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Friday 1st July 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Last day of term
The last day of school this term is Friday 22nd July. Pupils will be finishing at the earlier time of 1:30pm. Transport has been made aware of this change from normal daily routine.

Summer Fair - On 6 of July
As a part of Careers and Preparation for Adulthood, all the students were involved in running Enterprise projects throughout the term and are ready to showcase their skills in the form of products and performance. Hence, we are holding the Summer fair on the 6 of July. This term, we were working on developing the essential skills of Team building and Leadership and hope to see some of these skills being used at the fair. 

Keeping the Covid situation in mind, the fair is only open to our students at Woodfield and we are not inviting anyone from outside, not even parents. However, If parents could send their children in with £5 to spend at the fair, that will be greatly appreciated. All the money raised by the fair will be equally divided between buying class resources or having class parties and donated to a charity of the student's choice. We will be uploading pictures of the fair on the School website. 

School Lunches
From September 2022, the cost of school lunches for a 5 day week is £11.00, (£2.20 per meal). That is an increase of 5p per day (from £2.15 per meal) on current prices.

Brent Resident Support Fund
The Brent Resident Support fund (RSF) is a discretionary support fund available to Brent residents who are having difficulty due unforeseen financial circumstances this winter. It also includes short term need for support due to an emergency. The fund provides support in the form of an interest free loan, grant or both. See the Brent website for full details and find out how to apply. 

Help with gas bills - are you eligible?
The British Gas Energy Trust offers grants worth up to £1,500 for households with an energy debt between £250 to £750. This opens on July 1 and is available for non-British Gas customers. See the story in the Daily Mirror or on the British Gas Energy trust website.

Brent Parent Carer Forum The BPCF have several events upcoming, their contact details are on their website Come to meet the Brent SENDIASS Team and Jane Stewart from Childrens Family and Information Service.   Join us on 6th July from 10am – 12pm at Chalkhill Community Centre.

  • The role of Brent SENDIASS – Every Local Authority has a Special Education Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service. They offer information, advice and support for parents and carers with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This service is also offered directly to young people.
  • We will hear from the SENDIASS team about their role and how they can support you. Their service is free, impartial and confidential.
  • Childrens Family and Information Services team will come and share information on their service.

Venue Chalkhill Community Centre The Welford Centre 113 Chalkhill Road Wembley Park HA9 9FX Teas/Coffees and refreshments will be available.  Brent Parent Carer Forum CIC in partnership with St Raphael’s Family Well Being Centre New SEND  Parent Carer group starting! Come and meet with other parents every Tuesday at St Raphael’s Family Wellbeing Centre We invite you  to join us  on Tuesday 12th July 12.45-2.00pm This is your group, so join us to tell us what topics you would like to receive more information about  when this group starts  on a weekly basis on Tuesday 13th September    St Raphael’s Family Well Being Centre Rainborough Close NW10 OTR

Sufra Uniform Drive
Sufra NW London is a community Food Bank and Kitchen that provides emergency aid to disadvantaged individuals and families in crisis. At the moment, we are serving around 500 individuals per week, with this number set to rise alongside increases to food prices and energy bills over the coming months. Throughout July they will be collecting ‘preloved’ uniforms across schools in Brent and distributing them to hundreds of families experiencing financial crisis and destitution. They really hope you can help us support our guests. Please click on the images below to see full details.

  


Brent Cove Open  Access Service The service has been commissioned by Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust for 16+residents from Brent on an open access basis (individuals can just turnup), including A&E Liaison Psychiatric Services, Home Treatment Teams, Community Mental Health Teams and Single Point of Access). Click the image for more details

Skills Builder Home Zone. 
At Woodfield School, we strongly focus on preparing our students for Adulthood which involves areas around Employability, Independence, Community, and Health and Relationships. As a part of this endeavour, we constantly strive to develop our curriculum and involve the parents, through various workshops, such as Skills builder, RSE, Access to work, Supported Internships, Reasonable Adjustments and benefits. 
Skills builder is an organisation which works with 800 Businesses to map out the Essential skills required to get and maintain a job. We recently had a parent workshop from skills Builder, where it was explained how parents can teach the essential skills at home, by logging into the Skills Builder, Home-zone website. It was a very interactive session. The website can be accessed here: Getting started - Skills Builder Homezone

Please have a look at the website. It can be opened on smart phones and on computers and is quite easy to use. It has many resources which will help you teach the essential skills at home, step by step. 

