This is the most important survey to be carried out for many years regarding the travel needs of young people in Gloucestershire and will support a number of your initiatives and projects. Positive changes to travel and transport, will improve young people’s access to current and future career options, as well as education and leisure opportunities.
In September 2020 a dedicated community social work support line was established in the period prior to a return to the school environment for all children and young people in the context of COVID-19. This was established in order to provide an additional layer of support to partners, in particular schools when planning for children.
The Children’s Commissioner is running the largest ever survey of children in England – The Big Ask – to inform society’s recovery post-pandemic. The Big Ask is keen to hear from children in all parts of the country and hoping schools will support with getting as many children to respond as possible.
Please find attached an update of the GCC COVID-19 Risk Assessment to support schools and educational settings in Step 3 of the Government Roadmap from 17 May 2021. The aim of the risk assessment is to implement protective measures in government’s operational guidance to minimise the risk of transmission COVID-19 in schools.
Gloucestershire County Council and the NHS are supporting some local research that will go on to shape how local healthy weight services are delivered in Gloucestershire over the coming years and require secondary schools to help circulate a link to a short survey to parents of Year 7 children.
If you are finding that parents gathering at pick up and drop off times and not adhering to social distancing is particularly problematic at your school, District Local Authorities can arrange for a Community Protection Officer (aka Covid Marshall or equivalent) to attend the school and help create an even safer school environment, by chatting with parents and students at the school gates.
One third of primary schools in England have already enrolled on the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) programme to support disadvantaged children in their language skills, particularly in light of the lost learning due to COVID-19.
We recently shared details of additional wellbeing support which the county council is giving to all schools, academies, MATs and independents from 1 May. We have launched a Schoolsnet page which gives details of the offer. More information is now available here.
The Educational Visits Training arranged for Monday, 24 May 2021 is now fully booked so the Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) team has quickly set up an extra session on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at 9:30am.
Please find attached guidance for dealing with a COVID case during an educational visit. This guidance and the SHE model risk assessments for educational visits with COVID measures can be downloaded by schools from the Document Library on eVisit.
Recently a small number of children have presented to Gloucestershire hospitals following consumption of sweets containing cannabis, which closely resemble regular confectionary (please see photograph below for one example).
The Department for Education (DfE) is launching a new process to validate complete systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) teaching programmes. This process is for both previously assessed programmes and new applicants.
As part of the wider recovery package to support children with their mental health and wellbeing and to catch up on missed face-to-face learning, the Department for Education is providing £200m to enable as many secondary schools as possible to deliver face-to-face summer schools this year.
The South West Health Protection Team will be running further COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend. The sessions will cover infection prevention principles and then discuss scenarios to illustrate this.
The Business Service Centre at Gloucestershire County Council are continually looking to improve the service they deliver and have decided that in the interests of security and in order to prevent charging increasing costs they will withdraw paper DBS applications from 1 May 2021.
Following the national announcement of the reintroduction of PCR testing following a positive LFD test (at home or in school), our regional PHE Health Protection Team has updated and re-issued the flowchart for childcare and educational settings and the checklist for managing possible and confirmed cases and outbreaks of Covid-19. Both are attached here for your information.
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The premium must be spent by school proprietors on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all primary-aged pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.