COVID Summer Food Fund

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.

Deadline for ordering

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.

BBC Bitesize Daily launches today.

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.

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Primary School Admissions - National Offer Day

The National Offer Day for Infant and Junior applications is 16 April 2020.

Waiting lists

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.

How to appeal

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.

Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals

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.

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