Get involved in preparing your child for Adulthood. 

Free School Meals to families with no recourse to public funds. If your family is not currently eligible for free school meals, they may be now. The government has permanently extended free school meal eligibility to children in all households with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), subject to maximum income thresholds. Please review the guidance on the gov.uk website to check your eligibility, and contact the school or Patsy to assist if you require any help. The application form can be downloaded here.

Brent Parent Carer Forum Events Brent Parent Carer Forum offers information, support and friendship for families of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). See https://brentpcf.org/ for full details of what they could help you to do!

School Uniform
Just a reminder about school uniforms, could parents and carers take a couple of minutes to review our uniform policy.

The school uniform consists of the following items:

  • Black school trousers or skirt (skirt a minimum of knee length)
  • White Polo shirt
  • Black Vee Neck school jumper
  • Black shoes with flat soles
  • Black or white socks
  • Plain White vest or T-Shirt to be worn under the polo shirt if needed

The following items of clothing/accessories are not allowed to be worn at school as they are not part of school uniform

  • Jewellery, make-up or nail polish. Small stud earrings can be worn if girls have pierced ears.
  • Footwear: no boots or open- toe sandals and no heels
  • Hooded tops (hoodies) are not allowed to be worn in school
  • All uniform, including shoes should be plain black (or white if polo shirt, vest or socks) with no logos.
  • If you are in any doubt, please contact the school for a clarification.

Full details available on our website

Supported Internships
Less than 7% of adults with learning disabilities or difficulties are currently in employment within the UK* and they often face significant barriers to gaining employment. The West London Alliance’s Supported Employment Programme was established to develop and commission programmes to support young people with learning disabilities and autism to gain the skills and experience required to move into employment. The programme raises awareness and expectations of employment with young people, families and education providers through a series of communications and events aimed at young people and employers. The annual Supported Internships Fair is one such event run by the WLA to promote the Supported Internships that are on offer and to meet young people who have taken part in previous internships and since moved into jobs.  The details of 32 of these programmes are contained in this booklet.

Over the last few years, several ex Woodfield pupils have moved into full time employment after taking part in this programme via their college placement after leaving sixth form. Parents can contact Patsy or Jacqueline for more information. We are planning to have a virtual session on Supported Internships next term, as well as a possible on site visit/information session at the school. 

Emergency Contact
In addition to parent/carer details, we must have at least two other persons as emergency contacts for all our pupils. These people could be grand parents, a sibling aged over 18, aunts, uncles etc.
 
It is vital that we are able to get hold of a contact person in the case of a pupil emergency or illness.  In the past we have had issues in contacting parents or guardians, which not only creates concern for the school but also makes pupils anxious.

Clothing - Label your child's clothing and equipment
Please ensure that your child's clothing and equipment (lunch box, drink bottle etc)is clearly labelled with their full name. This makes it so much easier to return items of clothing and equipment that have a name clearly marked on them. We have already collected some unlabelled clothing left in the playground, and with the return of cooler weather, coats, scarves and hats will be needed. 

Sew on and iron on labels can be purchased form the internet, or marking the label already on the clothing with an indelible marker makes it much easier to return items to their owners. A clearly written first name on equipment is of enormous assistance in getting clothing and equipment returned to their owners expeditiously.

Covid at Woodfield
The school will continue to ensure confirmed cases of COVID-19 do not attend until the end of their self-isolation period. Instead, and in order to prevent avoidable spread in school, we encourage all pupils and staff to continue with the twice weekly LFD testing, and report all positive test results to us as is current practice. Please review the latest government advice regarding isolation.

You can order Lateral Flow tests from the government website, only if you are NHS staff, at higher risk or visiting a high risk place. You can still contact the school and we can send some home a kit with your child should you require.

School Money
Reminder to all parents/carers that we are a cashless school and take card payments via the School Money website or phone. Everyone should have received log in information via text by now, if you haven't then please contact Laila or Shilpa via the school office. We advise all parents to keep up with payments. You are able to pay in advance per week or per term, which ever method suits you best. If you have any questions regarding this then please feel free to contact Laila or Shilpa.

Sufra Food Bank
Woodfield is also a referrer to Sufra Foodbank. A charity that provides support to vulnerable families in need of additional help. They provide essential food and toiletries to families experiencing an acute crisis. The size of their food parcels depends on the size of the family that needs support but typically last between 5 to 7 days.  They also offer other support such as:

  • Community kitchen - hot meals being delivered to those without cooking facilities as well as the elderly and isolated.
  • Advice services & refugee support
  • NHS Emergency Food Aid Service - food packs for patients
  • Community garden
Last year Sufra delivered 600 meals across NW London to families and individuals in need. Their volunteers were incredible ambassadors, dressed in Christmas jumpers and hats and very often stopping to chat with guests, ensuring that those experiencing isolation were not alone on Christmas Day. This year Sufra will again be offering a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, crackers and presents for children will be delivered to referred guests experiencing financial difficulties or social isolation.

For those who are more vulnerable and unable to cook using the contents of a food parcel, Sufra also has a ready meal service available. This service is particularly for guests who have mobility issues/lack cooking facilities and are unable to purchase their own food.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from the assistance Sufra provides, please contact Patsy to discuss. This is a confidential service, no records regarding any conversations are held by the school, and any referral will be treated with absolute privacy within the school. 


Makaton is a language programme that is used in conjunction with speech to aid the pupils’ understanding of language and help them communicate with each other more effectively. Makaton is used across the school in lessons and break times. We would love for you to learn some signs so that you can sign with your child. See the We Talk Makaton website for more.

Annual Reviews of EHC Plans
Annual reviews, in the current circumstances, need to take a different form. A review meeting, even if by necessity briefer than usual, can be carried out as advised by the Coronavirus Act 2020 for the Secretary of State for Education. due to the need to assign some staff from working on annual reviews to delivering the rapid testing program, the timeframe for delivering annual reviews may be adjusted. You will be well informed of any changes.

In order to complete the Annual Reviews of EHC Plans this academic year, Woodfield School will conduct reviews, virtually or over the telephone rather than face-to-face where this can be done following the guidance on reducing transmissions of coronavirus (COVI-19). Therefore parents or carers will not be invited into school for a review meeting. 

An invitation e-letter will be sent out with more details as your child's' review approaches. (Please note that the Local Authorities have stated there is a backlog with amending ECHP’s). We will be happy to chase it up for you but just so you know ultimately it is the Local Authority who updates the EHCP. You will be entitled to a draft copy of all reports. 

Please note; we have a change in our GDPR policy as to how we send review paperwork of your child to you. We will no longer send reports to parents’ personal email accounts. As of September 2020, we will only use your child’s email set for all correspondences for Annual Reviews. This encourages access to knowledge and sharing of information in a safe and controlled way from us to you.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email on wf-senreviews@compasslp.co.uk or contact the school and speak with the SEN Administrator who will be more than happy to support you. 

Proposed dates for reviews:
Autumn Term 2021 - Oct -Dec  (Year 14, 13 and 9)
Spring Term 2022 - Jan - April (Year 9, 13, 12, 11 and 10 )
Summer Term 20212 - May- July (Year 10, 8 and 7)

Assistance 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.

Brent
Barnet
Harrow
Ealing
Camden
Westminster

 

Have a good weekend


Nick Cooper

Important dates

Term dates are subject to change, parents and carers will be informed of any changes.
 

If you would like hard copies (paper) of any document on our website, please contact the school office and they will arrange this
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