The following gives information about the current situation in the light of COVID-19. It includes updates on National and School issues.
Autumn Term 2020 Information about isolation and testing and remote learning
As school is now fully open, it is crucial that everyone follows the government's guidance about management of symptoms, isolation and testing. We appreciate that there will be many frustrations in this due to the cross over of symptoms between Covid-19 and the usual seasonal coughs and colds.
Please bear with us, while we try to keep our children, families and staff as safe as possible.
The documents below describe what to do if your child has symptoms (Isolation and testing information) and explain what you should do in the event of the various scenarios that might occur (Covid pupil absence guide).
National Assessment Update December 2020
On December 3rd 2020, the government gave the following information regarding Statutory Assessment (the assessments that schools are required to carry out and report nationally)
Early Years Profile will be completed as usual: This means that all children in reception will be assessed, by their teachers, against the Early Learning Goals and a Profile of their attainment submitted in June. As we are an 'Early Adopter' school, the Early Learning Goals used will be those in the new Early Years Profile, statutory for all schools from September 2021.
Year 1 phonics screening will go ahead as usual: this means that children in Year 1 will undertake the national screening in June to assess their attainment in phonics. Children in Year 2 who did not pass this screening in Autumn 2020, will also undertake this screening.
There will be no end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) statutory assessment: this means that year 2 assessments will be carried out in line with our usual school assessment and tracking processes, without the use of government published tests (SATs).
End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) assessments in maths, reading and writing will go ahead as usual with the exception of the Spelling and Grammar assessment: this means that Year 6 children will undertake formal SATs tests in Reading and Maths in May and their writing, including their spelling and grammar will be assessed through our teacher assessment processes.
Assessment Arrangements 2020 - The Secretary of State for Education announced on Wednesday 18th 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:
- Early years foundation stage profile for Reception
- Phonics screening check for Year 1 and some retakes of children in Year 2
- End of key stage 1 assessments for Year 2 (including tests and teacher assessment)
- Multiplication tables check for Year 4
- End key stage 2 assessments for Year 6, (including tests and teacher assessment)
- All statutory trialling
Performance measures for the academic year 2019-20 will not be published.
Department of Education - The DFE have asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
The following Q&A should be read alongside the:
Why do we have to prioritise children?
The first aim of the partial school closure measures set out by the Secretary of State for Education is to reduce the overall population of children moving around local areas as far as possible, in order to further reduce the number of social interactions and thus flatten the upward curve of the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, the second aim is to continue to care for children who are vulnerable, or whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response, so that they can continue to work where alternative childcare arrangements cannot be made.
How are critical workers defined?
Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place, so long as their job cannot be done from home.
Many parents working in these sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
How are vulnerable children defined?
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children with an education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
On the 16th March the Prime Minister announced new measures to deal with Covid-19 which includes the following:
If anyone in your household is suffering with symptoms the whole household should isolate themselves for 14 days.
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
- if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
- Pregnant women, those over 70 and those with underlying serious health conditions should take additional care.
- People within the high risk group will be asked to isolate for 12 weeks.
- Everyone should avoid non-essential social contact and non-essential travel.
The symptoms are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Hand washing 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 hand washing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools:
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)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: