IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 6.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN IN YEAR 6
We would like to update you on some exciting new developments that will take place across all schools in Hartlepool.
Each of our children’s journeys through education, from primary to secondary, is our key priority and we are always looking to improve that journey.
We have been working closely with all Hartlepool schools to think about how we can best support all children in their transition to secondary school. Together we have developed a new process to share information so that we can ensure that the right support is available to your child from the moment they start their new school. One of the ways that we can help with this transition is to ensure that the secondary school is in a position, at the start of term, to support your child in all the ways we did in primary school. This can only happen if the secondary school is aware of the information held by us.
As you will know from our Privacy Notice on our website we are legally required to transfer information as described in The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005. However, this year, using the new processes we are hoping to share additional information (if we hold it) with your child’s secondary school, such as your child’s:
· Learning style;
· Social & emotional development and behaviour;
· Early Help/Social Care involvement;
· Child and family Circumstances;
· Home to School Partnership arrangements;
· Friendship groups.
The above information will be shared to highlight any areas of strength as well as areas that your child may need support. If necessary additional conversations will be held to ensure your child’s needs are met in their new school.
Under normal circumstances, we would have discussed this with you in person and involved you in the transition process, however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, this has not been possible. I would therefore, ask that if you have any concerns about us transferring this additional information to your child’s secondary school then please contact the school on 01429 273663 before 22nd May 2020
Mrs J Thomas
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM AD ASTRA TRUST CEO, ANDY BROWN OBE
I am writing to you as the CEO of Ad Astra Academy Trust, of which your school is a member.
You will have undoubtedly seen that as part of the Prime Minister’s recovery strategy he is asking schools to extend their opening to more pupils from June 1st (dependent upon government scientific advice at the time). I understand that you will be very nervous about this. First and foremost, I can assure you that everyone in the Ad Astra family would like to see all of our children back at school, enjoying their learning and socialising with their friends as soon as possible. I do not underestimate how difficult this has been for our children, for you as parents and for our staff. However, I know that you will only want this to happen if you, your children and school staff feel safe and comfortable in doing so.
In order to give you some reassurance, I promise that;
1. The safety of our pupils, parents and staff is of the utmost importance to us and this will be at the very heart of any plans that we develop.
2. We are committed to ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of all pupils and staff.
3. We will make sure our plans are developed and assessed carefully and sensibly, taking into consideration all advice and guidance that is available to us.
In his speech, the Prime Minister was quite clear that 1st June is the earliest date that we can begin the process of opening more widely. I am sure you will understand that in order to manage this safely, there is a lot of planning and organisation required. The Headteacher of your school is already working hard with their staff to plan how this can be achieved. I am confident that a cautious, planned approach has the best chance of success.
Finally, please be assured once again that safety is our main priority. I want all pupils, staff and parents to feel safe and comfortable coming back into school and I look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back in this way.
The Department for Education published some guidance for parents and carers that you may be interested in. You can find this at the following address;
I will be back touch again once there is any further information to share with you.
Andy Brown OBE
Chief Executive Officer, Ad Astra Academy Trust
Last week vouchers did not get released from Edenred despite them telling us they would be. We are continuing to chase them. We can see this weeks vouchers in the system so they should be with you soon.
Please note: This is a government initiative and we are as frustrated as you are. We are doing all we can and can only apologise.
We have quite a few vouchers that are showing on the Edenred site as having been sent to parents but not yet redeemed. If you haven’t received your vouchers or are having difficulty redeeming them, please can you email firstname.lastname@example.org to explain your issue and confirm your email address. Packed lunches are available from school until you receive your vouchers however these will need to be ordered in advance to ensure that we have enough meals available. Please contact the school office on 01429 273363 to order a packed lunch.
Link to our school news page for updated advice
Hartlepool Support Groups
Daisy Chain Telephone Support
Useful Contact Numbers
Our doors may be closed but we will continue to be here to support and guide you in any way we can during this time.
Safety and Welfare Children Hub Hartlepool 01429 284284
Toileting advice Please see link with help for bed wetting, constipation, toilet training etc https://www.eric.org.uk
Head lice advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/
Healthy choices https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/about
Emotional wellbeing CAMHS Crisis contact number 0300 300 0099
Child line 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
Young minds 0808 802 5544 Young people can also text “YM” to 8528
Time to change https://www.time-to–change.org.uk/
Safer Internet Use Support
Support your child with films and activities from Thinkuknow.Thinkuknow films and games are a great way to start and continue chats about online safety.
4-7s Jessie & Friends cartoons – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos A three-episode animated series which helps keep 4-7s safe online. It explores three popular online activities: watching videos, sharing pictures, and online gaming.
8 – 11s Play Like Share cartoons – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/playlikeshare/ A three-episode animated series that helps keep 8-11 year olds safe from risks they might encounter online.
Band Runner game and advice website – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ A fun interactive game that helps reinforce key messages about online safety.
You’ll find lots more advice on keeping your child safe online at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
If you’re worried that a child is at risk of harm online, you should call the police.
Children can make a report to CEOP at https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Other recommended resources Parent Info
Expert information for parents about digital family life www.parentinfo.org
NSPCC Net Aware – Provides reviews and guidance on the most popular social networks, apps and games that children use. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
NSPCC PANTS (The underwear rule) – A simple way to keep children safe from abuse, by teaching them to remember the 5 rules that spell ‘PANTS’. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-childrensafe/underwear-rule/
Internet Matters – A useful tool showing how to set parental controls across a range of devices and websites. http://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/interactive-guide/
Internet Safety Sites
Childline - Reporting Tools for Children
UK Safer Internet Centre - To report harmful online content
CEOP - Advice about online abuse
Internet Matters - Support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
London Grid for Learning - Keeping children safe online
Net-Aware - Advice from the NSPCC for parents and carers
Parent Info - Support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
Thinkuknow - Keeping children safe online advice from the National Crime Agency
UK Safer Internet Centre - To report harmful online content
Additional learning resources
Oak National Academy Online Learning - Resources produced by the Government to support learning at home.
Oxford Owl- Free reading books online
Scouts - Resources produced by The Scouts for fun at home and support with well-being