8th May 2020

Dear Parent/Carers,

Thank you to all parents who have participated in the Questionnaire on the website. Mr Johnson is collating the responses and feeding back to school next week. There have been lots of positive responses but Mr Johnson has identified that a number of parents have not felt confident with the Home Learning and it has been a steep learning curve for them. I would like to thank you very much for the work that you are doing. Please don’t let it become an additional stress for you. We know that you are trying very hard to do the best that you possibly can, in the most difficult of circumstances. There is a new national helpline for parents called Starline. The details are below. Don’t underestimate also the important life skills that you will be teaching your children. From the photographs and feedback from Class Dojos, I know that you have also been facilitating the children with baking, gardening, imaginary play and a host of other activities, so give yourselves lots of credit for the skills that you and they have acquired.

https://smmrcburnley.school/parent-caregiver-home-learning-and-website-questionnaire/

Children learn important skills such as cooperation and resilience from life experiences, much as the people who have lived through World War Two. We have been celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in school today and we have prayed and paid tribute to those who lost their lives in both World Wars. We also continue to pray for those who have lost their lives with Covid-19. As Winston Churchill said, “It’s the courage to continue that counts.” This is a good message for us all now as we continue with the Lockdown and continue to endure the separation from families and friends and the disruption to our lives.

I continue to have requests for parents to access the Emergency Provision. We understand that it has been very difficult for parents in so many ways. We are continually risk assessing both the children in the Emergency Provision in and out of school, with particular regard to Key Workers and the vulnerable (which includes children with SEND and EHCPs).

One of the many challenges for the school is that initially I had a number of staff shielding and currently this number has increased. This does make it very difficult to provide staffing for higher numbers of children. We are looking at the rotas constantly and awaiting for the guidance due out on Sunday evening. We are making plans to increase the number of children accessing school but we will be following the Guidance and the Safeguarding advice very carefully. Currently we are able to provide Emergency provision for a small number of children of Key Workers who have no other choice, other than to send their children into school and those children identified as vulnerable by the school. I will keep all families updated. For now, we continue to follow the Government Guidance. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/

It was lovely to see Mr Cairns and some of the children from school on the Zoom Choir on Tuesday. I think when the Rainbow children come back to school – it will be a very emotional, both for parents, staff and children! In the words of Vera Lynn on VE Day- “We’ll meet again. Don’t knowwhen, don’t know where but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.”

Keep safe and keep praying for all those in need; all the Key workers, all the families in isolation, for those who are sick and for all those who lost their lives in the World Wars.

God Bless,

Bridget Parkinson (Headteacher)

Home Learner’s Headteacher Awards for week commencing 27th April. Look out for their photographs on the school website!

R – Oliver Etherington
1 – Lottie Stewart
2 – Keigan McCulloch
3 – Millie Stewart
4 – Cole Johnston-Senior
5 – Charlotte Glass
6 – Levi Sher

Please continue to keep an eye on the school website as we are regularly posting new items. LPDS TV has been devised for teachers, parents and children, offering short and simple tips, games and activities to keep children engaged with home learning. Each episode lasts around 10 minutes and will be available for free on the Learning Excellence YouTube channel and Facebook page on a weekly basis.

StarLine a new national helpline for parents 

A new national free telephone helpline for parents and carers has been created to provide personalised support and advice on home learning to support pupils until schools re-open.

StarLine, a sector-led initiative supported by voluntary sector partners and the Department for Education, offers parents and carers personalised advice and support from a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts. Available to all parents and carers of school children nationwide, a team of education and parenting experts will share tips, techniques and resources to help young people continue their learning while schools are closed, and to support family wellbeing. Parents and carers will be guided to help their children create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to quality resources.

StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. In addition to qualified teachers, callers can speak to experienced education and parenting experts who can provide support and advice on behaviour, wellbeing and help for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.  All calls are confidential, and advice is available six days a week by phoning 0330 313 9162. For more information visit www.starline.org.uk