Please find below some articles and links that may provide parents with some help and support during the COVID-19 school closure:
Guidance for Free School Meals
Please find below New extended guidance for Free School Meals issued by the Government:
DFE Learning Resources
The DFE have made available the following learning resources for students and parents whilst schools are closed. Please note these are not to replace what our teachers have been setting, but are aimed to supplement work set and/or help parents to support their children with learning. They are completely optional and there is no obligation to attempt these activities. Currently, the resources available are for Maths, English, Science, P.E, Wellbeing and SEND.
Online resources for Children studying at home
ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN TO CONTINUE LEARNING AT HOME
We have published a list of online resources that parents, and schools can consider to support children to continue learning at home. The list will be updated over time, and includes a wide range of resources for all ages that schools can consider using as part of their planned curriculum. Schools have already been drawing on existing resources and tools they are familiar with to support children to continue learning at home and should continue to do so.
More information can be found here:
Parents Guide to Show My Homework
During the closure, all work will be set over show my homework. If you need a parental code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some guides to monitor your child’s progress and know all their homework deadlines.
Trussell Trust Foodbanks in Bromley
As I am sure you are aware, this is a very difficult time for many and so we have been continuing to work with the Trussell Trust Foodbanks in Bromley.
Their voucher process has changed slightly during this challenging time and we are now able to issue foodbank e-vouchers to families in need. Due to the current social distancing policy, foodbanks are closed to visitors, however, they are able to carry out deliveries of food to families who have been issued with a voucher. At this particular time, there is a three-day turnaround between the voucher being issued and the delivery being made so if you may require assistance, please contact us promptly so we can begin this process.
We appreciate that families may be experiencing increasing difficulties and would like to offer as much support as possible. If you would like to have a confidential conversation with a member of the Safeguarding Team to ascertain if there is anything we can do to provide extra support, contact us on: email@example.com, please provide us with the best number to contact you, and we will call you back.
The School remains open for vulnerable children known to Social Services, those with an Educational Health Care Plan and children whose parents are key workers, between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day.
Should your daughter require this supervision, please contact the main School Office on firstname.lastname@example.org marked for the attention of Mrs Hodgson.
StarLine home learning helpline
StarLine home learning helpline
This is a new national helpline and to help parents support their children with learning whilst at home.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
It aims to help:
- By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
- By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
- By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
- By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
- By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
Keeping Children safe online
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:
Guidance on apprenticeships
Updated guidance on apprenticeship programme
We have updated our guidance on the apprenticeship programme response to coronavirus (COVID-19) including information on the continuation of training and end point assessments for furloughed apprentices, and the pausing of new funding audits.
The guidance can be found here:
Keeping families occupied during lockdown
In-light of the current situation and families self-isolating themselves, we know that family life will be challenging, so please find below a selection of 30-day challenges that some families may want to try in order to keep children occupied – there’s something for everyone.
Top Tips for Remote Learning
Remote learning can be a great way to continue learning outside the classroom, particularly in these difficult circumstances. For parents and carers, the idea of remote learning isn’t always straightforward and there can be a number of factors they need to consider, especially around ensuring their children feel comfortable and are familiar with the whole concept.
Below are a few guides published by National Online Safety to provide a little advice.