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Mental Health Awareness Week

Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 3:41pm

This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May). Protecting our mental health and wellbeing is always important, but even more so at this unprecedented time.

The theme for this year has been kindness, which recognises that human connection and relationships are central to our mental health and wellbeing. Acts of kindness can help us to feel like we belong and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Across Sefton people are demonstrating their kindness during the pandemic, as we all come together to support one another in different ways from the #showthemyoucare campaign to everyday acts of kindness from members of our community.

Sefton Council would like to share their directory of services related to their health and wellbeing, including information and contact details for services relating to a variety of issues such as finance, relationships, physical health and smoking which you may find helpful in maintaining good mental health.

Coronavirus Testing

Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 3:21pm

The following is a notification from Sefton Council:

Coronavirus Testing is now available to anyone over the age of 5. 

The Government has said that anyone over the age of 5 showing symptoms of Coronavirus – which include a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/ change in smell or taste – is eligible for a swab test.

People can apply either:
- online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
- on the phone by calling 119 between 7am and 11pm.

Thank you!

School update re: reopening of Trinity St Peter's

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 10:30am

Dear Parents,

Following on from last week’s government announcement and in line with Sefton Council's announcement yesterday, we are working hard with our Health & Safety Adviser on our plan for school to reopen for all pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, whilst also trying to work alongside continual updates from the government. Further government guidance for the opening of Nursery settings is expected this week.

We are also addressing the National Education Union requirements which are also in place to ensure that governing bodies open their schools safely. Consequently we must confirm at this moment in time, we will not be extending the opening of Trinity St Peter's CE Primary on 1st June, for the suggested year groups. This date, set by the government, was the earliest date and an ambition, not a mandatory start date.

No one wants classrooms empty for one day longer than they have to be, but we need to work together with openness and honesty and to do this we need sufficient time, evidence and information that the plans we are able to put in place will continue to keep pupils, staff and the wider community safe. We are working on our plan to further open the school, which we will share with you as soon as possible. We will give you at least one week’s notice for the school’s extended opening alongside an outline of what our school opening will look like for your child to help inform your decision-making. In the meantime, we continue to prepare our school environment and classrooms for a safe, partial reopening by ensuring that we are fully compliant with our own risk assessments, health and safety regulations, and government guidance. 

We understand that some parents may be disappointed that we are unable to open school on the 1st June, however we hope in the spirit of togetherness that you are able to support us in our decision-making at this time. Never has it been so important to get something so right.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at what continues to be a challenging and difficult time for us all.

If you have any concerns or queries about school reopening please email: governingbody@tsp.sefton.school

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Pringle

KS2 Spanish 'Home School' Provision

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 9:20pm

Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home. Please access the website here or via https://www.languageangels.com/schools/ .

 

All of the children can log in to the ‘Home School’ section of the website using the following log in details: 

Username - Trinit1568

Password - lahome

Please do not share these details with pupils from other schools.

 

The children will have access to a selection of units, which will include: learning slides; some printable worksheet activities; karaoke songs as well as access to the interactive games area. The units have also been divided into three different levels in order to enable pupils to pick an appropriate level of challenge for them.

 

Instructions for accessing the site can be found below:

1. Go to www.languageangels.com

2. Click LOGIN in the top right corner of the screen.

3. Select the HOME SCHOOL option.

4. Enter USERNAME and PASSWORD.

5. Select the UNIT.

6. Select your LESSON and click START LESSON. 

7. Enjoy learning using all the resources provided in your lesson.

8. Click BACK TO DASHBOARD to select your next lesson

 

A video guide for using the website, which is suitable for both parents and children, can also be accessed here or on https://languageangels.pages.ontraport.net/hs .

Government Announcement Update

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 12:07pm

Dear Parents, 

Last night the government released the following information for schools and parents as per below: 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings - GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Following the release of initial guidance, we are working closely with our Health and Safety consultant to see how this can be safely implemented at our school. The government are expected to publish further guidance on a regular basis in changing circumstances. We will consult and share our plans with you as best as we can. Rest assured, the well-being and safety of our pupils, staff and wider school community will always remain our priority.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Pringle

Thank you, Nathan!

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 4:57pm

As you may already be aware, St Peter’s Church wished a special ‘farewell’ to their Curate, Nathan Thorpe, this weekend. The full service can be seen here.

On behalf of Trinity St. Peter’s, I would like to thank Nathan for his dedication and commitment to our school over the past three years. From delivering whole-school Collective Worship on a Wednesday morning to popping into classes to support teachers with their RE lessons to to helping the school recently achieve our Church School Partnership awards. He has been able to offer so much and has been a much loved member of our school family. Our Celebration of Kindness music videos won’t be the same without him!

We wish him all the best as Vicar of St. Giles, Aintree.

Thank you, Nathan - we will miss you! Keep in touch. 

Government Announcement

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 8:12am

Dear Parents, 

 

Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement, I am writing to inform you that schools have not yet received any further information to help support us in planning a phased reopening for some of our year groups in June. We expect we will receive further information from the DfE shortly, which we hope will provide assurance on how we can open our school safely for all of our pupils and staff. 

 

At the moment there is no change to the guidance for schools. We will continue to provide care for children whose parents work is critical to COVID-19 response and have no alternative child care. The message remains that it is safer to stay at home. 

 

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time. 

 

Take care and stay safe,

 

Mrs Pringle

Sefton Communities Being Urged to #ShowThemYouCare about Older People in Residential Homes

Date: 5th May 2020 @ 10:58am

                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sefton residents are being asked to help cheer up those in residential care homes whilst visits are not permitted due to COVID-19.

Through its new #ShowThemYouCare campaign, Sefton Council is asking local people to purchase items, such as packets of biscuits, boxes of cakes and sweets and flowers, plants and treats, and donate them to brighten up the day for the people living in local residential homes. Also, paintings drawings, poems and letters from local children and neighbours would really cheer up residents.

 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:

The need for us all to socially isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is vital but it is having this unseen impact for residents in Thornton Hall & Lodge and residential homes right across Sefton.

I would urge anyone who can to brighten up these older and sometimes vulnerable people’s lives by dropping off a little gift. 

We want to #ShowThemYouCare but we want them to do it locally. If you have older relatives living in residential care but they are in another part of the Borough, you can donate to your local home in the knowledge that someone else is donating locally where they live.

When you are shopping, you could buy a cake or some sweets or if you’re worried about keeping fit during this period of enforced inactivity and want to get rid of that spare packet of biscuits, donate it to their local residential home.

People wanting to leave gifts can drop them off at the door during their daily exercise. Details of other care homes across Sefton where people may want to leave gifts for residents can be found here.

Celebrating Victory in Europe 2020

Date: 4th May 2020 @ 9:36am

 

May 8th 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the UK’s lockdown restrictions, the previously planned celebrations for the 75th anniversary will not be able to go ahead and the day will look slightly different that what we had all perhaps originally intended. Despite the restrictions however, VE Day celebrations will still go ahead. To allow people to mark the day from the safety of their homes, a two minute silence has been planned for 11am, followed by a ‘toast to heroes’ at 3pm. The Queen will also make a speech, addressing the nation from Windsor Castle at 9pm, which is the same time 75 years ago that her father, King George VI, gave a radio address to mark the end of the fighting with Germany in 1945. We are also being encouraged to throw ‘Stay At Home Street Parties’ instead of the traditional neighbourhood gatherings. Organisers are encouraging the public to decorate the outside of their homes in red, white and blue, bunting and flags to mark the occasion, so that whole streets are adorned in the nation’s colours. This way, neighbours can enjoy the visual spectacle of national pride from their windows or during their one hour of exercise per day. We are also being encouraged to forgo group gatherings for afternoon tea and picnics and instead hold a smaller celebration in the garden or on a doorstep with your household. If you need ideas on how to throw your own VE Day Stay At Home Street Party, the government have set up a website dedicated to providing you with a full toolkit of resources at ve-vjday75.gov.uk.

On behalf of all us at Trinity St Peter’s - we do hope you and your family will be able to enjoy this day.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Pringle x

Gratitude is the Best Attitude

Date: 30th Apr 2020 @ 1:43pm

This week, we have created a short video as a staff so we could share our appreciation to some of the people who are helping and supporting us all at this moment in time whilst also wanting to reassure our pupils that we are all safe and well. It has also enabled us to pay respect to the incredible work of Captain Tom Moore on his 100th birthday today! 

We chose the song ‘Get Up’ by King’s Daughters because it is full of optimism and gratitude, which is very much in line with our school values. The group are also kindly donating some of their proceeds to ‘Mind’, the UK’s leading mental health charity, which we annually support on ‘Hello Yellow’ Day.  

Making this video has made us appreciate even more how fortunate we have been to create our whole school videos over the last few years, which have celebrated all of the kindness within our school community and brought us all so much joy and laughter. We hope it won’t be too long before we are all able to do this together again.  

We really hope that watching the video will continue to inspire our kind, thoughtful and creative thinking pupils to think of more ways to pay gratitude forward as explained by our school’s gratitude poster:

  

 

We have loved seeing so many of their wonderful, kind ideas that you have proudly shared with us - the class videos and Tweets have really made us smile. Thank you! 

In school, our wonderful key workers' children have created bunting which is now displayed in the Critical Care Unit in Aintree Hospital (as shared on our Twitter feed).

 

  

 

Mrs Warwick has also been busy making paired hearts for patients and their families; ear savers for the key workers using face masks (to protect their ears) and crochet hearts which she hangs from the tree in her front garden for passers-by to take as they wish. She has also been asked by a friend at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital to make some more. Mrs Warwick has kindly created some instructions if you and your child would like to make some too. The instructions are attached below.  

It has been lovely to see so many of the children this week through our Zoom class chats and we hope to organise more in the not too distant future. We really do miss being with them altogether in school.  

Finally, thank you again for all of the lovely, kind and supportive messages we have received this week where you have shared your gratitude for all our efforts at TSP. Your thoughtful words really do have such a positive impact on our working day. Thank you all!

With much love, 

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Pringle x 

TSP Staff's 'Gratitude is the Best Attitude' Lockdown Video!

 

 

 

Love Wins

Date: 22nd Apr 2020 @ 4:34pm

Charlie Mackesy’s symbol of hope ‘Love Wins’ is the design for Comic Relief’s T-shirt, set to raise vital funds to help vulnerable people whose lives have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlie Mackesy hopes that this work will inspire everyone to take greater care of one another. 

The pandemic has reminded us all that, wherever we are in the world, we’re all connected. And what matters most is caring for each other – keeping each other safe.

To help us stay connected with our pupils who we care for very much, throughout the next couple of weeks, we are planning for each class to have a 'Zoom' catch up. Further information can be found on your child’s class blog on Friday. These meetings we hope will provide an opportunity for the children to say hello to their teachers and friends. I’m incredibly grateful to staff for agreeing to do this; it really is very kind of them. I hope that you and your child will also appreciate this opportunity. I’m also looking forward to dropping in to as many meetings as I can. 

I am also very grateful to parents who have commended the school on our online provision, key worker provision and communication throughout this unsettling time. Thank you for also recognising the difficulties and demands placed on school staff and showing such empathy, kindness and compassion. Thank you for caring about us and our families too. 

We also know that your home-schooling experience will be very different for you all. We recognise that you will have different expectations and, like so many of us, have other demands placed upon you too. Please do not worry about how much you are able to do with your child. We thank you for what you are able to do with them. If you can only focus on one thing - please make sure it is reading and if you  do require further support with home schooling, please do contact us as outlined in each weekly class blog.

We really want our pupils to enjoy their learning and take pride in their efforts. Sadly, we can not replicate the wonderful lessons that take place every day at Trinity St Peter’s online without adding unnecessary and additional stress on our teaching staff, some parents and their children. Therefore, we have made the decision not to provide online lessons. We will however continue to share a wealth of information with you via class blogs, Twitter and our home school learning page for those that are able to do more. I do hope that you will support us with this decision as it is the spirit of togetherness that will get us through this crisis. Together we are always stronger.

We also really hope that at this difficult time you have been able to create some wonderful, happy memories with your children. Time is precious and we all have an opportunity to re-focus on what is really important at this time. Simply taking notice of one anothers smiles, each others laughter and any hugs that you are fortunate to have come your way is just one way to do this. Pay attention and listen to the love in your world. And remember to pay this love forward. Love wins.

 

Finally, I’m sure you were also delighted to see one of our pupils on a national advert promoting the importance of taking care of ourselves and one another. 

Thank you once again for all that you have done and all that you are doing to keep each other safe. 

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Pringle 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Parents

Date: 16th Apr 2020 @ 9:36am

While the government is asking everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. Here is some guidance around what to do if your child shows any of the following symptoms or signs:

On behalf of us all, I hope you and your family continue to stay safe and well.

Keeping in Touch

Date: 16th Apr 2020 @ 8:57am

Dear Parents, 

As the media continues to report daily on the number of cases and deaths relating to the coronavirus, we have considered the impact this could be having on some of our children and how together we can work together to support them in dealing with all possible outcomes.

Story books about the coronavirus have been written for children. They can be found by following the links below:

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

https://littlecoronaking.com

We are also aware that some children may be feeling anxious about being separated from family members or friends, especially if there is someone important to them who is seriously ill. One of our parents has kindly passed on a document entitled ‘Keeping In Touch’, which provides guidance for parents on ways in which you and your loved ones can feel close together, even at a distance. 

We really do hope that you should not need the following resources, but should you lose somebody important to you due to the coronavirus, please see the link below for guidance from Winston’s Wish about talking to children and young people about deaths due to coronavirus:

https://www.winstonswish.org/telling-a-child-someone-died-from-coronavirus/

The ways in which communities and families have traditionally marked the death of one of its members has had to change significantly because of the risk of infection.  It is not currently possible to meet together or support each other face to face as a community.  The powerpoint attached to this blog has been prepared to be a way of supporting our community at the present time.

Again, we hope these final resources are not needed, but it is important to know that there are materials out there to help and support families in all outcomes during this difficult time. For more support, please refer to our ‘Directory of Services’ page and ‘Keeping Children Safe’ Twitter feed.

We are also always here for you and your children as are our wonderful clergy from Holy Trinity and St Peter’s Church. 

Thank you to everyone within our school family for all that you have done and all that you are doing to keep everyone in our community safe. Everyone has an important part to play and we are all incredibly grateful for all that you are doing. Together we are always stronger.

Take care and continue to look after one another.

Love,

Mrs Pringle x

Easter

Date: 9th Apr 2020 @ 4:47pm

 

 

On behalf of all the staff and governors at Trinity St. Peter's, I would like to wish everyone within our school community a happy, holy and safe Easter.

This Easter, church services can be found on the websites for both Holy Trinity and St. Peter's. 

We would also like to thank all of our NHS key workers; we are truly grateful and humbled by all that you continue to give. You are all of our heroes! We will be applauding you and your families at 8pm tonight.

This week, I would like to share a poem with you all that has been written by a mum who wanted to help her children make sense of this moment in time:-

 

The Rainbow Children 

The history books will talk of now,
That time the world stood still.
When every family stayed at home,
Waved out from windowsills-
At those they loved but could not hold,
Because they loved them so.
Yet, whilst they did they noticed all the flowers start to grow.
The sun came out, they can recall,
And windows, rainbows filled.
They kicked a football in their yards,
Until the night drew in.
They walked each day but not too close,
That time the world stood still.
When people walked straight down the roads,
That once the cars did fill.
They saw that people became ill,
They knew the world was scared.
But whilst the world stood still they saw,
How much the whole world cared.
They clapped on Thursdays from their doors,
They cheered for the brave.
For people who would risk their lives,
So others could be saved.
The schools closed down, they missed their friends,
They missed their teachers so.
Their Mams and Dads helped with their work,
They helped their minds to grow.
The parents used to worry that,
As schools were put on hold,
Their children wouldn’t have the tools,
They’d need as they grew old.
But history books will talk of them,
Now adults, fully grown.
Those little boys and girls back then,
The ones who stayed at home.
They’ll tell you that they fixed this world,
Of all they would fulfill.
The RAINBOW children building dreams
They’d dreamed whilst time stood still.

 

I hope the Easter Bunny manages to deliver some eggs to you and your children on Sunday!

On behalf of us all, I hope you and your family continue to stay safe and well. 

Take care,

Mrs Pringle x

 

 

Togetherness

Date: 2nd Apr 2020 @ 2:57pm

 

Good morning everyone.

I hope you and your children are well.

Here is a video and a poem I would like to share with you in the hope that they can bring you some reassurance at this difficult time.

 

'And People Stayed Home’

 

And people stayed home

and read books and listened

and rested and exercised

and made art and played

and learned new ways of being

and stopped

and listened deeper

someone meditated

someone prayed

someone danced

someone met their shadow

and people began to think differently

and people healed

and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,

dangerous, meaningless and heartless,

even the earth began to heal

and when the danger ended

and people found each other

grieved for the dead people

and they made new choices

and dreamed of new visions

and created new ways of life

and healed the earth completely

just as they were healed themselves.

by Kathleen O'Meara

 

We must all keep hope - a magical word which can make everything possible in this world.

Please say a big hello to your children for me. I miss them all very much.

Take care and continue to look after each other.

With much love,

Mrs Pringle x

 

A message to all Parents

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 5:57pm

I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

I know this is an incredibly difficult time for you all and that you will be doing everything that you can to make this temporary ‘new way of life’ seem as normal as it can be for your children despite the many pressures you may face.

This first week has been quite surreal. We have all missed seeing the children’s smiling faces and the joy they bring us each day.

All staff volunteers have commended the children of key workers who have been to school throughout this week – as always they have been a credit to their families. I am sure that your children have also been wonderful, bringing you hope and positivity during such uncertain times…albeit perhaps with a test of patience here and there!

Last night, I am sure you also felt incredibly emotional as we applauded our national NHS heroes and all who are doing everything they can to combat this virus and keep us safe. On behalf of us all, I thank each and every one of you for what you are doing to protect us all within our extended school community. No matter how big or small you feel your part is in this crisis, everyone has an important role to play and by working together we will support one another as best as we can.

Acts of kindness such as ‘Formby Covid-19’ - which is a group that has been kindly set up and organised by a parent at our school, supporting anybody in the Formby area, be it for shopping, dog walking, a newspaper or just a conversation over the phone -  are incredibly heart warming and I thank all involved for helping our local community at this difficult time. If anyone should need the contact details for this group, please do contact the school.

We are so grateful for your emails which have been full of love, care and support for staff and their families; celebrating our staff as Stars of the Week on Twitter and sharing photographs of what your children have been up to. Together with this glorious sunshine, they have most certainly brightened moments in the day.

This really is the time for everyone to put our school mottos into practice and choose both kindly and wisely for themselves and for others. Your kind words and actions show what a wonderful school family we are. Thank you.

I pray that we all stay safe and continue to support one another.

Please do keep in touch,

Mrs Pringle x

Key Provision Worker - Childcare

Date: 24th Mar 2020 @ 10:32am

Thank you to everyone for their support in light of last night's government announcement. We are trying our best to support our pupils and their families whilst also keeping staff and their own families safe too.

Thank you to everyone who has been able to source alternative childcare and/or rearrange their working shift patterns. This really helps us maintain social distancing as best as we can. We understand that for some of our parents there really is no alternative and this is why staff, who are still able to do so, continue to kindly volunteer. This is a difficult and stressful situation for everyone but we will work through this together as always.

A letter from the Local Authority to Parents and Carers is attached below.

Thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe x

Church Online!

Date: 21st Mar 2020 @ 9:11pm

Here's the invite for Sunday's service.

And here's the link to our advert:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3clQe1F-3D8

School Closure

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 10:37pm

It is with much sadness that we add these letters to our blog. We would be grateful if you could read our pupil letter to your child too. It still seems somewhat surreal.

We hope and pray that all in our community stay safe.

Take care everyone. Sending lots of love x

Wellbeing

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 9:08pm

Please see below a list of websites to further support children whilst at home. 

In addition, we have also attached a useful document aimed at primary school children but also with relevance to older children as well as parents and carers.

 

Coronavirus Update - Key Worker Provision

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 4:08pm

Following today's letter please kindly note that we cannot stress enough - this childcare is last resort care.  It is about doing all that we can to suppress the virus, it is not about letting everyone carry on as normal. Even if you are a key worker, the Government has been very clear, if you can keep your child at home, you should do that.

We will reserve the right to withdraw the care for a family, if we are aware they are taking advantage of this frontilne service. 

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 23/3/20

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 4:01pm

This week's discussion prompt question is 'Do you think that space tourism is a good idea?'

Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson, are one of the first companies intending to make space travel accessible to the public. The company have seen a big increase in the demand for the tickets for flights to space. The company, who completed its first test flight in 2018, said it had received almost 8,000 registrations of interest for future commercial flights!

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are also attached.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 8:25pm

Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

Further details on this announcement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close

The Department is working through the policy implications of this announcement and, over the coming days, will be sharing with you the further information that you need.

Update on assessments and examinations 

Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.

New free school meals guidance

We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home.

Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. Final rates will be confirmed in the coming days, but we have confirmed that the voucher value for each eligible child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs.

Full guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance

Handwashing advice:

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Department for Education coronavirus helpline:

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

Where to find the latest information:

Updates on COVID-19:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Educational resources:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Latest Department for Education information:

https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

Primary Assessment Update

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 10:54am

The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled: 

- end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)

- phonics screening check 

- multiplication tables check 

- science sampling tests 

- all statutory trialling 

Primary school performance measures will not be published for the 2019/20 academic year.

Food Vouchers

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 7:03am

Holy Trinity have confirmed that they have a supply of food bank vouchers.

Southport Food Bank telephone number 01704 544419.

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