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3rd June

New resource – Supporting you through Covid 19 and Lockdown

We are a charity who works with young people and young adults that live with special educational needs and disability in Staffordshire. We develop programmes which give our members the opportunity to socialise, build independence, try new experiences and gain life skills. Click here for full document.

1st June

CURRENT FIGURES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN CANNOCK DISTRICT FROM 1ST JUNE.

Offering extended provision from 1st June = 21 schools

Offering extended provision from 15th June = 4 schools

Secondary schools and colleges expectation changed it is now from 15 June, secondary schools are able to offer face-to-face support for a quarter of the year 10 and 12 cohort at any one time.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools  DFE “…..secondary schools should ensure that only a quarter of pupils in year 10 and year 12 are in school at any one time, including vulnerable children and children of critical workers in those year groups who are still encouraged to attend full-time. This is in addition to vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers who might be in full-time attendance from other year groups.”

We will be contacting all Secondary schools from next week to request their offer from 15th June – Year 10 and Year 12 only.

Digital Devices

Emails have now been sent out to all schools with their allocation of digital devices.  A quick briefing paper has been included which hopefully answers any questions you may have.

Attendance

7.1 Is attendance compulsory?

Eligible children – including priority groups – are strongly encouraged to attend their education setting, unless they are self-isolating or they are clinically vulnerable.

No one with symptoms should attend a setting for any reason. If someone in their household is extremely clinically vulnerable, children should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to, and the child is able to understand and follow those instructions.

Families should notify their nursery, school or college as normal if their child is unable to attend so that staff can explore the reason with them and address barriers together.

Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.

7.2 Will parents be penalised if their child does not attend school?

Parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend school. We expect schools and other relevant partners to work with and support the relevant families and pupils to return to school.

Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, we have relaxed the law, so that the parent of a child of compulsory school age is not guilty of an offence on account of the child’s failure to attend regularly at the school at which the child is registered (section 444 of the Education Act 1996).

7.3 Can the children of critical workers and vulnerable children still attend school, even if they are not in priority years?

Yes. Now that we have made progress in reducing the transmission of coronavirus we are encouraging all eligible children to attend settings (where there are no shielding concerns for the child or their household), even if parents are able to keep their children at home.

Vulnerable children and young people of all year groups are expected to attend educational provision where it is appropriate for them to do so. Further guidance on vulnerable children at Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

7.4 How can schools encourage pupils to attend and maintain good attendance?

For those pupils eligible to attend, schools should address absence by sensitively exploring parents’ and pupils’ concerns and what is preventing attendance and work with them to re-engage pupils where appropriate. Families should notify their nursery/school/college as normal if their child is unable to attend. Schools should also continue to follow up with any parent or carer whose child has been expected to attend and doesn’t.

Schools should work together with local authorities and other relevant partners to support parents and children in their return to regular attendance. When working to improve attendance, schools and other partners should consider the individual circumstances of each child and parent in order to ensure that they are appropriate to the child’s needs. Schools may wish to focus support particularly on pupils who were previously persistently absent or at risk of being so.

No one with symptoms should attend a setting for any reason. If someone in their household is extremely clinically vulnerable, as set out in the guidance on shielding, they should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to, and the child is able to understand and follow those instructions.

Schools and colleges should continue to inform social workers where children with a social worker do not attend.

7.5 What should educational settings, local authorities and social workers be doing to track and encourage the attendance of vulnerable children and young people?

There is an expectation that vulnerable children and young people will continue to attend educational provision, where it is appropriate for them to do so.

In circumstances where a parent does not want to bring their child to an educational setting, and their child is considered vulnerable, the social worker (where appropriate) and educational setting should explore the reasons for this, directly with the parent. Where parents are concerned about the risk of the child contracting the virus, the school or social worker should talk through these concerns with the parent following the advice set out by Public Health England. Educational settings should notify the child’s social worker (where relevant) where the child does not attend school.

Where applicable, designated safeguarding leads and/or equivalent staff should keep under review their lists of vulnerable children and young people who should be attending provision. Providers are encouraged to share their lists of vulnerable children and young people who should be attending provision with their local authority. Education providers, social workers, local authorities and other professionals will want to work together to ensure adequate and appropriate arrangements are in place to keep in touch with vulnerable children and young people (whether they are attending provision, or not attending for an agreed or non-agreed reason), such as by letter, phone or visit. To support this, education settings should take the opportunity when communicating with parents and carers to confirm emergency contact numbers are correct and ask for any additional emergency contact numbers where they are available.

