School Opening Information
Last updated 17/07/20
We are delighted that the government has announced that all pupils will return to school in September - being in school is vital for both education and the overall wellbeing and development of young people.
The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, as ever, is paramount, so we are now in the process of putting together a comprehensive plan and risk assessment for reopening safely in September. Full plans will be shared with families over the course of the summer.
The academy is closed from 17th July onwards for the summer break.
End of term communications to parents, carers and students:
If you need a reminder of your log in details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students looking for further reading and reasearch will find lots of resources on Seneca
Urgent queries can be sent to email@example.com during the summer break.
Our IT helpdesk will also be available for technical support related to Show My Homework or academy student email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very important that the academy have correct contact telephone numbers and email addresses for parents and carers so we can keep you updated at all times. Please email any changes to your contact details to email@example.com.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19 - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Information regarding Free School Meal Vouchers
Last updated Friday 3rd July
The academy has ordered the next batch of free school meal voucher codes from Edenred for the 4 week period from 22nd June - 17th July totalling £60 per child ( 4 weeks @ £15 per week). Please look out for your e mail code from Edenred over the next few days.
Free school meal voucher codes for the Summer holidays should be delivered to your registered e mail on 20th July.
If you are receiving paper vouchers then they should be sent to your home address before the end of term. You will only receive one voucher code to cover the whole Summer holiday period 20th July – 2nd September at the amount of £100 per child so please try and spread the use of the voucher over the holiday period.
During the holidays there will be very limited support at the academy so if you encounter any problems then please contact the below:
firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel 0333 400 5932 if you have any problems redeeming your voucher code or do not receive your vouchers once you have redeemed your code.
email@example.com if you haven’t received your e code from Edenred.
Some of the previous codes issued will be expiring in August so if you have not redeemed all of your codes yet then please do so before they expire. Check your inbox or junk mail folder for any e mails from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Please redeem your code following the instructions as soon as possible at freeschoolmeals.co.uk as the code expires within a month.
Please see the links below for further information:
Application form for temporary free school meals for families with no recourse to public funds
Please complete this application form if you are in one of the following categories and would like to apply for free school meals during the temporary extension as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
- A Zambrano carer
- Have the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the ECHR
- Receiving support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 AND are subject to a NRPF condition
Download and complete the form below and email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for it to be signed by academy staff, or post it to the academy and mark it for the attention of FINANCE.
Support for students returning to school
Since 23rd March, life has been very different for us all. Work and school have moved into the home, face-to-face contact has been very limited, social distancing remains in force and everyday activities in general have been restricted. Although everyone's experience of the lockdown will be particular to their circumstances, we'll all have had good days and challenging ones.
The following resources have been designed by A Space counsellors to help students who are returning to school, but they contain information and support that is useful for everyone.
This handout has been written to support students in thinking about what the lockdown has meant for them and to explore how it feels to be returning to school.
A presentation exploring the different exeriences of lockdown
FACE COVID – How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis.This brief animation illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.
This leaftlet is for young people who have experienced a death due to the coronavirus.
Family Support Services (housing, benefits, food banks)
Family Support Services
https://hackney.gov.uk/find-support-services Interactive map for families - including food, finances (local food banks)
https://hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus Information for Hackney residents and can also sign up to newsletter and pick which topics you want information on (housing, benefits, what’s on, jobs)
020 7033 8501 or 020 7033 8587
Shomrim via Asado (Orthodox Jewish)
Hot Food (Kosher)
020 7118 7756
North London Muslim Centre
Hot Food (Halal)
020 8806 1147
Castle Food Service
Hot Food (Vegan and Vegetarian)
0208 706 0970
Hot Food deliveries at large quantities (300+)
The Flying Frenchman
Hot chicken soup to be picked up
020 7923 9828
Bags of Taste
Bags of ingredients with virtual videos
07788 651 042
Hackney City Farm
Ken - 07443 549 285
07904 515 316
0203 890 7474
020 7275 2414
Loan of free e-scooters and e-bikes
Richard Jordan (020 7859 4564 / 07968 055 978)
Wolf & Moon
PPE donation for frontline workers
Information for Key Workers
Government advice is that the best place for all children is at home whilst schools are closed, however selected schools remain open for the children of Key Workers and children with certain needs only.
Parents/ carers of children who have an EHCP, are Looked After, or who have a social worker under safeguarding arrangements are also eligible to send their child to school during the closure period.
Parents/carers who need to send their child to the academy because they are in work must confirm the days they will be sending their child IN ADVANCE.
Parents/carers will be required to provide proof from their employer that they have Key Worker status.
Students must attend in uniform from 8.30am-3.15pm and they will be provided with a packed lunch.
If you are a Key Worker and you need to send your child to school please email email@example.com.
The academy will be fully closed for the summer holiday period from Friday 17th July onwards until 1st September.
Advice on talking to young people and children about Covid 19 & isolation
These links have been grouped by age category to make it easier for you to find age-appropriate information for your child/ the child you’re supporting.
