Education information for parents/carers
Primary schools in England have started welcoming back children in key transition years - nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6. Secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges will also work towards the possibility of providing some face-to-face contact with young people in year 10 and year 12 to help them prepare for exams next year.
Priority groups, including vulnerable children and children of critical workers who have been eligible to attend throughout school closures, will continue to be able to attend schools, colleges and early years settings as they are currently.
Vulnerable children include those who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including those with child in need plans, on child protection plans, looked after children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
The majority of children with SEN, who receive SEN support at school but do not have an EHC plan, would be expected to stay home unless they have a social worker or a parent/carer who is a key worker.
Education settings are handling lots of different demands, so please check their website first if you have any questions about the education of your child.
If you live in Hillingdon and your child is not on any school roll, email the school placement and admissions team at email@example.com.
Free school meals this summer
The guidance for schools and councils on free school meals arrangements during the outbreak has been updated. This now reflects the increase in the income threshold from £16,190 a year to £31,500 a year for London and £28,200 for areas outside of London.
Mental health in schools toolkit relaunched
A new range of resources has been designed to help manage mental wellbeing during this outbreak and includes a range of advice and information for children and young people, parents, carers, schools, governors and commissioners on mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Guidance for parents and schools
- Pupils who are at home will be set activities by their school - please encourage your children to complete these and to contact friends by phone and/or email (following safety online).
- Your child's school is your main contact and schools will contact pupils.
- Information, guidance and support for parents/carers of children who are learning at home
- Updated information for parents/carers about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak
- Information for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June
Guidance for schools and education settings
- Supporting vulnerable children and young people
- Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement protective measures
- Guidance for settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities
Online learning resources
- The Department for Education has published a list of online educational resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home.
- Our free online resources for library members provide access to a range of reading materials, reference resources, databases and articles with our free online resources for library members. You can also learn and practice with e-learning tools and explore history and genealogy.
Staying safe online
During the current restrictions, the police are calling on parents, friends and family to pay particular attention to what young or vulnerable people in their care are looking at online.
The police believes that social isolating measures could make some of the most vulnerable people in society more susceptible to radicalisation (the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism) or other forms of grooming, and that the risk of being drawn into violent extremism may increase for some vulnerable people.
If you have any worries or concerns, visit the dedicated Let's Talk About It website, which has advice and guidance on what signs to look out for and what to do and where to go for help if you think somebody is being placed at, or is at, particular risk of being radicalised and drawn into violent extremism or terrorism.
If you need support from the council, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01895 556644.