Government guidance as followed by the school
Updated Updated 14:30, 7 July 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson to address all school leavers
Please encourage your final year students to tune in!
A recording of the address will be available to view on both platforms.
Updated 15:00, 6 July 2020
Plans for schools opening to all children in Autumn
The guidance for the full opening of schools, early years and colleges can be found here:
Covid Summer Food Fund
The Covid Summer Food Fund will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals (FSM) to be supported over the summer holiday period. All vouchers for the summer holidays must be ordered at least one week before your school’s summer term ends. The costs will be met centrally by the Department for Education.
Updated 9:00, 3 July 2020
Plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term
The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced our plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term in Parliament today.
We have published the supporting guidance that provides schools, colleges and nurseries with the details to plan for a full return. The guidance has been developed in close consultation with sector stakeholders and medical experts from Public Health England.
Nurseries and other early years providers, including childminders, have already been welcoming back children of all ages since 1 June, with a range of protective measures in place. From 20 July, restrictions on group sizes for nurseries, childminders and other early years providers will be lifted, increasing capacity for more children to return, as set out in the updated guidance.
The schools guidance sets out a range of measures to protect children and staff. This guidance applies to all mainstream schools, alternative provision, independent schools and boarding schools and sets out advice on how you can minimise contact and mixing. Separate guidance has also been published for special schools.
We have also published guidance for parents and carers on the plans for the autumn term to help reassure them about what to expect for their children.
The guidance for the full opening of schools from the start of the autumn term can be found here:
The guidance for what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term can be found here:
Updated 15:00, 1 July 2020
Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated the guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have added content on summer provision, school uniform and a package of support worth £1 billion to support pupils to catch up. We have updated content on school meals and the Covid Summer Food Fund.
The guidance can be found here:
Communicating with parents
We know schools are doing all they can to reassure parents of the safety measures which are in place to welcome eligible children back to school and college this term.
To support schools with this, as part of the Government’s central “Stay Alert” campaign, you are likely to see information adverts on these measures on the radio and online to reassure parents that if their child is eligible to attend school, they should return before the summer break. These messages will sit alongside wider government messaging about public transport and returning to work, which aim to reassure the public as changes to lockdown measures are made.
The leaflets and films below are for parents of children in primary and secondary. You may want to share these with your parent network to support your engagement with children and families who have questions.
The leaflets can be found here:
The film for primary school pupils can be found here:
Updated 14:30, 25 June 2020
Online education resources for home learning update
DfE have updated guidance for online education resources for home learning to include additional resources and new tips to help parents and carers with home education.
The list of resources can be found here:
Updated guidance on keeping children safe online
With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, DfE have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.
The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:
Updated 13:30, 23 June 2020
Updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)
On 22 June, the Government set out a series of steps for further relaxing shielding guidance which will come into effect on 6 July and 1 August, taking into account that coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks.
From 1 August, the Government will be advising that shielding will be paused. From this date, those people previously shielding are advised to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers.
Where possible children should practice frequent hand washing and social distancing. The Public Health England guidance for people who are shielding has been updated to reflect the changes.
The full guidance can be found here:
Updated 15:30, 19 June 2020
Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.
The guidance can be found here:
Updated guidance on supporting children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND)
We have updated our guidance for educational settings supporting children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND). The update includes a new section with information for settings on the of re-admission of pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable or with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
The guidance can be found here:
Updated 14:30, 16 June 2020
Updated 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:
Updated 13:30, 10 June 2020
An update from the Secretary of State for Education on wider opening of education and early years settings
In a statement made yesterday in the House of Commons the Secretary of State for Education said that the Department for Education continues to follow the best scientific advice and that this cautious, phased return of education and childcare settings is the most sensible course of action to take. While we are not able to welcome all primary children back for a full month before the summer, we are working with the sector on the next steps to allow schools that have the capacity to bring back more children in smaller class sizes to do so before the summer holidays. We will provide further details in the coming days.
