Please find attached letter from the Chair of Governors.
Please find attached letter from the Chair of Governors.
We have received confirmation from the LA that we are able to open on Monday 1st June 2020 for our pre-booked Key Worker children and Tuesday 2nd June for our Reception and Year 1 pupils.
Please note that school is open to those pupils in Reception and Year 1 (not Year 6 unfortunately), who responded with an interest in a place from tomorrow.
If you responded, you will have received a pack of information via email detailing which ‘bubble’ or group your child will be in, and specific drop off/collection points and times, which do not necessarily correspond with the normal school day.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD (IF THEY ARE IN RECEPTION OR YEAR 1) OR WOULD LIKE A PLACE AS YOU ARE A CRITICAL WORKER, PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE, DO NOT TURN UP ON THE DAY.
This is because everything is tightly worked out regarding numbers, adult ratios, space. We cannot go above 15 in a group and cannot mix/combine/swap groups.
We have published our risk assessment under ‘Policies’ for further details.
If you are eligible and book in advance, we will make a plan for your child.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. It is for everyone’s safety that we have to be very strict with our procedures.
Please find attached an important letter that the council have asked us to send to you regarding the potential re-opening of schools from the beginning of June. We know you are likely to be eagerly awaiting detailed information.
All schools in the borough received further extensive risk assessments last night, which we have been so very busy in completing. These risk assessments will need to be given the green light by Health and Safety before we can safely open. We are not expecting to be able to give you the official verdict until the later end of next week, as they have to review all schools.
And of course, we are still in the hands of the Government.
However, please know that we are trying our very, very best to ensure we are doing all we can. As soon as details are finalised, we will let you know.
Keep safe and best wishes
DIGITAL SAFETY DURING COVID-19:
SAFEGUARDING FROM HARMFUL INFLUENCES ONLINE
The Home Office has issued information today for parents around online safeguarding.
• The impact of COVID-19 means that most of us will be at home for an extended period and are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time online.
• The online world is a necessity for many children in accessing school work and it delivers huge benefits, not least in enabling us to stay connected to family and friends during this period. However, many parents may feel concerned about the content their children are accessing.
• Although rare, there is a risk that increased online activity and feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited by negative influences and online groomers of all kinds to target vulnerable children and young people directly.
• An understanding of digital safety will help parents and carers safeguard loved ones from a range of harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.
• Extremists may use the COVID-19 outbreak to promote hateful views, for example through conspiracy theories blaming a particular group for the virus, or through spreading misinformation regarding these groups’ responses to it.
What steps can I take to keep my child safe online?
• If you have downloaded new apps or bought new technology to help stay connected at this time, remember to review and adjust privacy and safety settings if you or your child is signing up to a new online service.
• Government has encouraged Internet Service Providers to allow parents to easily filter content to put you in control of what your child can see online.
• You can switch on family friendly filters to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
– The UK Safer Internet Centre provides guidance on how to do this.
– Internet Matters has also provided step by step guides on how to setup parental controls.
● More information is included in the ‘Further Resources’ section.
What are the signs that my child may be being exploited online?
• Online exploitation is often hard to recognise because it is a complex issue. When it comes to being drawn into extremist ideas online, sometimes there are clear warning signs, in other cases the changes are less obvious.
• Although some of these traits may be quite common among teenagers, taken together they could be indicators that your child may need some help:
– Exploring new and unusual websites, chat forums and platforms. Harmful influences may push individuals towards platforms with a greater degree of anonymity.
– Joining new or secret groups since isolation.
– Speaking with new friends or being secretive about chats during online gaming or in forums.
– A strong desire to seek new meaning, identity and purpose.
– Using language you wouldn’t expect them to know.
– Watching, sharing or creating films online linked to religious, political or racial hate.
– Becoming increasingly argumentative or refusing to listen to different points of view.
Should I be concerned that a loved one is being exploited online?
• The above are merely signs that they might need help, but you know your child best and you will want to speak with them first. Check in with them and ask about what they are viewing, who they are speaking to and how they are feeling. This might feel difficult, but here are some pointers to help you:
– Listen carefully to their fears and worries. Find some helpful tips here.
– Avoid explanations that could be interpreted as antagonistic, belittling or frightening.
– Advice and support is available to help them understand COVID-19.
– If they are finding it hard to cope with bereavement and grief – advice can be found here.
What help is available if my child is being exploited online?
• It is important to safeguard loved ones from a range of online harms, whether that’s child sexual exploitation, fraud, or extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.
• If you are concerned that your child may be at risk of radicalisation, help is available to make sure they get the support they need to move away from harmful influences.
• Teachers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, the police, charities, psychologists and religious leaders work together to safeguard those vulnerable to radicalisation through a safeguarding programme known as Prevent.
• Prevent protects people from being drawn into hateful extremism – regardless of the ideology. It works in a similar way to safeguarding processes designed to protect people from gangs, drug abuse, and physical and sexual exploitation.
• Receiving support through Prevent is voluntary, confidential and not any form of criminal sanction. It will not show up on any checks or negatively affect an individual’s future in any way.
• The type of support available is wide-ranging, and can include help with education or careers advice, dealing with mental or emotional health issues, or digital safety training for parents; it all depends on the individual’s needs.
• With this specialist help, vulnerable people across the country have moved away from supporting hateful extremism, enabling them to live more stable and fulfilling lives.
How can I access support and advice for a loved one being radicalised?
• As with other safeguarding functions, Prevent is still operating during this time and is here to support families in times of need.
• If you are worried that a loved one is being radicalised, you can call the police on 101 to get advice or share a concern so that they can get safeguarding support. Alternatively, you can contact your local authority safeguarding team for help.
• Contacting the authorities will not get the individual into trouble if a criminal act hasn’t been committed. The local authority or police will discuss your concerns, suggest how they can best help and give you access to relevant support and advice.
• If you think someone is in immediate danger, or if you see or hear something that may be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call 999 or the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
I have seen concerning hateful content online that could cause harm. What should I do?
• Prevent takes robust action to tackle radicalisation online and to counter the ideology promoted by extremists. This includes removing terrorist-related material and action to suspend the accounts of those fuelling these views.
• Any member of the public can report terrorist content they find online through the GOV.UK referral tool. The Action Counters Terrorism campaign provides more information on this.
Please see the attached sheet with the links on.
As I am sure most of you have, we have just watched the Prime Minister’s speech regarding the road map towards relaxing the social distancing measures. We have had no prior notice about what it would contain.
We are waiting to receive more information from the government and local authority about what this means for schools and how it should work out.
Please may we remind you that for the time being, nothing has changed, and we will run school as we have done for the last 7 weeks, just for our key workers and specific vulnerable children.
We will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.
As I’m sure you can imagine, we have an awful lot to think about……..
Thank you once again for all of your wonderful support and sacrifice. It just shows what a fantastic school community we have.
Keep safe and kindest regards
Dear Year 2 parents and children
We are very sad to say that Miss Farthing will be leaving us on the 30th April. What a shame that most of you will not be in school during the time she has left with us, and I really wish we could have been in the position to do something before lockdown. However, I’m absolutely sure that she will love to send you a video message herself and would welcome any communication back. This may be helpful for the children, as they may find this sad in these unsettling times.
We thank Miss Farthing very much for all the wonderful work she has done and wish her all the very best for her future career! She will be missed.
I am relieved and delighted, though, that we have managed to recruit a fantastic teacher from Newport Infants, Mrs Steventon. I’m sure the children will love her too, and they may remember her from a lesson she taught them last term. She, too, would like to send the children a welcome video message when she starts, and would love to get to know them and the things they have been doing.
Thank you for all your continued support as we try to the best we can.
Dear Children, Parents and Carers
I hope you have managed to have a restful Easter with your families, keeping well and safe. We are sending much love and best wishes to everyone and we miss you very much!
Thank you so very much for everyone who has made many sacrifices to stay at home where possible, and to our essential front line workers who have continued to work to keep us all safe and provide for what we need.
As a parent I know only too well how difficult home-schooling is (it doesn’t matter that I’m a teacher – according to children, mum knows NOTHING!! 🙂 🙂 )
The government released documents to support parents at home today (Sunday 19th April) and I have just finished listening to the briefing from the Education Secretary. It is very clear that there are no dates to open schools yet. I attach the Government links below:
It is very, very important that we continue to ensure we adhere to the ‘stay at home’ measures for everyone’s safety.
Our teachers have been very busy putting together work for your children to do while they are away from school, and you will receive emails or access the website as this is available.
