Educational Psychologist Telephone Helpline for Parents and Carers
Do you as a parent or carer at home with your children during the school shut down, feel that you need someone to talk to about how you can cope with this challenging time for families?
Birmingham Educational Psychology Service is providing a telephone helpline for any parent or carers of children, who feel they would benefit from a consultation with a psychologist to support them with any concerns arising at this time, for them or their families.Read More
Home Learning - online resources
If you go to the school's website and click on 'pupils', then 'learning links', you will find a list of useful websites that will support home learning. Some sites need usernames and passwords, which your child should have in their learning packs. Other sites require you to sign up for free and some sites are open access.Read More
Are you a 'critical worker'?
Please complete the electronic form (using the link below) if you believe that your occupation is within the 'critical worker' category.
We may need evidence of this to ensure that we are following Government guidance.
If the link doesn't work on your mobile phone, please go to the school's website instead. We've also sent the link via our text message service.Read More
Critical Workers - information from the Government for parents who are able to have childcare provided for their children as of Monday 23rd March
The following information has been released by the Government:
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.
We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.Read More
The link above should direct you to a government website, where you will find a video showing the correct handwashing procedure that's currently being encouraged nationwide. There's also additional information related to the virus and the associated symptoms.Read More
Spoz the Poet
We were delighted to welcome Spoz the Poet into school yesterday. He started with a whole school assembly that had all the children engrossed. Then did workshops with pupils across school to help them write their own poems.
The feedback from pupils and staff has been really positive and a tremendous day was had by all. Here is just a selection of what the pupils told us:
‘We we’re learning but in a fun way’
‘I thought the performance was really good for all the pupils, it was cool and funny’
‘I like the way he used words’
‘Lots of humour was involved when we read our poems’
‘Spoz made sure that everyone was included and it was really interactive’
It wasn’t just the pupils who were impressed though. Here are some comments made by the teachers:
‘Spoz was one of the best ever visitors I’ve ever seen come to a school. Every single child in assembly was engaged’
‘He captured every single child in the school’
‘He was amazing and the children were enthralled – they loved every minute of it’
We still have some of Spoz’s books available. Please ask at the office if you would like to purchase a copy.Read More
Mother's Day Lunch 26.3.2020
We are celebrating Mother’s Day on Thursday 26th March 2020 with a special Lunch. If you would like to come and have lunch with your child; the price of the meal is £4.00.
If your child normally brings sandwiches and would like a meal on this day then you can pay £2.30 via School Money, this does not apply to KS1 children or any children on Free school meals.
Payment needs to be made by Thursday 12th March.
World Book Day Thursday 5th March 2020
This year we will be joining in with schools around the UK to celebrate the 2020 theme for World Book Day: ‘Share a Million stories’.
In class we will be celebrating our favourite stories and children are invited to bring their favourite book into school and/or to dress as a character from their favourite book.