as well as the Department for Education.  It demonstrates the benefits of embedding employment into a vocational curriculum, using the supported employment model.  This has resulted in an increase in their employment outcomes as I understand, which was shared with me by the previous Principal.  In addition, it is recognised that it is also important to start early, and evidence shows that ensuring that children and young people with SEND see people working is so important to raise ambition in the system.  The work that they have done together has ensured that Manor Green School is also demonstrating what is both possible and positive from an employer perspective.  I and others continue to use this unique partnership approach as a best-practice example in the work we do for BASE as well as the Preparing for Adulthood programme.

Kathy Melling
Melling Training and Consultancy

http://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/search-results?q=manor+green+school

http://base-uk.org/base-awards-2015

http://base-uk.org/sites/default/files/document-archive/9991-Conference%20workshops/a2_-_schools_partnerships.pdf

http://base-uk.org/2015-conference-workshops

 

 

Safer Internet Day 7.2.17

Next Tuesday, 7th February 2017 is  Safer Internet Day. Thames Valley Police is supporting this national campaign and a number of activities during that day. An online discussion is scheduled 10.30-11.30am, for parents and carers about keeping young people safe online. This can be accessed via the Force’s ‘Cover it Live’ discussion page. 

The Day promotes safe and responsible use of technology and is run by the UK Safer Internet Centre, supported by the NPCC, NCA and CEOP, along with police forces across the country. A wide range of information and educational resources for teachers, parents and young people is available via the  UK Safer Internet Centre website.

 The Safer Internet Centre is encouraging people to get involved in its #SID2017 social media campaign and Thunder Clap https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/51703-safer-internet-day-2017. There is also the #giveasmile tag as well.

 

 

Weather warning 23.1.17

The Met Office has extended the level 3 cold weather alert for the South East region until 28th Jan. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions over this period.

Weather warning 19.1.17

The Met Office has given a level 3 cold weather alert for the South East region, this means we are in a period of severe cold weather. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather between today (Thursday 19 Jan) and 0900 on Tuesday 24 Jan.
 
As always our facilities team will be working hard to ensure the site is safe for our students and staff. 

 

 

School open 13.1.17

The school is open as usual today, 13th January 2017, and there are no foreseen issues with transport.

 

Weather warning 12.1.17

Please be advised that the school aims to remain open tomorrow depending upon weather conditions. The forecast indicates there is a possibility of the current rain turning to ice on the roads by the morning. There is also a possibility of a light covering of snow on top of the ice which would make driving conditions extremely dangerous. We are in close communication with the RBWM transport department regarding risk assessment of transporting our students to school. A risk for us to consider is students being stranded in vehicles on the road for extended periods of time, so we will be liaising closely with RBWM transport early in the morning to assess the likelihood of this being a possibility. If the risk is considered too high to transport students safely the school will make the decision to close for the day, if this is the case we will update the website, email parents before 8 am, there will also be a message on the main school number.  

If we do open in the morning and weather conditions unexpectedly deteriorate throughout the day, we may be forced to close early and will ensure parents are given as much notice as possible. Please be aware that in the case of the school being forced to close early, transport companies may not run a service and parents may have to make alternative transport arrangements to collect their children. 

We understand that this may cause some inconvenience to parents, but we will, as ever, be prioritising students safety.  

 

 

Possible snow closure 11.1.17

We are aware of the possibility of snow and are monitoring the weather conditions frequently. Should snow result in the need to close the school we will notify parents via RBWM, local radio stations and the website.

 

 

32nd Swimarathon 7.1.17

Manor Green School students and staff again took part in the 32nd Swimarathon at Magnet Leisure Centre on Saturday 7th January 2017.  There were three teams and we beat our record for lengths completed.  We were also privileged to have our photo taken with the Prime Minister.