School Gateway – Information letter
2nd November 2020 – INFORMATION FROM TAMESIDE.GOV.UK/VOUCHER
First, FSM vouchers, as you may have seen last weekend Executive Leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington, announced that no child in Tameside on free school meals would go hungry over the half-term break. A voucher to the value of £15 from either Tesco or Asda is available for each eligible child. Parents or carers of children on benefits-related free school meals can go to the Tameside Council website and complete an online form. Further information and how to apply can be found here at www.tameside.gov.uk/voucher.
If parents or carers are unsure about filling in the form or don’t have access to the internet they can contact the Early Help Access Team on 0161 342 4260 to talk through the process. Likewise, if families need any other urgent support they can contact the team on the same number. There is also information on wider help available for children and families on our website at www.tameside.gov.uk/earlyhelp/neighbourhoods.
Power Point and video by Miss Lees explaining the Foundation Learning curriculum in more detail and you will find it in the Foundation Learning section.
A link to the video is: https://www.loom.com/share/bef6c6f5d22143f3854920ce402e86aa
Please click on link to view Mrs Langley’s letter to parents/carers – Letter from Mrs Langley 31.10.20
In line with recent government guidance we are implementing a policy of requiring face coverings in communal areas – for example at social times unless eating, in corridors, before and when leaving the site or at any other point when outside the classroom or learning environment. This is because these are the points where unplanned contact could occur outside planned classes/groups/bubbles.
However, students may be asked to remove a face covering briefly for identification purposes and we would expect them to comply with this request. Face coverings will remain optional when in classrooms/learning environments.
In the same way that there are exceptions for some adults with particular needs that prevent them wearing face coverings we will no doubt need to make exceptions for some students – if this applies to your child, please let their Head of Year know in advance of their return. Please can all parents discuss with the students the reasons for this rule, and the reasons for the exceptions – we do not want anyone isolated or uncomfortable in this situation because of a lack of understanding.
Please note that, in line with many schools, we will consider the face covering part of our uniform policy. Therefore they MUST be plain black, white or grey, with no logos displayed, OR the disposable blue masks currently in general usage. They must be a face covering made for the purpose – NOT a scarf please, this has other connotations that are not to be invited into the school environment.
Staff will also be asked to wear face coverings in the same circumstances.
In light of the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, Government guidelines state that from Monday 23rd March 2020, if it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be.
A list of key workers as defined by the Government are detailed here:
You may be asked to provide evidence of your Key Worker status such as a recent payslip or bank statement.
May we also remind you that if you or any member of your household develops symptoms associated with the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) disease, then you should all self-isolate for 14-days. Please refer to the Government guidelines, the most up-to-date of which can be found on the Government website (www.gov.uk).
With our very best wishes,
Mrs J Langley
The SEND Pupil Support Service is now offering a Parent Helpline. The service is for the parents/carers of children with EHCPs, currently not in school. The service will offer support and guidance to parents who have SEND children at home, and who are currently struggling to support, engage and/or manage their SEND needs. The SEND team may be able to suggest strategies to help parents and carers to engage their child with work set by school. The helpline will be available to parents from Monday 30th March 2020, and will operate between the hours of 9am-1pm.
Helpline details as follows: Monday – Friday:
9am to 11am: 0161-3438381 11am to 1pm: 07971132375