Welcome to our school - full of happy, hard-working children and teachers. We want every child to participate fully, respect other people, be independent and determined in achieving excellence.
I hope that this update meets you and your family well and in good health.
I wanted to update you about the school’s provision for key worker families and how the school is developing its home learning strategy.
We are remaining open for the families of key workers and are currently serving approximately ten children a day. A new booking form for next week can be downloaded below. I have also included forms for the weeks across the Easter period. Should provision be required over these weeks, we intend to remain open.
Mrs. Gardiner is working hard at finding the best way for the school to operate remotely and we will be looking to launch these programmes immediately after the Easter holidays. This will give teaching staff time to become more secure in how they can best deliver learning.
Therefore, we are looking at providing another learning pack from next Tuesday, which will take us to April 19th (the end of the Easter holidays), when we will launch our new remote learning provision.
Included in this pack will be your child’s password and username for:
Once you have received login details please feel free to log in and have a look around. Further details about how we will utilise these resources, including how we will set work and feedback to pupils, will be sent to you in the upcoming weeks.
In order to help us prepare our long-term learning provision, could all parents please complete a short survey using the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XDZQ692 about the online access they currently have available. This will help us to ensure the best possible remote learning provision is provided for all pupils.
How we plan to get the packs to you
This has proved a difficult conundrum, but we feel that the plan below will minimise contact and enable parents to confidently receive their child’s work.
Between 10.00 am and 2.00pm on Tuesday 31st March, packs/passwords will be available from the front of the school, so if you are taking in your daily exercise or traveling to the shops you will be able to collect the work on route.
Should you be unable to collect the package (due to location or circumstance) they can be:
If you wish the pack to be either delivered or emailed to you, please contact Mrs. Carter via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the above is subject to any changes to current government guidance.
From this point forward all learning will delivered remotely.
Thank you in advance for your support as we move towards remote learning and please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions.
It is with great sadness that today we have moved to a shutdown position; the laughter of Little Eaton children will not peal through our lovely school for a while.
This has been a tough time for our whole community, but I have seen during my short tenure what a resilient community you are, and I am very proud to have joined it.
Whilst we may be separated by distance, we are still your child’s school and we are working hard to find ways to bridge this gap. Our office will be open during normal hours so please feel free to make contact, no matter how trivial you feel your query is (or even if you just need a chat).
I would like to take a moment to say how wonderful our children have been. Throughout these last few weeks, they have remained calm, sensible and thoughtful. They have been a real credit to you and for that, I am very grateful.
In particular, I want to mention our fantastic Year Six children. They have been wonderful role models to the younger ones and their sense of calm has set the tone within the school. I have seen that some schools have finished today with leavers assemblies etc. Our leavers' assembly is yet to come, but it will, and we will celebrate a class of extraordinary young people!
Finally, a school is the heart of a community and should any family feel they need support, in any way, please contact the school and we will help in any way that we can.
Thank you for your patience and support,
As a school, we will be open from Monday for the children of key workers and children identified as vulnerable. The Government official list has been published and is listed below.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
I expect the telephone system to be busy tomorrow so please feel free to contact the school via email or text. Please indicate if your child will require a hot dinner.
Current guidance is:
If you meet the criteria, please contact the school so that we can discuss your needs and plan our provision accordingly.
Free school meals
The Government’s latest guidance is:
Low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers, food or meals to make sure they continue receiving this support, even if they are no longer attending school due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Schools will be able to provide meals or vouchers for supermarkets or local shops, which can be sent directly to families who are either self-isolating at home or whose schools are closed on government advice. This follows the Education Secretary’s announcement on Wednesday that schools will close from Monday until further notice, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Over the next two days, we will be in touch with those families affected by this to find the solution most suitable for your circumstance.
We are working hard to ensure that our children receive the best possible education in abnormal circumstances.
All children have received a pack to last them for a week. A similar pack will be created for the week beginning 30th March.
