Month: May 2020

Edenred FSM

There has been a regular issue of parents/carers not receiving eGift Cards from their chosen supermarket once redeeming their eCode from Edenred. Upon investigating this, the majority of issues were the result of parents/carers entering the wrong email address at the checkout on the Free School meals website. In some cases, the email address field …

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Safe to Learn

The latest edition of Safe to Learn, the half termly bulletin for Governors, Headteachers, Principals and Designated Safeguarding Leads in Schools, Academies and Alternative Providers that is published by the Northumberland Strategic Safeguarding Partnership and the Northumberland Education and Skills Service is available here.

Exceptional Costs associated with coronavirus (Covid-19) for the period from March to July 2020

Schools are reminded that the DfE has published guidance on exceptional costs associated with the Corona virus which is available here. Schools are not expected to make a claim if they anticipate that they will be able to add to their reserves in the 2020/21 financial year. All schools are asked to make the necessary …

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What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education can be found here. Information has been added about the Bank Holiday and half term as well as updated information on 30 hours free childcare, transport and SEND.

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND). UPDATED GUIDANCE: This guidance has been updated to include new information on the recommended approaches that local authorities, educational settings and parents should follow for the return of children and …

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Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test. A …

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EHCP Annual Reviews and Social Care – note for all SENCos

Children’s social care are centrally coordinating their contribution towards annual reviews for children and young people with EHCPs who are open to Early Help or have a Social Worker. Please can you send all annual review invites to SCEHCPreviewinvites@northumberland.gov.uk and social care will ensure that where a child or young person is open to them, an update will be …

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Services to Schools SLA Portal

Schools are requested to complete their purchases via the SLA portal by 5.00 p.m on Friday 22 May.  If Schools anticipate a problem in completing their purchases by Friday please contact the portal via the dedicated email address schoolslas@northumberland.gov.uk . Specific issues in relation to particular services should be directed to the relevant service contacts. 

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