Local authorities and educational settings do not need to complete their usual day-to-day attendance processes. To minimise the burden on educational settings, the Department for Education is collecting data on the attendance of vulnerable children differently. Further guidance is available at Attendance recording for educational settings.

7.6 Do schools need to take an attendance register?

Between 23 March and 1 June, schools do not need to take an attendance register. For administrative purposes, Code # (planned whole or partial closure) should be used.

However, we are asking schools to submit a short daily return, reporting whether they are open, and how many children and staff are in school. This should include any children attending temporarily during the coronavirus outbreak. This will allow for a record of attendance for safeguarding purposes, and allow schools to provide accurate, up to date data to the government. This will also help the Department for Education to track capacity in the system, enabling the department to feed into wider tracking of the impact of the virus to support scientific advice.

When more pupils return to schools from 1 June, schools should resume taking the attendance register. We will provide further guidance shortly on how to record attendance in the register during this time.

From 1 June, we are still asking schools to submit the Educational Setting Status form via the online portal reporting whether they are open and how many children and staff are in school.

7.7 Can the attendance register be taken at different times to accommodate for staggered start times?

Schools should have a policy on how long the register should be kept open but where a school implements staggered start times, they may wish to consider temporarily extending this period.

7.8 Will schools be held to account for their attendance data at this time?

Schools and colleges will not be held to account for attendance levels at this time.

7.9 Is there any responsibility on local authorities to keep monitoring vulnerable children’s attendance?

Yes. Local authorities should continue to work with schools to monitor the welfare of vulnerable children who are not attending school, and other pupils they might wish to keep in touch with, for safeguarding purposes. Further information is set out in the vulnerable children guidance.

 

 

22nd May

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

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

The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare 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 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

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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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:

https://e-bug.eu/

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

 

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

4th May

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:

·         http://www.education.gov.uk/educational-setting-status

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:

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

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:

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

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

·         http://www.jcq.org.uk/media-centre/news-releases/jcq-publishes-supplementary-information-on-validation-of-evidence

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:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-support-package-for-universities-and-students

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:

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-induction-for-newly-qualified-teachers

 

 

21st April

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:
https://www.thenational.academy/

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:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

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:
• Children with a social worker
• Care leavers
• Disadvantaged children in Year 10, ahead of sitting their GCSEs next year

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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care

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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance

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

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

Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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

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

 

9th April

Update on national voucher scheme for schools providing free school meals

A number of schools have been in touch regarding non-receipt of an eCode. Edenred have instigated a re-send of 100% of all eCodes with a ‘Fulfilled’ status. This exercise will be completed by the end of today.

New guidance on the provision of initial teacher training (ITT)
We have published guidance on initial teacher training provision. These measures ensure trainees are given a fair opportunity to qualify and to safeguard teacher supply, balanced against the need to ensure those awarded qualified teacher status are of the appropriate standard.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of education settings
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings to include information about the Easter holidays, examinations, and educational resources and support.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Updated guidance for schools about temporarily closing
We have updated our main guidance on the temporary closure of schools to include information on funding, Easter holidays and the practicalities of closures.

You can read the guidance here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

Update on national voucher scheme for schools providing free school meals
Since launching the national free school meals voucher scheme, a large number of schools have activated their account with Edenred to support eligible pupils and their families. Every school was sent an activation email for the scheme between 31 March and 02 April. If you have not received an activation email for the scheme, please check your ‘junk’ folder before emailing freeschoolmeals@edenred.com. You will be directed to an online form and your details will be verified within 5 days, and a new activation email will be sent.

If you have ordered eCodes and are waiting for them to be delivered, this can take up to 72 hours. Please check the status of your order for further information:
• If your order shows as ‘Paid’, your order is being processed with the eCodes being generated before they’re passed to ‘fulfilled’. This stage can take up to 48 hours.
• If your order shows as ‘Fulfilled’, the eCodes are in the process of be-ing emailed out and should be received within 24 hours.

Full details of this scheme can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

Reminder to submit the daily online attendance return to the Department for Education
All educational settings should continue to submit their daily online attendance form throughout the Easter holidays. 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

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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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

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:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

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 travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
https://youtu.be/bQCP7waTRWU

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)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

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

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

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

Latest Department for Education information:
https://twitter.com/educationgovuk
https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:
https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/