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Survey for parents of children with SEND

Birmingham City Council would like to gather views of parents of children with SEND about the support received from their services during lockdown. Please see the letter below and click on the link to complete the survey.

Dear Parent,
I hope you and your family are well.

I’m getting in touch to invite you to take part in our short survey to share your experiences during lockdown and tell us your views on the support you have received from different education services.

Please complete one survey for each child or young person with SEND. The survey is anonymous, however you can choose to include your contact details at the end if you would like to be more involved in shaping future SEND services.

Click here to access the survey

Thank you for taking part. We really value your feedback in helping us to monitor and continually improve our services for SEND families.

Please note that the survey will close at 12 midnight on Monday 13 July 2020.

With very best wishes,
Nichola Jones
Assistant Director Inclusion, SEND and Wellbeing

End of Year Reports

Dear Parents and Carers,

Usually, at this time of year, we would be preparing to send home your child’s end of year report. Our teachers have continued to work throughout the pandemic and have written reports for your children as they would have in previous years. However, as the majority of children are currently not in school, we will be sharing reports in a different way:

 

Y6 pupils 

As Year 6 will not be returning in September, we will send their reports to you through the post. If you have changed address during the period of partial-closure, you need to ensure that you have shared your new address with the school office. The reports will be posted out to you the week ending Friday 10th July 2020 so that they will be with you from the final week of term.

 

R-Y5 pupils 

The current government guidance states that children will be returning to school as of September 2020. We have therefore decided to share reports for children in this YG when they come back in the new academic year. These reports will be given to you, by hand, when school reopens in September.

In previous years, we have also shared your child’s new class teacher with you as part of the report. This year, we will be unable to do this so will share this information with you via the school website. A list of classes and teachers will be available on the school website as of Monday 13th July 2020.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch via the school closure email address: schoolclosure@hifield.bham.sch.uk

Take care and keep safe.

Best wishes,
Mr. Knibbs

September 2020

Dear Parents,

We are continuing to prepare for the wider reopening of our schools from September 2020. All plans that we make will be in conjunction with any advice or guidance from the government. Over the coming weeks, more information will appear on the school website to support you and share information in readiness for September. The letter below outlines the information we have to share so far along with some key dates for you all.

Take care and keep safe,
Mr. Knibbs

Please Click Here to read the letter.

Alternative FSM provision w/c 22nd June

We are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.

During the week commencing 22nd June, eligible pupils who are remaining at home will be issued with a £60 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for 4 weeks.

Your £60 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card. eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting freeschoolmeals.co.uk.

If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

Thank you for your continued support.

School Uniform Update from Morleys

Dear Parent / Carer,

We hope that you are staying well during this difficult time. In line with government guidelines we are planning to re-open with new social distancing measures in place to protect our staff and our customers. We look forward to supplying everything you need as early as possible so you can enjoy the rest of the summer knowing that you are ready to go back to school when term starts.

Shop Early

To help guarantee delivery in time, we are asking All New Starters AND Existing Pupils to make sure that they have at least ordered BEFORE JULY 31 .
Our returns policy has been extended to 120 days allowing you to buy early with confidence.

Shop Online

Having consulted with many Academies, Primaries and Trusts about the safe provision of uniform, we would like to recommend shopping online at www.schoolwearsolutions.com.
Simply use the “search by school” on the home page and enter your school name to begin... For guidance on how to measure your child please refer to our “size guide” on our website.

Yours sincerely,
Morleys Schoolwear

View Letter [PDF]

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Very Important - information about reopening

School re-opening following COVID-19 closures 

4th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,  

Firstly, I hope that you are all healthy, safe and well after what has been a really challenging time and that you also enjoyed your Eid celebrations. 

Following on from a Trust Board meeting on Wednesday morning, the Trust Board and CEO have taken the decision to begin a phased reopening of Highfield School beginning on Monday 15th June 2020. This will not affect the keyworker provision which will continue to run for those parents who need it. 

Before the half term break, senior leaders called the parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to establish how many children were planning to return to school. These numbers have now been confirmed and all children who said ‘yes’ to returning have been assigned a class group (also known as a ‘pod) 

  • Each pod will have the same adult and be in the same room every day – the maximum number in a pod will be 10
  • Each YG has an entrance/exit gate and time, which must be adhered to.
  • Each pod has allocated outdoor time throughout the day – this will adhere to social distancing regulations. 
  • Each pod will remain together throughout the school day and will not mix with, or encounter, any other pod.
  • The keyworker provision will continue as its own pod throughout school being open. 

If you have decided not to return your child to school, they will continue to learn from home. We will continue to signpost online learning and projects via our website. We will also signpost useful resources and activity ideas via our school Twitter page so please keep checking both of these regularly. Staff will continue to call pupils every 2-3 weeks but where staff are working in school with assigned bubbles, their calls will be picked up by a different member of staff. 