Mrs. Gardiner will be leading our home learning provision team and over the next two weeks, she will be exploring ways to maximise learning opportunities.
Key focus points will be:
• how online resources can be used and shared;
• how children without access to online resources can learn;
• how frequently work will be updated;
• how pupils will submit work for feedback;
• how frequently feedback will be provided;
This needs to be reasonable and achievable for all and will develop over time.
The children accessing key worker/vulnerable schooling will work in tandem with those at home, and therefore they will need to bring their packs into school.
Many thanks again for your support.
Firstly, may I say a huge thank you for your support and consideration during today. We are working extremely hard to ensure that the children remain calm during this unusual time and I must say they have been great.
The latest government advice is to stay at home for 14 days if you or a member of your household have either:
• a high temperature (≥37.8°C)
• respiratory symptoms, which might include: cough (with or without sputum), shortness of breath, wheezing, sneezing) You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
I have met this evening with our Chair and Vice Chair of governors to review our action plan in light of the this latest news.
Work will be made available through the Class pages as of tomorrow . We have a series of teaching packs, which will be issued if the government announces the closure of schools.
May I stress that should you feel that your child or family are particularly vulnerable please keep your child at home and telephone the school office for further clarification.
Also, as a result of teacher and pupil absence, we will be cancelling parent evenings this week. Alternative arrangements will be confirmed in due course.
Again, many thanks for your support.
For the latest government advice: CLICK HERE
Further to my letter dated 13.3.20:
I have updated this page with links that may be of assistance to parents. As a school we are following government guidance, but please may I stress that should you feel that your child or family are particularly vulnerable please keep your child at home and telephone the school office for further clarification. The safety of our children is paramount and I appreciate your support through this difficult time. As soon as new guidance is released to schools I will ensure it is relayed promptly. I am also requesting that all children bring a named water bottle to school, rather than using the water fountain.
The main summary points that parents need to know are listed below:
Call NHS 111, or 999 in an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk), and if appropriate, explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days. You can do this on their behalf if this is easier. People who become unwell should be advised not to go to their GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.
Whilst you wait for advice from NHS 111 or an ambulance to arrive, try to find somewhere safe for the unwell person to sit which is at least 2 metres away from other people. If possible, find a room or area where they can be isolated behind a shut door, such as a staff office or meeting room. If it is possible to open a window, do so for ventilation. They should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects and be advised to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the bin. If no bin is available, put the tissue in a bag or pocket for disposing in a bin later. If you don’t have any tissues available, they should cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow. The room will need to be cleaned once they leave.
If they need to go to the bathroom whilst waiting for medical assistance, they should use a separate bathroom if available.
Make sure that children and young people know to tell a member of staff if they feel unwell.
If anyone has been in contact with a suspected case in a childcare or educational setting, no restrictions or special control measures are required while laboratory test results for COVID-19 are awaited. There is no need to close the setting or send other learners or staff home. As a precautionary measure, the NHS are currently testing a very large number of people who have travelled back from affected countries, the vast majority of whom test negative. Therefore, until the outcome of test results is known there is no action that staff members need to take apart from cleaning specific areas (section 13) and disposing of waste (section 14).
Once the results arrive, those who test negative for COVID-19 will be advised individually about returning to education.
Hopefully the above will be helpful and again, many thanks for your support.
Government advice and updates on Coronavirus: CLICK HERE
Government advice to schools and educational settings: CLICK HERE
Government travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: CLICK HERE
Public Health England blog: CLICK HERE
The Department for Education have launched a helpline for staff, parents and young people.
0800 0468 687
Opening hours 8am to 6pm
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Government coronavirus action plan 12.3.2020
The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.
The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.
Action plan recap
The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.
The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.
As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice to educational settings in England. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.
Where to find the latest information
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Government Coronavirus action plan On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle t…
On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here:
The action plan sets out a four phased approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.
As there are already cases in the UK, the current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.
As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.
The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those we are planning to implement.
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
On Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information: