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Educational psychology - 01992 588 574 (Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm)

Specialist Advice and Support Services; see service times below) - 01442 453 920 (term time only)

  • Specific Learning Difficulties: Monday and Thursday 9.30am - 12pm
  • Speech, Langauge, Communication and autism Needs: Tuesday and Wednesday 1.30pm - 4pm
  • Early years: Wednesday 9am - 12pm and Thursday 1.30pm - 4pm


Resource area

We have collected practical resources to help you on a number of topics - whether you are home educating, or need strategies for mental wellbeing and building daily routines.

View our Resources Area now.

Latest guidance given to schools by the Education Leadership Team

15 October 2020 8.50am

Here's a run down of the key topics from the twice-weekly update schools receive from our Education Leadership Team (from over the last 2 weeks):

  • Headteachers are asked to remind staff and families to stay informed about travel advice and quarantine rules, if they are planning to travel during half term. The list of travel corridors (places you can go to where you may not have to self-isolate) is continuously changing. Check the latest travel exemption list on gov.uk. Any staff or students who travel to a location outside of the approved travel corridor will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days on their arrival back into the UK.

  • Schools can now apply for a Fixed Penalty Notice for children who are not attending school due to a non-Covid-19 related reason. For example, for an unauthorised holiday, or if a parent refuses to agree that a child returns to school. Schools have to discuss any applications for a penalty notice with our (Hertfordshire County Council) Attendance Team; they will share information and explore all possible support that could be given to the family before an application is submitted. The Attendance Team will not process any penalty notice application where they have not had a conversation with the school first, and they will also contact the family for their perspective.There's more information about attendance policy on The Grid.

  • Some schools have been asking about attendance data, and based on the data from DfE which schools are asked to fill out every day, attendance is looking positive. Attendance in Hertfordshire on 7 October was at 92%.

  • Schools have been asked to remind parents that if a child attends school while experiencing covid symptoms, or whilst a family member they live with experiences symptoms, this is breaking the law, and they could be fined up to £1000. Gov.uk has more information on the new legal duty to self-isolate.

Managing multiple bubbles for children attending Overnight Short Breaks (OSB) and Short Breaks Local Offer (SBLO)

2 October 2020,1pm

We know how important overnight and short breaks are to families and we have been working hard with our providers to ensure that they are as available and accessible to families as possible. It may not be possible for OSB and SBLO providers to keep children in the same bubble they are in during the school day, so we are asking providers to put in place other ways to minimise the risk of transmission of Coronavirus.

We also ask parents and carers to consider carefully the number of settings their child attends overall in order to prevent their child from mixing with multiple different groups of children.

The OSB and SBLO Providers have put the following COVID-19 protective measures in place, which are based on the government's guidance for providers of holiday and after school clubs.

  • Staying away from Overnight Short Breaks and Short Breaks Local Offer settings if any of the following apply:
  1. 1.  themselves or a member of their family has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
  2. 2. they have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to isolate at home
  • using the same staffing within groups of children
  • encouraging staff and children to clean their hands more often than usual
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often
  • cleaning of toilets and washrooms more often
  • changing the environment to allow for social distancing between children
  • keeping children in small bubbles of 15 children or less
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when providing personal care. Providers have been trained in infection control and correct use of PPE
  • The OSB premises are deep cleaned regularly, and individual bedrooms are deep cleaned after each stay. All non-essential items, such as soft toys and cushions have been put away, to minimise risk from contaminated surfaces. Hand sanitiser dispensers are included in different areas for quick access to both staff, children and essential external visitors
  • Providers will keep family contact details so that if needed Test and Trace can happen quickly

Catch-up Funding for Schools

2 October 2020, 10am

What is it?

The government has announced that funding will be available to schools (during the academic year 2020 - 2021), to help make up for lost teaching time caused by the disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic. ALL schools will receive this directly from the Department of Education. 

How much money will schools receive?

  • funding will be calculated on the number of pupils.
  • every mainstream school will be given £80 per pupil.
  • special schools will be given £240 per pupil.

What can schools spend this money on?

  • each school gets to decide how to spend the funding.
  • it could be spent on things like extra tuition, therapies or training for staff.
  • in order to understand how you school is spending the funding money, you should contact the school directly.

An update from The Children and Young People's Integrated Therapies Service

9 September, 10am

Our therapy staff have now returned from their redeployed roles and can now contact more families and offer more appointments. Along with the Advice Line they are delivering support in an number of ways, including virtually.

Visit the HCT website to see more about what Integrated Therapies are delivering.

Advice Line: 01992 823 093

Please leave a message and a therapist will contact you.

 

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