In order to minimise the risk to both pupils and staff, school will temporarily close to all pupils, including keyworker children, at 1pm on Friday afternoons. This enables staff to have their legal entitlement of planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time without additional adults working in multiple pods across the week. It is an essential part of minimising the risk posed by Covid-19 so we thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding with this. 

A second letter will follow this via post to all parents who have requested their child returns to school from Years 1 and 6. This will detail start dates/times/gate locations. It will also contain an updated ‘Parental Code Of Conduct’ which must be fully adhered to for children to be able to attend. Letters to Reception will be sent ahead of their return date but this start is dependent upon outcomes of the constant review of the risk assessments in place. (For more information on this, please refer to the letter from our CEO)

In the meantime, if you need to contact school, please use the schoolclosure@hifield.bham.sch.uk email address where will endeavour to help. 

If your child is returning to school soon, things are going to feel and look very different to how they did before we closed. I want to give you as much information ahead of time so that you are prepared. We will need all parents and children to comply with all new procedures. Read on for some FAQs for your consideration, which highlight further some of the measures in place to protect all stakeholders.  

FAQS:

How will children be grouped?

Children will need to be split into smaller groups with a maximum number of 10 children in one classroom. These groups will not be able to mix with other children or siblings during the school day. A timetable and rota will be used to ensure that there is minimal contact between groups of pupils and staff in school. Each year group will have its own start and finish time to stagger footfall traffic at each of the school gates. These times will be shared closer to the date that your child returns. 

 

What will happen at lunchtime?

We will not be able to provide hot lunches during this time so there will be a cold lunch offer instead. Lunch will be eaten within the classroom that groups have been assigned. If children bring their own packed lunch, this will need to be in a disposable bag as no normal lunch bags or boxes can travel between home and school. Children will need a labelled water bottle filled with water or squash. We will not be able to use water fountains within school at this time.  

 

Will my child be in their normal classroom?

Unfortunately, it may not be possible for children to be based in the classroom they are familiar with and they may also be with a different teacher. The use of resources will be limited to those that can be cleaned and we ask that children do not bring anything into school. The children will not be bringing reading books or homework home during this time but can continue to access all the home learning content on the school website. 

Can my child bring in their own resources e.g. a pencil case or their normal school bag?

No, unfortunately we cannot permit any personal items on site other than a coat and disposable lunch bag. The children will have their own desk for working on and a pack of stationery/resources will be provided. This pack will stay in school each night so it is ready for the next day and be used only by your child. The timetable of the day will be designed to enable us to maintain the safety measures we have put into place. 

What if my child became poorly whilst in school?

Should your child show symptoms or become unwell at school, they will need to be isolated from others. A first aid trained member of staff will wear protective clothing and support them while they wait for you to collect them. We ask that if we have to call you to collect your child, you come to school straight away – this is for the safety of your child and everybody else. Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if their symptoms are mild.

 

What happens if I choose to say ‘no’ to my child attending?

The Local Authority will not be issuing fines if your child does not attend school at this time. It is purely parental decision. Please make the choice which you believe is right for your family. If you do state that you would like your child to attend during your phone call, you will be asked for two working phone number contacts to be used in the case of an emergency. No child will be permitted on site until these have been checked. 

 

At this difficult time for us all, I appreciate how daunting this may seem. All measures that we have outlined here, and any others in our risk assessment, are intended to help minimise risk to our staff, children, parents and community. 

Take good care and best wishes to you all. 

Mr. Knibbs

Head of School 

Year 6 Transition to Secondary School

Dear Parents

We recognise that settling into a new school is a big step for you and your child. Our aim is to make this a very happy and smooth transition. We want to encourage all our children to reflect on the positive memories and experiences they have had in their primary schools and to encourage this positive mind-set moving forwards to this new and exciting chapter in their life. We appreciate the challenges that families are facing and want to provide as much support as possible. With this in mind, the Pastoral Team at PACT have been looking at the best way of supporting all year 6 children in these unprecedented times, with the transition to secondary schools. 

One of the ways we thought would be helpful was to produce the enclosed booklet.  It has a lot of thought provoking material in and should be really useful to get your children thinking about what they will need in regards to uniform etc. as well as getting them to think about any anxieties they may be facing.

It could be useful for you to work through this booklet with your child and to talk about what they should expect when moving to ‘BIG SCHOOL’ as this may help to support any worries or anxieties that they may have.  This booklet is for you and your child’s personal use and can be kept at home or taken to their new school with them.  It does not need to be returned to the PACT. They may find it helpful to take it with them to their new school if they have any questions that they need answering or are unsure about anything.

I hope you find the booklet helpful.  We are missing all of the children very much and hope that you are all keeping safe and well.  We look forward to seeing your children as soon as it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely
The Pastoral Team

Click here for the Transition Booklet