The statement in full can be found here:
Updated 12:00, 8 June 2020
Please see the link below for helpful guidance on on-line safety during home tutoring:
Updated 13:30, 3 June 2020
Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on the curriculum, after school activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. We have also amended information on whether it is compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home.
The guidance can be found here:
Updated 14:00, 2 June 2020
Updated guidance for parents and carers on the wider opening of educational settings
Dfe have updated their information for parents and carers about the wider opening of education settings to include details about opening secondary schools to years 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June and to provide links to guidance on safer travel.
The guidance can be found here:
Updated 13:30, 29 May 2020
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:
The school continues to provide arrangements for children of critical workers and children who are vulnerable and are not in the proposed classes above.
Today we have issued the following guidance to classes:
Updated 14:00, 27 May 2020
Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years 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:
Updated 14:00, 21 May 2020
DfE have updated their 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:
Updated 15:00, 15 May 2020
Updated 10:00, 12 May 2020
Please click here for information from the school.
Updated 9:15, 11 May 2020
Our school counselling colleague has prepared some tips to use during these unprecedented times for you and your families. Please click here for more information.
ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents and young people online. The site includes home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities support children's understanding of online safety at a time.
There is also parent support information for primary and secondary age groups.
The resources can be found here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets
Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet)
Childnet have released six new easy-to-follow videos for parents and children to work through together. The 10 - 15 minute videos offer simple, clear online safety advice using fun activities, games and discussion. There are optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning.
The videos can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons
Updated 14:00, 4 May 20202
Updated 11:00, 1 April 2020
Please see the updated DfE link with guidance for parents and carers giving support for keeping children safe online:
Updated 9:00, 24 March 2020
Please see the latest updated information from Essex County Council below.
Updated 19:00, 22 March 2020
Dear parents and carers
Thank you so much for your kind messages, they really do mean so much and are greatly appreciated. We have vouchers available from the school office for those entitled to Free School Meals (not universal). Please come and collect these by 11:00 am on Monday 23 March 2020. Any uncollected vouchers will be hand-delivered by staff after this time.
I need to reiterate - the safest place for your children IS AT HOME. The only people who should bring their child to school next week are those whose work is critical to saving lives and keeping the nation going (food, utilities etc..). My staff are putting their health and the health of their loved ones at risk by coming into work, so that these Critical Workers can continue their very important work.
If you are a Critical Worker, you will need to bring proof of your employment (eg. a Health worker badge or a critical worker's employer's letter) when you bring your child to school. I understand you may not have this available for Monday, but it will be required if you wish to continue using our service from Tuesday onwards.
It has become very clear that we must change our social habits. Please see the advice below...
EVERYBODY in the UK has been asked to stop non-essential contact with other people and avoid all unnecessary travel. This is known as social distancing.
It follows people with flu-like symptoms - such as dry cough and high temperature - being asked to self-isolate at home, to avoid infecting others.
WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING:
Social distancing means avoiding unnecessary contact with other people. It means spending less time in public places, where a lot of people are around. Everyone is now advised to follow self-distancing measures, especially the over-70s, pregnant women and adults normally eligible for a flu jab.
HOW TO SOCIAL DISTANCE:
- Work from home whenever possible
- Avoid all unnecessary travel
- Stay away from pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
- Avoid gatherings with friends and families wherever possible
WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO DO WHILST SOCIAL DISTANCING?
- You can go for a walk or run outdoors if you stay 2m (6ft) away from others
- You can see family and friends if it's essential
- You can walk your dog
- You can provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbours if you have no symptoms
- You can go to the shops to buy food and groceries
Please go to the BBC website to see the rest of this useful article.
Again, I urge you to practice social distancing and stay at home with your children. Please look after yourselves.
Very best wishes
Updated 9:00,21 March 2020
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:
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:
Updated 9:33, 18 March 2020
Information on how to talk to children about Coronavirus to support children’s mental health and wellbeing if trying to alleviate children’s anxiety. Please see the video link below:
Update at 15:50, 17 March 2020
New guidance for households with symptoms
Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
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 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.