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Latest Head Teacher Update

24/4/20

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

The government has launched a new initiative for parents and carers which I wanted to share with you hot off the press and which I hope you will find helpful. Details can be found below:

StarLine home learning helpline

StarLine – a new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide.

A group of partners including David Ross Education Trust, Freshworks, Future Academies, Inspiration Trust, Mumsnet, Oak National Academy, PLMR, StarAcademies, Triple P Positive Parenting Program and United Learning have come together to create and deliver StarLine. Each partner has pledged their people, expertise and resources to support StarLine.

StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:

  • By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
  • By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
  • By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
  • By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
  • By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.

StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.

The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.

School News

Staff are continuing to work hard behind the scenes to provide activities and guidance for your children and will continue to be communicated to you via SeeSaw and email.

As you know the government are still advising that schools remain closed to all pupils except for those of key workers and the most vulnerable. We continue to risk assess pupils on a case by case basis in order that a reduced provision place can be offered to those most in need. Government advice remains that children are safer at home so that risk of exposure to and from the virus is kept to an absolute minimum. The School Leadership Team are now starting to plan for a re-opening when the government advise that it is 100% safe to do so.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from all of us at Culverhill for supporting your children and the school by staying home during this crisis. I know that it is not always easy to provide learning experiences at home in the way they would be delivered in school but I would like to emphasise that whatever your child is doing at home, they will be learning from it. The most important thing is that they are safe and physically and mentally well. Please don’t think that your child might be falling behind because they will not be. They are learning so many other important aspects of life whilst at home and that is why having conversations with them, answering their questions, reassuring them, practicing life-skills and playing games are very important activities. For example, it is incredible how much they will be using and consolidating their literacy skills, numeracy skills and communication skills when cooking or playing or through having a conversation. We will be there ready to pick things up when school returns to normal provision.

I wish you all a restful and enjoyable weekend and please continue to follow government advice by staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Very best wishes from us all at Culverhill,

Sue Hewitt

Headteacher

Culverhill School