In this issue
COVID-19: Updated education setting guidance, stay at home guidance and social distancing guidance
Home learning activity to inspire children to care for the environment
Our Voice Matters survey
Additional school aged Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training - Summer 2020
Inside Active Schools - March newsletter
DfE and national updates for schools
Foreword from Liz Mills
Latest newsletters

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Education Safeguarding Team Update - March
MyReward Bulletin - March
National guidance on health protection in schools
Inside Active Schools newsletter - March 
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Schools, colleges and early years settings to close; After schools shut their gates on Friday (20 March 2020), they will remain closed until further notice, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published (19 March 2020).

For schools that remain open for key workers and vulnerable children, there are three main pieces of guidance to bring to your attention:

1. COVID-19: Guidance for educational settings (updated 20 March 2020). The main messages are:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others.

  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • posters and lesson plans on general hand hygiene can be found on the eBug website

2. COVID-19: Free school meals guidance (updated 20 March 2020). This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free schools meals where:

  • the pupil has to stay at home because they and/or wider family members are displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) related symptoms

  • the school is only open for certain groups or is closed temporarily

3. COVID-19: Stay at home guidance (updated 23 March 2020). Please read the guidance for the full list of main messages, but, the key ones are:

  • If you live alone and have symptoms (new continuous cough or high fever) then you must self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started

  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms, 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. Please read the ‘ending self-isolation and household isolation’ section of the end of the guidance, as this provides more detail

  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

4. COVID-19: Guidance on social distancing and vulnerable people (Published 20 March 2020). Please read this guidance carefully – it is about social distancing for everyone in the UK so that older people and those who are in vulnerable groups (of any age) are protected, by reducing social interaction to reduce the spread of the virus. The guidance lists the underlying health conditions, and the social distancing measures to take.


You may wish to distribute the ‘stay at home’, ‘social distancing guidance’ and 'information for parents' to staff and parents.


For all the latest information on COVID-19 please visit  COVID-19 UK government response. The situation continues to develop at pace, so please check the website regularly.

The Department for Education (DfE) helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions on coronavirus – from early years up to universities, plus parents. Tel: 0800 046 8687 (open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm), DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

 

 

 

 


MENCAP have produced an up-to-date ‘Easy Read’ version Coronavirus guide.



Should you have any specific questions or issues that arise, please contact your Area Schools Officer at Surrey County Council, who should be able to assist you.



A message from Wastebuster.

We understand how challenging it is for schools during this time. With parents and children due to spend an extended period at home, we want to help by providing easier access to the Surrey Primary Schools Recycle it Right Challenge. Designed to help children see how they can protect the planet by recycling right, the Challenge is a rewarding activity that can be done at home.


For your pupils to participate they need logins, which we can provide straight away. Simply email info@wastebuster.co.uk to let us know that your school would like to take part and the number of pupils you would like logins for, and we will send them to you before schools close.


The Challenge deadline has also been extended to 5 June 2020, so all schools have an opportunity to take part.


Wastebuster also has a range of helpful free resources for schools to recommend to parents that promote care for the environment at home. If there is any other support you would like to help parents provide at-home activities for children during this time, please contact us.


Recommend a colleague
Email your school name and a colleague’s contact details to ianm@wastebuster.co.uk and they will receive our e-newsletter and login details.


Keep up to date
Follow Wastebuster on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for updates on our latest resources, campaigns and school eco-news.

 

The User Voice and Participation team are conducting a county wide survey for children and young people to share their views on the things that matter to them. We want to check in with Surrey children and young people and ask about their community, their health and happiness and give them a forum to have their voices heard. We would like to get as many children and young people as possible to complete these surveys. Any feedback received will go a long way to helping us improve the services that Surrey offers.

The User Voice and Participation team kindly ask you to promote these surveys using the links below.

Please see the Easy Read versions of both Primary and Secondary surveys.

The Our Voice Matters survey for Primary – 4-11 years

The Our Voice Matters survey for Secondary/College – 11/12-25 years 

If you have any questions, please contact the User Voice and Participation team at user.voice@surreycc.gov.uk

The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Programme involves Educational Psychologists (EPs) training Teaching Assistants (TAs) to provide emotional literacy support programmes to children who have difficulties understanding, identifying and managing their emotions. Through this, children are helped to develop skills that promote emotional resilience – skills that may ultimately make the difference between failure to achieve potential and a successful education.

 

For full details, please read; Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Training and Supervision - Summer 2020.

Details include:

  • What is the ELSA Programme?
  • Who is it for?
  • What are the benefits of ELSA training and supervision?
  • What does the ELSA training cost?
  • Training details for the summer term 2020
  • How do I purchase ELSA Training?

If interested, please read the ELSA Person Specification and Job Description.

Please also see the ELSA Training Contract and ELSA Training Booking Form - Summer 2020

Please note; as with all events scheduled for spring and summer this training is subject to change.


Read the March edition of the Inside Active Schools newsletter.

News

Schools, colleges and early years settings to close;
After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Schools and colleges are being advised against all overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice. ‘COVID-19: travel guidance for the education sector’ has been added to the central guidance page.

Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.

Resources

The list of approved academy sponsors has been updated.


Information on how to join the risk protection arrangement (RPA), instead of commercial insurance, has been updated.


Computing hubs offer local, tailored support to schools and colleges, to improve the teaching of computing and increase participation in computer science. The support offered to schools by computing hubs is free of charge for eligible teachers, or at reduced cost, and is funded by the Department for Education. All resources and online CPD are available at no cost to any teacher. Bursaries are available for eligible primary and secondary teachers to support participation in CPD.


The integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP) page has been restructured to make it easier to find tools, training and support and links have been added to additional guidance in the main content where relevant, instead of in the resources section at the end. ‘Fundamental equations’ and ‘supporting workbook’ have also been added.


A link to a previously published guidance document to clarify how users can apply has been added to the information on the behaviour hubs programme.

Guidance

The 16 to 19 funding rates and formula guidance for academic year 2020 to 2021 have been published.


The section ‘Scope of the 16 to 19 funding model’ has been revised.

The programme cost weighting section and annex A have been updated with the new weightings for high-cost subjects.


There are new sections on:

• level 3 programme maths and English payment;
• the high value courses premium (HVCP);
• T Level industry placements;
• the condition of funding adjustment;
• T Levels.


Data Returns 

The statutory deadline for publishing gender pay gap data is fast approaching. Schools, academy trusts and further education colleges with 250 or more employees should publish their figures by no later than Monday 30 March 2020.

If you have 250 or more employees, you need to:

• ensure your organisation has a nominated individual registered with the gender pay gap reporting service
• start preparing your organisation’s gender pay gap information using these gender pay gap resources
• read the guidance on how to identify causes of the gender pay gap in your organisation
report your gender pay gap data ahead of the 30 March 2020 deadline for public sector organisations.

 

 

 

 
Foreword from Liz Mills


Latest update from Liz Mills, Director for Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture



Dear colleagues

 

I want to start this update by saying thank you for the extraordinary effort and measures that you have been taking to put education provision in place for today, Monday 23 March. Most of you will have been working over the weekend, organising staff and identifying vulnerable children and the children of key workers in order to meet our duties to remain open. There is still a great deal of ambiguity and uncertainty and we are seeking to resolve as much as possible with DFE, as quickly as possible.

Just a reminder that on Friday 20th we received updated guidance. In summary the main points were

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others.

  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home

  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products

  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

  • posters and lesson plans on general hand hygiene can be found on the eBug website

  • you should encourage staff and pupils to observe social distancing whenever possible

  • unless you have been directly advised to close by the local Public Health England Health Protection Team, all education settings must remain open. If you are advised to close by PHE this will be confirmed to you in writing. We are also asking you to contact Surrey County Council and we will shortly be sending out guidance on a closure process. 

 

Updated guidance has been posted by the DfE; Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19 and Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision

Key messages are

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

You may also find the following links helpful

Isolation guidance for residential educational settings

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

On Friday we collated a list of specialist settings that require Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you are a mainstream school that has PPE needs, please can you email jane.winterbone@surreycc.gov.uk stating what you require and the reasons for this. Maintaining a supply of PPE is a key priority for the Strategic Co-ordinating Group.

We will be emailing all settings this week with guidance regarding risk assessment of vulnerable pupils, establishing expectations regarding opening hours, guidance for staff who need to undertake home visits, FSM vouchers and the actions you will need to take if you are faced with school closure.

The current expectation is that all settings will be open for a full school day e.g. 8.30am – 3.30pm in order to ensure our keyworkers can do the vital job we are asking them to.

We are collating FAQs for schools and parents and we will be letting you know where these can be accessed.

Finally, I want to thank you again and wish you well.


Liz Mills on behalf of phase leads and Maria Dawes.