Parents and News Updates
Returning to school
In his speech on 10th May 2020, the Prime Minister announced the intention for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return to school in June. We are currently awaiting further government guidance: for example on the distancing expectations in schools once we have returned, so that we can plan how we will keep everyone within the school safe. We are discussing how this will be implemented and will keep you informed here as to what our next steps will be.
Explaining coronavirus to children
Children's mental health
The UK government has published guidance for parents and carers to support them in thinking about the impact on children's mental health and wellbeing during the current situation. The advice is available on the UK government website and can be accessed via the link here.
In North Somerset, the Educational Psychology Service have a helpline for parents who wish to speak to an expert.
It is important to remember that self-isolation, does not equate to social isolation.
If you are a parent/carer of a child in Somerset or North Somerset and would like to speak to a
Psychologist with any concerns arising for you, or your family during this time, then The Educational
Psychology Service is here for you. We are able to offer an initial 30 minute telephone consultation
(discussion) and a potential follow up call, of another 30 minutes if appropriate. Calls will be offered Monday-Friday, during usual working hours.
Unless the Psychologist feels that you, or someone else is in danger of harm, then full confidentiality will
be respected. In order to offer the best possible service, a brief summary of the discussion will be
recorded, which may be shared with colleagues from other services. If you do not wish for a record to be
taken, then please make this clear to the psychologist during your call and they will only record the name
of the school.
If you would like to access this service, then please email EPSHelpline@somerset.gov.uk
with the following information:
• Your name
• The name of your child’s school (or ‘EHE’ if Electively Home Educated)
• Times and dates that you are not available for consultation
If email is not possible, then call 01823 357000. Please understand that we are likely to be slower to respond to phone calls. Our aim is to offer a consultation within 5 working days of receipt of email.
Children with SEND and Cornavirus
An information pack, containing ideas and resources for how to support children with SEND at this time, is available in a document provided by NHS Wales at the foot of the page.
Closure from Friday 20th March 2020
As outlined by Boris Johnson on Wednesday 18th March 2020, the school closed on Friday 20th March 2020, until further notice. Once government advice changes, we will notify you as to how we will resume schooling.
The Department for Education website gave the following guidance to schools on Wednesday 18th March 2020:
After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
If you feel that you may be eligible for this support as a key worker, please contact us via the school email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide us with the following information:
- Your child's name and class
- Your role
- The childcare that is available to you outside of school
- The dates when you are requesting support in school
We will not go ahead with primary school assessments or secondary exams this summer, and we will not be publishing performance tables. (Department for Education)
We will not sit SAT tests this academic year. For Year 6 children, whilst the school is closed, we will continue to focus online on some really key areas of learning so that you are ready for secondary school. We will also ensure that the transition to secondary school is as successful as usual.