- Ehrenreich-May has produced a Vimeo on dealing with strong emotions when self-isolating with children
- BBC Bitesize – Advice on learning at home
- BBC Bitesize also has a range of home education activities
- 10 indoor activities for children if self-isolating
Resources for parents/ carers explaining COVID-19
- UNICEF’s 8 quick tips for talking to children about COVID-19
- The Flourishing Families Clinic (at the University of Sussex and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust) has produced some tips and advice on how to talk to your child about their COVID-19 anxieties
- The National Association of School Psychologists have produced a resource for parents for talking to children about COVID-19 anxieties
- Wandering Minds of a Psychologist explains why it is important to talk to children about COVID-19 and provides concrete examples of things to say/ questions to ask
- The Guardian – Advice on both how to talk to your child about COVID-19, and what to cover
Information for parents and carers on online safety
- Safety Net Kids – This resource has some really clear messages for children to help them stay safe online during social distancing
- NSPCC – This resource has some helpful information for parents, carers and professionals about online safety
For school aged children
- BBC’s Newsround has a COVID-19 website featuring a range of stories and videos on the outbreak
- Facts and myth-busting
- Newsround advice on how to manage worries about COVID-19
For older young people/ adults
- The World Health Organisation has released this video containing facts about COVID-19 and ways in which the spread can be prevented
- The Centre for Disease Control has produced a 1 page COVID-19 fact sheet
- MQ: Transforming Mental Health has produced a resource list around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your mental healt
Resources for children and young people with specific needs
- Additude has published some advice for parents of children with ADHD
- Anna Kennedy Online has provided some advice for parents of children with ASC
- Advice for reducing the impact of routine disruption for those with ASC
- Social story about COVID-19
- The international OCD foundation has published advice for parents of youth with OCD
- Mencap easy-read
These are resources for Staff:
Resources for those working with children
- The National Association of School Psychologists has a resource preparing mental health professionals in schools for infectious disease epidemics and outbreaks
- UNICEF has published advice for teachers
- The Centre for Disease Control – General principles for parents, teachers and any other professionals working with children
- The British Psychological Society have published some tips talking to children about COVID-19 concerns. It refers to “your child” but the tips and strategies are the same for any adults working with children, not just parents
Videos and Podcasts
- BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour: How to talk to children about COVID-19
- This Vimeo provides tips and advice about how to talk to your child about natural disasters and news events
- Ehrenreich-May is a child psychologists and has produced a Vimeo outlining three tips for talking to your child about COVID-19
- The Child’s Mind Institute has published a video providing advice on talking to children about COVID-19
Resources for adults
- The University of Oxford’s Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma has shared useful mental health advice for adults.
- OCD-UK have published advice on managing OCD symptoms with COVID-19
- OCD-UK have published advice on managing OCD symptoms with COVID-19
- Rethink have published general guidelines on managing mental health during the COVID-19 outbrea
For younger children
Mental health & wellbeing support
You can find lots more resources and useful links to supporting children, young people and parents with their mental health and wellbeing in the Parents Resources page on our website here.
Online Safety Advice For Parents
School closure means that students are more likely to be spending a lot more time online, you can find lots of guidance and information on keeping your child safe online here.
Phe Home Office published guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. This covers a range of online harms including radicalisation.
Resources & ideas for students and home learning
BBC Bitesize are providing 20 minute daily lessons for all year groups on a wide variety of subjects.
Creative Isolation is a fantastic website with links to a wide variety of home based, creative ways to support mental health and entertain the whole family.
Free Children's Classics eBooks & Audiobooks
Find Great Literature Online for Free https://readgreatliterature.com/how-to-find-great-literature-online-for-free/
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Virtual Story-times happening now!
Josh Gad's Gad Book Club - the man who contains the voice of Olaf in Frozen has been live-streaming himself reading picturebooks on his twitter account (https://twitter.com/joshgad). You can find the videos of past performances under the hashtag #GadBookClub
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams, the creator of the Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie has been live-streaming doodle workshops at 1pm ET every weekday, you can catch up with his videos here.
- Visit Museums & Art Galleries from home: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
- Imperial War Museum Online: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections
- London Transport Museum Online: https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online
- National Army Museum: https://collection.nam.ac.uk/
- Science Museum:https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/
- V&A Museum: https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections?type=featured
- Puppetry Workshops: https://puppet.org/center-for-puppetry-arts-home/
- National Literacy Trust Family Zone https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/
- RIBA Learning Resources: https://www.architecture.com/education-cpd-and-careers/learning/riba-national-schools-programme/learning-resources
Ballet & Opera
The Royal Opera House will be bringing the drama to your home, the theatre will offer a free schedule of both opera and ballet broadcasts so audiences can access world-class performances right at their fingertips.
Full details: https://secretldn.com/royal-opera-house-free-performances/
Musicians from John Legend to Chris Martin have been recording themselves playing concerts in their homes. You can catch up on these concerts here:https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=togetherathome
Dropkick Murphys Streaming Up from Boston
The Dropkick Murphys broadcast their annual Saint Patrick's Day concert live online from an empty studio. The full concert can be watched online here: https://youtu.be/5j06g0TE_Ao
Full-length Performances to Stream Online for Free
Things to do if your school library is closed, by Sarah Pavey: https://slgtalkingbooks.com/2020/03/23/things-to-do-if-your-school-library-is-closed/
More resources for students studying at home.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
Ted Ed https://ed.ted.com All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course https://thecrashcourse.com You Tube videos on many subjects
Crest Awards https://www.crestawards.org Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards https://idea.org.uk Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com All kinds of making.
Nature Detectives https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/ A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find Resources for English language learning
Big History Project https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games https://world-geography-games.com/world.html Geography gaming!
The Artful Parent https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ Good, free art activities