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Education & Schools (COVID 19)

Education & Schools

The Government confirmed on 4 January 2021 that England has now moved into a full Lockdown which will see schools closed for the majority of our children until February half term.

Remote Communications Protocol (open word document)

The Stay at Home guidance section on schools - “Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers”

The Stay at Home guidance section on childcare - “Early Years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open”

 Please visit the School website for their latest information.

Whilst schools are all in a much stronger position regarding online and remote learning, this can be extremely challenging for some children, young people and families. 

The Department for Education is providing devices (laptops, tablets) and internet connectivity for children, young people and families that meet certain criteria. 

In the majority of cases, devices for pupils who need them should be provided by schools. Some schools are struggling to provide devices to all children who need them, but the DfE have committed to making more devices available as soon as possible (January 2021) and they will be able to order additional devices soon.

Schools will be able to order an allocation of devices for:

  • disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 who do not have access to a device and whose face-to-face education is disrupted

  • disadvantaged children in any year group who have been advised to shield because they (or someone they live with) are clinically extremely vulnerable

  • disadvantaged children in any year group attending a hospital school

Children and young people which fit in this criteria should discuss their equipment requirements with their school.

The government has announced all schools, nurseries and further education colleges will close on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice, except to the children of key workers (including NHS staff, police and fire staff) and at risk children (including those who have a social worker or have an education health and care plan).

Guidance on schools temporarily closing - (opens external website)

Free School Meals Guidance (COVID 19) - (opens external website)

GOV UK Free School Meals Voucher Scheme - (opens external website)

GOV UK List of online education resources for home (opens external website)

To ensure we leave no stone unturned we have agreed with all schools a protocol that will be escalated if a parent of a vulnerable child or key worker requires provision for a school placement via our Key Worker Childcare form.

To date, our local schools have supported children’s learning at home and we have received many expressions of thanks for the extra mile and care that has been shown by headteachers and school staff. Keeping in touch has been a focus for everyone and has helped to make sure children continue to feel part of a wider community.
 
Schools have been asked to plan that children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are the first groups who are prioritised to return from 1 June. This is in addition to the continued offer for the children of our critical workers and those who are more vulnerable, including some children and young people who have Education, Health and Care Plans.
 
We have been working with our school leaders to assess and plan how they might be able to do this in a graduated, structured way, which makes sure that the school environment is safe for children and school staff, and allows for social distancing as much as this is possible with young children.
 
The model for reopening schools is likely to look different in each school because it will reflect the staff they have available who are fit to work, the nature of the school building and its wider site, the number of year groups they need to accommodate, and will be informed by a detailed risk assessment. Headteachers are working with their staff teams to plan the details of this phased reopening and our advice has been to use a graduated approach across the first few weeks of June.
 

Planning for a safe phased return to school - Letter from Kevin McDaniel and Cllr Stuart Carroll

If they are NOT registered on the roll of a state-funded school

the admissions team will guide them through that in-year process.  As a result, the admissions team will judge their likely new school and follow the process below

If their registered school (as held by the admissions team) is open

our school advisors will link the family with the school

If their registered school (as held by the admissions team) is closed

your link adviser will contact you to establish that you will open and provide a service to the family.

If their registered school (as held by the admissions team) cannot provide the service

we will allocate family groups to other open schools. This allocation will be determined by the next nearest school to the family’s home . There will be three lists: Maidenhead, Windsor and Ascot.

 

Useful Information

British Psychological Society - Support and advice for schools and parents/carers - Download PDF

If your child has special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) we are adding information and news about COVID 19 and what we are doing to support families on a dedicated section on the SEND Local Offer. Click the link below to be redirected to the SEND Local Offer:

SEND Updates & Resouces (COVID 19)

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

Joe Wicks PE Lessons
The Body Coach will be live streaming daily workouts for children on his YouTube every weekday at 9am.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Scratch
Creative computer programming

TheMathsFactor - Carol Vorderman
Resources for children aged 4 - 12 years while schools are closed. 

BrainPop Year 3-7
Videos and Quizzes on coronavirus

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

CBeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.