I have had a few worried parents contact school to say that they are finding that they are not able to support their child in the way that a teacher might be able to, and whether they can have teacher lesson plans or online lessons with the class teacher.
I can’t stress enough that any work provided is there as a help – only if you need it. There is absolutely no expectation that you need to complete everything that is offered. We understand that all children are different. Some children will race through their work, whilst others will find it very difficult. We know that parents are also in different positions – some will be fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time with their children. Others will be working from home, juggling to meet the demands of caring for their family/family members in these difficult times.
Our teachers are also in similar positions – some are able to respond to work more easily, others have vulnerable family members, health conditions and other demands that make parity across classes very difficult, if we were to set more stringent rules around teaching at this difficult time.
Please make sure you rest assured that if your children are safe, you’re doing a great job. The very best is to make sure they are reading regularly, getting fresh air and exercise where possible. Cooking together, doing jigsaws or games, watching TV together, talking together, allowing your child space to develop their independence, practising musical instruments, learning new skills, pursuing children’s own interests, and simply resting are just as valuable in these unusual and worrying times. Simple routines are great and help with mental health of all members of the family. But everyone is different.
My teachers have begun to hold weekly virtual staff meetings, and this week we will discuss how we can provide a little more clarity if tasks are difficult to understand, and other ways in which we can provide some support. We will communicate this to you when we have done so. Believe me, often other teachers can’t follow teacher’s lesson plans – these are always for their own reference and do not go into step by step detail that would be needed if parents were to try and follow them. Teachers plan a sequence of learning over time with desired outcomes, rather than document each lesson in minute detail.
If you find tasks are difficult (or would like more to get your teeth into) there are plenty more things that the children can do. As of Monday morning (20th April), BBC Bitesize will be providing learning opportunities that children can access from home. This is the link:
We also send out links to things that you may find useful too. But again, please don’t feel any pressure with this.
It will be our duty, as a school, to plan for the children when they do eventually return to us. We will look to get everyone back on track and who knows – is very possible that some children will return with new-found skills and interests they didn’t have time to develop before! 🙂
If there is anything you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to email the school office: A3352@telford.gov.uk and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.
We would love to hear how you are doing. If you would like to send us pictures of work, achievements, good mentions, that would be brilliant! We do publish those with permission on our Facebook page and class pages where we can.
Well, what an unusual, quite historic start to a Summer Term!
Please keep safe, that is first and foremost, and we will keep in touch as regularly as we can.
Send all our very best wishes,
Mrs Beale and staff of SS Peter and Paul
Thank you all so much for getting your urgent forms back to us on time and bearing with us in this unprecedented, confusing time!
We now have a list of the eligible children and have provided staffing for the week ahead. You will have been notified if your child has a place.
Any cancellations, please ring school in the usual way, as we will be keeping registers. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept any more children without prior booking and eligibility checks.
FOR THOSE CHILDREN WITH A PLACE:
For children coming in to school as of Monday 23rd March 2020, the following measures/precautions must be taken:
We wish you all the very best. Please stay safe and look after yourselves and loved ones.
We hope to see you all again very soon.
The Government released information over night about who key workers are, and how schools could provide care.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
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.
Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
We will be shortly issuing forms for you to return as a matter of urgency if BOTH PARENTS or SOLE PARENTS are key workers and their specific roles are confirmed as necessary for essential public services.
We will contact you directly to let you know if your child has a place and what the arrangements will be.
Thank you so much for bearing with us as we have been waiting for the official Goverment responses.
Stay safe everyone,
As I am sure you are aware, the Government has announced that all schools, colleges and early years settings are to close from Monday, for an undetermined period of time, with the exception of the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
A full list of key worker categories will be published tomorrow (Thursday) by the Cabinet Office.
Children who do not fall into these categories will need to remain at home.
As you can appreciate, as a school we are not in receipt of full details as of yet, therefore we don’t yet know how this will work in practice. We will await the official guidance and plan for how we will cater for this as soon as we know. We will communicate this to you as soon as we can.
The Government has also announced plans to support children in receipt of Free School Meals, to include a voucher system. Again, we will provide full details when they are clear to us.
Thank you for your patience, co-operation and resilience in these unprecedented times.
We are a wonderful extended school family and will do our very best for our children within the Government’s rules.