Friday 19th June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Today we ran a virtual meeting for parents on Autism and Behaviour Support. This session looked at strategies to support behaviour at home. Miss O'Donnell & Fahima provided advice, answered questions and gave guidance and led a discussion to share ideas with other parents. Thanks to everyone who attended.
We also ran an online meet for Year 14 parents during the week, attendance was good and questions around the next step for students were discussed as there were a lot of anxieties about what Post 19 provision was going to look like in different settings. Thank you Patsy, Jane, Mr Prime and Miss Wood for supporting this.
Contacting Woodfield School
Woodfield School is currently operating on a very limited number of staff and unable to answer all calls. Please leave a message or email via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The contact details for key stage leads and form tutors was published in the newsletter last week.
PTA virtual forum meeting - 23rd June
PTA meetings were being held every 6 weeks where parents were able to discuss as a group issues and concerns. Due to the current closure and restrictions on gatherings, we would like to arrange a virtual forum on the 23rd of June. Although this is a PTA meeting, everyone is welcome to join, so please contact Patsy if you would like to be included. There is no strict agenda so if there is something you would like to discuss, please let Patsy know in advance. Deputy Head Mr Prime will be in attendance, as will other staff, who will be confirmed in due course.
Down Syndrome Support Group - Friday 26th June at 2pm
This is our very first meeting for parents of pupils with Down Syndrome. This will be a chance to meet and share ideas with each other and discuss any issue. Suneeta & Sylvia will be hosting and answering any questions & providing advice you have during this time.
There will also be a virtual meeting for parents of Year 11 pupils on June 30th. Let Patsy know if you would like to attend. The forum will answer your question and discuss the issues of your child moving into sixth form.
If you'd like to book a place for any of these meeting, email Patsy on email@example.com
Mental Health Awareness Workshop
The Brent Parent and Carers Forum, along with Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind charity are offering workshops for parents about Mental Health Awareness. See the flyer below for details and how to book a place.
Brent Educational Psychology Service
The Educational Psychology Service parent drop-in line is available to any parent or carer who has a child in a Brent school and who would like to have some time to discuss any concerns with an Educational Psychologist. Download this flyer for more information.
There have been some well documented problems reported across the country that some people have had problems with the government voucher scheme. When we had control of it at the beginning, it worked well. When the DfE took over, it became much more complicated. I think you should know that it takes in the region of 24 hours solid working to get those vouchers out and sorted every single week. That’s a massive task and we’re applying ourselves to it because it is very important for our families.
There is a DfE update regarding the situation, which you can view here. There are suggestions for how parents can access help, as well as a set of FAQ's.
Video chat & video meetings
We are aware that many pupils are using apps like Google Meet (which we use to conduct our virtual classes), Zoom or Houseparty to 'meet up' and socialise during their free time. We would encourage all parents and carers to monitor and be aware of what their child is doing on the internet. Seeing and speaking to friends is good for a child's mental health, but it's important to balance 'internet time' with other off line activities, such as exercise or family time. It's also important for young people to get plenty of sleep. The NHS recommends a minimum of 8 hrs on a 'school night'.
Parentzone and Net Aware have excellent guides for parents who are looking for advice regarding using video chat, or any aspect of the internet.
Turn2Us Covid 19 Emergency Fund
Please be aware that Turn2us charity has launched a COVID 19 Crisis Fund.
It’s a one off £500 grant.
As you can imagine the online application service is likely to be extremely busy and there is a high likelihood that applicants will have to wait for longer that the 10 days stated.
They can only help those who are in immediate financial difficulty due to the Coronavirus. You will need to satisfy all of the following criteria:
- You can clearly demonstrate a loss of income due to Covid-19 (evidence will be required showing at least a 50% reduction in earnings, we can accept bank statements, letter from employer outlining change in employment)
- You are a resident of the UK / Republic of Ireland
- You are not currently in Further or Higher Education
- You are over 18
- You have less than £1K savings (single person) or less than £2K savings (couple/family)
Please note that if you have received a Turn2us grant in the last 6 months we will be unable to assist you.
Click the here to find out more
Help from local councils
Local councils have set up guides for residents with regard to how to access a range of assistance over this time, be it medical, financial, business or even how to volunteer to assist others.
You can view these offerings from local councils by clicking the links below.
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
Public Health England has issued advice for educational institutions. Updates or changes to this can be found here.
Latest information and advice can also be found at the NHS Coronavirus updates page or https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus