From Thursday 5th November the UK will be in lockdown.
Read here information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.
Are you still deciding which secondary school to send your child? The deadline is fast approaching, apply online before October 31st 2020.
We have uploaded virtual tours from the secondary schools in Derby in one place for you to go through with your child.
Please have a look - Click here
The NHS has launched the Test and Trace COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus. It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to the infection so that they can take the necessary actions.
The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over.
Most of our children would have gone back into school or starting school this week. This guidance from the Department of Education helps parents understand how schools are prepared to welcome back children safely and what you can do to help schools. Click here
The Government has given further guidelines to help those who require free school meals during the Summer period.
Any child currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals or who becomes eligible during the summer term is eligible for the Covid Summer Food Fund.
Schools should continue to accept and verify free school meal applications up until the end of the summer term.
The eligibility criteria for free school meals can be found at apply for free school meals.
Schools must order the voucher at least one week before the summer school term ends, and it will be issued to the family within 7 days unless schools have specified a distribution date further in the future. For example, schools closing on 17 July must place orders for all vouchers by 10 July.
These dates are in place in recognition that schools operate to different term times and that school offices will be closed in the summer holidays.
If a school receives a claim for an eligible child after the final ordering date of at least one week before your school term ends but before the start of the school’s summer holidays, it will be possible for the school to place an exceptional order for that child via the Edenred system.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government is temporarily extending eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). See guidance for the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information.
With the announcement of further non-essential shops opening from today 15th June 2020.
Parents might be planning to go to the school uniform shops.
You might have a child who is moving to a new school or starting a new school, or like most children during this lockdown period they have outgrown their current uniform and you need to buy some additional top up items.
The local uniform shops in Derby are open and have got social distancing procedures in place.
You can also visit the school uniform websites beforehand. Some uniform shops are offering a click and collect service.
Remember you can also buy school uniform from most large supermarkets.
Please have a look at our Uniform section for further information. Click here
Please read further guidance issued by the Government. Click here to read.
Please read the new Government Guidance published today 11th May 2020.
StarLine is a national home learning parent helpline established in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Led by a partnership of education and parenting organisations, the helpline provides parents and carers the opportunity to ask questions about home learning from qualified teachers with substantial experience and expertise.
StarLine makes sure that additional advice, guidance and reassurance is available to families six days a week as they continue to work and learn in the home environment.
Open six days a week
Monday, Wednesday: 8am – 4pm & 7pm – 10pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 1pm
The Department of Education has started a 12 week child's phonics learning programme on You Tube. Follow the sessions by clicking on the link here.
If you would like to get involved VE Day and mark the day at home. This website has some great ideas from baking to making bunting.
Have a look :
A quick news article to help parents and carers during this time on how to homeschool children. Advice on:
BBC Bitesize has opened its doors today. Over the past two weeks it has devised a range of lessons, resources, videos to help support parents who are homeschooling. They will bring three new lessons everyday with videos, content and activities.
Collaborating with teachers and education specialists, it will offer 14 weeks of curriculum based learning for kids across the UK.
Renowned physicist, Professor Brian Cox will bring science lessons to life as he covers topics including the solar system, force and gravity.
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s star striker, turns his attention to numbers as he sets about getting kids across the country counting in Spanish.
And former MP, Ed Balls continues the number theme as he goes back to his political roots in economics to deliver a KS3 maths class.
Danny Dyer, EastEnders actor and direct descendant of King Edward III, delivers the facts on another historic king, Henry VIII as he brings history to KS1 pupils whilst Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker will also be dropping into Bitesize Daily lessons.
Sir David Attenborough, known the world over for his natural history documentaries, is also set to be involved, helping youngsters to learn about the oceans, mapping the world and why animals look the way they do.
In week one students will meet; Mr Burton (Educating Yorkshire), Ms Webb (Primary), Mr Brown (Secondary), Ms Armit (Secondary), Mr Mycock (Secondary) and Mr McPartlin of Britain’s Got Talent fame.
They will all front daily lessons available from 9am each week day on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.
The National Offer Day for Infant and Junior applications is 16 April 2020.
If you have not been offered a place at one of your preferred schools, your child will automatically be put on the waiting list. All oversubscribed schools have to maintain a waiting list until December 2020. Derby City Council maintain waiting lists for most schools for one academic year. If you wish for your child to remain on the waiting list, you must contact Derby City Council by 31 July 2020.
If you have been refused a place, you can appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. The panel is completely independent of the schools and the Council.
Details on how to apply can be found on our School admissions appeals page.
This Morning TV programme is encouraging children to draw or paint a picture.
The new Nightingale Hospital has opened and they want your little ones to decorate the walls of the wellbeing area - the area where the doctors, nurses and all the other hardworking staff go to have a well-earned break during their shift.
So if you have artistic children who would like the chance to say thank you to the NHS, they would love them to draw or paint picture of the doctors and nurses hard at work helping people. They can decorate it with rainbows and messages of thanks and support.
The brighter and more colourful the better - and make sure you add your child's name and age to the picture!T
How to get involved
Take a photo of your child's artwork on your phone - JUST the artwork, NOT your child, filling the frame of the photo, and upload it to our app.
Tap Get Involved and select the drop-down category Pictures for Nightingale.
We need the pictures by midday on Friday 10 April.
This article outlines many different topics to help parents with their home schooling such as -
Last week ministers said qualifying families could claim shopping vouchers of £15 a week per child in term time.
Now the scheme will be extended in England over the two-week holiday. Unions said the move would help prevent children going hungry, as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove confirmed over the weekend that the vouchers would continue to be paid over the Easter holidays.
A Message from Derby City Council
If you need support with general tasks, or can offer help to vulnerable people, get in touch with the Derby COVID Community Response Hub.
Find out more about the joint project over on their Newsroom.?http://orlo.uk/kuPrB
Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Announcement from the Government :
Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.
Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.
The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
I recognise that the unprecedented action this Government is taking to protect the country from coronavirus, including closing schools, is dramatically affecting the lives of many families.
I want to thank schools for the support they are continuing to provide to families during such uncertain times.
No child should go hungry as a result of the measures introduced to keep people at home, protect the NHS and save lives. That’s why we are launching this scheme to make sure children who usually benefit from free school meals still have access to healthy and nutritious meals while they are not attending school.
Parents will receive the voucher through their child’s school, which can then be redeemed online via a code, or sent to their house as a gift card and used at supermarkets across the country.